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How to Create a Beautiful Dried Flower Garland

How to Create a Beautiful Dried Flower Garland

At Gardenista, here’s what we are obsessing over right now: DIY Project No. 20 from Brooklyn stylist Shane Powers’ new book. But the garland looks kind of hard to make. “No, not at all,” Shane says and then offers some extra tips. Here’s what he divulged:

Photographs via Bring the Outdoors In.

Above: Shane’s new book Bring the Outdoors In features nearly two dozen DIY garden-to-home craft projects that range from easy—”a styling or gesture you could do in an hour”—to complex. Where does the dried flower garland fit into that spectrum? “Medium,” says Shane. “It’s about the repetition of stringing the dried flowers.”

For step-by-step instructions and a materials list, see Bring the Outdoors In.

Tip No. 1: “Be prepared that as you’re stringing it, a few things are going to break off. Because they’re dried. But don’t worry about it; just keep going,” says Shane.

Above: A veteran stylist who worked in Martha Stewart’s craft department and later developed a line of vases for West Elm, Shane wanted to “bring a contemporary aesthetic to the idea of what a garden craft project could be,” he said.

Tip No. 2: If you want to make a really long garland—and believe it, we do—it’s best to make several shorter lengths and then tie them together. “Otherwise it becomes too long to handle,” says Shane.

Above: Tip No. 3: Collect dried flowers from several sources. “You want a huge variety of color, it just looks better,” says Shane. For dried flowers, he recommends checking out such sources as Jamali Garden, Joann Fabrics, and Michael’s Crafts.

Shane’s book, Bring the Outdoors In, is available for $24.95 from Terrain.

Once you’ve conquered this garland, here’s another to try.

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2:35AM PDT on May 1, 2014

Fascinating information I haven’t been experienced such information in quite a long time. shave ice syrup

6:51PM PDT on Apr 22, 2013

AMBITIOUS FLOWER COLLECTING ... NICE. THANKS

1:10AM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Thanks for sharing.

12:36AM PDT on Mar 22, 2013

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7:58PM PDT on Mar 20, 2013

thank you

2:40AM PDT on Mar 18, 2013

Thanks

11:05PM PDT on Mar 14, 2013

Looks lovely

6:05PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Looks like a good project for a long winter day.

2:26PM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

oh I want to make one! so pretty but I think I would want one with colors from the same spectrum...like pink, purple, fuscia

10:13AM PDT on Mar 11, 2013

Thanks for sharing the interesting idea; very nice.

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