Tips on What to Do With Dead Flower Arrangements


Unless they are made of silk, flower arrangements eventually die. Fortunately, those dead flowers do not have to end up in the garbage. Instead, turn the dead flower arrangement into potpourri. Potpourri fills your home---or other areas---with a pleasant scent. Potpourri can be dried, liquid, placed in decorative bowls or filled in sachets and hung in closets. The possibilities are endless.


  • Before you can use the dead flowers you must dry them out completely. Remove the dead flower arrangement from the vase. Tie the stems of the flowers together with a piece of yarn, twine or string. Find a cool dry room and hang the dead flower arrangement upside down. Make sure the flowers are hung in an out-of-the-way area where they will not be disturbed. It will take about two weeks for the flowers to dry completely.

Dry Potpourri

  • Dried, dead floral arrangements can be turned into an elegant one-of-a-kind potpourri. Once the flowers are completely dry, remove the dead blooms from the stems by cutting them with a pair of scissors or pruning shears. Begin to arrange the cut blooms into the dish of your choosing. Sprinkle a few drops of essential oil over them. Essential oil is available at department stores and comes in a variety of scents. You can add more or less of the essential oil to the blooms, depending on how strong you want the fragrance to be.

Liquid Potpourri

  • Liquid potpourri typically is used in simmering pots. As the simmering pot warms, it heats up the liquid potpourri, which in turn fills the air with a pleasant floral aroma. Begin by pouring ½ a bottle of baby oil into a cooking pot. Set the stove on medium heat and place the cooking pot on the burner. Pull the petals off of the desired dead flowers and place them into the cooking pot. You can add a few drops of essential oil to the mixture, in your favorite fragrance, if you feel it is necessary. Turn the heat up to high and allow the mixture to boil for 4 to 5 minutes. After the allotted time, reduce the heat back down to medium and keep it simmering. After 15 minutes, remove the cooking pot from the heat. The mixture must cool down for at least 15 minutes. Fish out the flower petals from the mixture using a slotted spoon and discard them into the garbage. You can now fill your simmering pot with the liquid. If you have leftover liquid potpourri, pour it into glass jars and store away until needed. You can also place decorative labels on the jars and give the liquid potpourri as homemade gifts.

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