There is always something about receiving fresh flowers that brings cheer to the home. In perfect bloom, they bring color and a lovely scent to our lives for a short time. But flowers usually don’t last long and will eventually start to wilt and die. The next time you receive flowers, don’t let them just sit on your counter until they wilt and end up in the garbage. Instead, try these 6 creative ways to recycle flowers and give them a second life:

How to recycle flowers

Flower Perfume

What you need:

  • Water
  • Flower petals
  • Cheesecloth
  • Small saucepan
  • Small bottle container

This delicate perfume is an all natural, chemical-free alternative to expensive store-bought perfumes. The best part is that it is water-based and earth-friendly. Gently wash your flower petals to remove any dirt and sediments. To soak your flowers, take your saucepan and line it with cheesecloth. Put the flowers into the cheesecloth and fill the saucepan with water until it covers the flowers. Place a lip on the saucepan and let the petals soak overnight.

Once your flowers are soaked, remove the lid and cheesecloth. Squeeze any excess flower-scented water. Simmer the water on low heat until it reduces to about a teaspoon. Let the perfume cool. Once cool, bottle your perfume in a capped container. It will last for a month if stored in a cool, dry place.

DIY Flower Perfume

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Blooming Tea Balls

What you need:

  • Edible flowers (i.e. Fuschias, Jasmine, Chamomile)
  • Needle & cotton thread
  • Fresh tea leaves
  • Wax paper
  • Baking Tray

Gather your edible flowers and wash and dry them. Taking your fresh tea leaves, place the leaves between two sheets of wax paper and flatten them with heavy books. Do not leave them underneath the books for more than an hour or else the leaves will wilt and dry. Take a sharp knife and cut the leaves lengthwise into 1/4 inch strips. Lay the trimmed tea leaves on a flat surface in a wheel pattern and place the edible flowers in the center. Gather the leaves and flowers, holding the stems tightly together and sew the stems around the stem bundle. Roll the bundle into a ball.

Set your oven to its lowest temperature, and placing your bundles on a baking tray bake them for 20 to 30 minutes. And you’re finished! Brew your new flowering tea balls in a clear pot and boiling water and watch them deflower.

DIY Floral Tea

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Potpourri

What you need:

  • Flowers
  • Parchment paper
  • Baking tray
  • Scissors
  • Essential oils
  • Citrus fruits (optional)
  • Fresh herbs (optional)
  • Whole spices (optional)

Preheat your oven to 200˚F. Take your baking tray and line it with parchment paper. Cut your flowers from the stem right below the head and place them on the tray. You can also pull apart individual petals and place them in a single layer on the tray. If you want to add more scent yo your potpourri, slice your citrus fruits and arrange them accordingly. You can also add herbs such as rosemary and thyme, or spices such as cinnamon sticks and star anise. Add 10 to 15 drops of your favorite essential oils to your potpourri, then place them in the oven for about 2 hours or until the flowers appear brittle. When the potpourri is ready, remove them from the oven and allow to cool. Once your potpourri is cooled to room temperature, place them in a bowl or small basket to display.

DIY Potpourri

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Rose Petal Soap

  • Soap base
  • Dried rose petals
  • Soap molds
  • Essential oils

Cut the soap base into small pieces and place them a bowl. Microwave the soap on high for about 30 seconds, or until completely melted. Add 1-2 drops of essential oil of your choice, stirring occasionally. Take your soap molds and place a few petals on the bottom. Add a small layer of the melted soap base and let try for 20 minutes. Repeat this layering process until you get the desired look. Let the soap harden for at least an hour. To speed the drying process you can also place the molds in the refrigerator. You’ll know that the soap is completely dry when they easily pop out of the molds.

DIY Flower Soap

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Bath Salts

What you need:

  • 8 oz. Dead sea salt
  • 6 0z. Epsom salt
  • 3 teaspoons of dried flowers of choice (i.e. lavender, rose)
  • Jars
  • 3 ml Essential oils

In a large bowl, add the dead sea salt and epsom salt and mix together with your hands. Add the essential oils to the salt and mix. There are combinations of fragrance oils and dried flowers out there, so pick the one that fits you best. Add 3 large teaspoons the dried flowers of your choice and mix once again. Store your bath salts into jars and that’s it! Recycle flowers and enjoy your new bath salts as a way to relax at the end of a day.

DIY Flower Bath Salts

Photo: Анастасия Щербинина via Flickr

Dried Flower Candle

  • Dried flowers
  • 1 Basic recipe molded candle
  • Craft Adhesive
  • 1.5 pounds paraffin wax
  • Thermometer

Take your dried flowers and using any craft adhesive, arrange the dried flower petals to the molded candle accordingly to your liking. In a 9-inch dipping can place the can in the bottom of a double boiler over medium heat to melt the paraffin wax. Take your thermometer and heat the wax until it reaches 205˚F. Holding the candle by the wick, carefully dip it in the wax, holding it for 5 seconds. Repeat this step until there is no more wax, and leave to dry for two hours. Trim the wick to 1/4 inch and be ready to light your candle. The best way to recycle flowers for the lingering scent.

DIY Flower Candle

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So now you know how to recycle flowers, we hope you will give them a whole new lease of life.

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