Ways to Repurpose Almost Dead Flowers

Ways to Re-purpose Almost Dead Flowers

 When you buy flowers online, you’re sure to be pleased with their vibrant look while they’re fresh, but what do you do when they start wilting and dying? If you’re like most people, your instinct is to simply throw them out and opt for some new, fresher bouquets. However, just because your flowers are a bit wilted doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s time for them to go to the trash. There are actually plenty of innovative and creative ways that you can re-purpose almost dead flowers after you received them from an online flower delivery.
Frame Them
One of the most artistic ways to re-purpose wilted flowers is to simply frame them and then hang them on the wall where they can be used as decorations. Not only is this an economic way to decorate your home, but it’ll also give your home customisation and make it so that you can enjoy the flowers you had to sent to you forever. This is especially beneficial if the flowers were a gift from a loved one.
Transform Them Into Potpourri
Potpourri is a great way to ensure that your home always smells lovely, but instead of buying pre made potpourri from the store, transform your old flowers into potpourri. Simply hang your flowers up and allow them to dry out completely, and then crumble them into a decorative basket or glass jar to enjoy their fragrance for weeks to come. When their natural fragrance eventually fades, you can revamp the fragrance using a variety of potpourri recipes or by simply purchasing some potpourri fragrance at a store.
Turn Them Into Bookmarks 
You can also use wilted flowers that you ordered from an online florist as bookmarks. Although roses are most popularly used for this, you can use any type of flowers that you wish. Just allow the blossoms to dry out completely, and then press them down by placing them between the pages of a heavy book.
Use Them as Fresheners 
Many varieties of flowers, such as roses, retain their scent for weeks long after they are wilted and even dead. Instead of placing dryer sheets and other common types of fresheners in the drawers of your dressers and chests, use the petals from dead flowers instead. Wrap the petals in something like an old sock and then fold it so that the petals will stay contained and won’t fall out, and then place the package in your drawers, your car or anywhere else that needs a bit of freshening up to give the area a nice floral scent.
Make Bath Products Out of Them 
Instead of purchasing bath bombs, salts, bubbles and more that have floral fragrances, make your own bath bombs out of your old flower bouquets. There’s many bath bomb, salt, bubbles and other recipes you can find online. The more dried flowers petals you add to the recipes, the stronger your bath scents will be.
Your online delivery of flowers shouldn’t go to waste just because the flowers have lost their freshness. As you can see, there are still a ton of things you can do with wilted and almost dead flowers to re purpose them and make the flowers you received from an online florist last longer.

How to Make Flowers Last Longer: 8 Pro Tricks

How to Make Flowers Last Longer: 8 Pro Tricks

If you’re looking for a way to make those Valentine’s Day roses, graduation bouquet, or anniversary arrangement bloom vibrantly and stay fresh for a few more days, try one of these tips that use household ingredients to make your flowers last longer.

Soda

Don’t throw away those last drops of soda! Pour about 1/4 cup into the water in a vase full of cut flowers. The sugar in the soda will make the blossoms last longer. Note: If you have a clear vase and want the water to remain clear, use a clear soda, like Sprite or 7-Up.

Hair Spray

Just as it preserves your hairstyle, a spritz of hair spray can help your cut flowers look fresh longer. Stand a foot away from the bouquet and give them a quick spray, just on the undersides of the leaves and petals.

Apple Cider Vinegar

Everyone likes to keep cut flowers around as long as possible, and there are several good methods. One way is to mix 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar and 2 tablespoons sugar with the vase water before adding the flowers. Be sure to change the water (with more vinegar and sugar, of course) every few days to enhance your flowers’ longevity.

Vodka

The secret to keeping cut flowers looking good as long as possible is to minimize the growth of bacteria in the water and to provide nourishment to replace what the flower would have gotten had it not been cut. Add a few drops of vodka (or any clear spirit) to the vase water for antibacterial action along with 1 teaspoon sugar. Change the water every other day,

Aspirin

It’s a tried-and-true way to keep roses and other cut flowers fresh longer: Put a crushed aspirin in the water before adding your flowers. Also, don’t forget to change the vase water every few days.

Bleach

Freshly cut flowers will last longer if you add 1/4 teaspoon bleach per quart (1 liter) of vase water. Another popular recipe calls for 3 drops bleach and 1 teaspoon sugar in 1 quart (1 liter) water. This will also keep the water from getting cloudy and inhibit the growth of bacteria.

Coins

Your posies and other cut flowers will last longer if you add a copper penny and a cube of sugar to the vase water. The copper in pennies is thought to act like an acidifier, which prevents the growth of bacteria.

Sugar

Make your own preservative to keep cut flowers fresh longer. Dissolve 3 tablespoons sugar and 2 tablespoons white vinegar per quart (liter) of warm water. When you fill the vase, make sure the cut stems are covered by 3-4 inches (7-10 centimeters) of the prepared water. The sugar nourishes the plants, while the vinegar inhibits bacterial growth. You’ll be surprised how long the arrangement stays fresh!
Some of these tricks are used by us and have proven to be quite useful. However we still insist the natural changing of water in a vase and cutting the stems at at 45 degree angle every day will lengthen the life of your flowers.
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