4 Fun Ways to Reuse Wedding Floral Arrangements

Floral arrangements add a special touch to a wedding, but after the event is over, you need to decide what to do with the old arrangements. Luckily, there are lots of fun and creative ways to recycle old flowers. Take a look at these ideas:

1. Donate them.

Share the joy of your special day with others by donating your the floral arrangements from your wedding. Contact a nursing home, a hospital or a similar type of facility, and offer to give them your flowers to brighten the rooms of their residents or patients. Alternatively, find a charity that donates flowers, and let them make the arrangements for you.

2. Make potpourri favors.

Old floral arrangements make great potpourri. Simply dismantle the arrangements and cut all of the flowers and greenery into small pieces. Put your oven on the lowest heat setting possible, spread the flowers over a cookie sheet and place them in the oven.

When the flowers appear totally dried out, remove them and let them cool. Sprinkle the flowers into small linen bags, and when you write thank you notes, send a bag of wedding memory potpourri to each of your guests. It's a fun and unique post-wedding favor.

3. Use pressed flowers to make thank you cards.

Handmade thank you cards look classy, and they are a great way to reuse your floral arrangements. To start, pull the flowers out of you arrangements, place them on a flat surface and lay a heavy dictionary or phonebook over them. Wait for a few days until they are flat and dry.

Cut and fold pieces of cardstock into the shape of greeting cards. Use a very small amount of glue to attach your pressed flowers to the front of the card. Allow them to dry, and add any additional decorations or embellishments to the card as desired. Finally, write your thank-you message on the inside and mail them to your guests.

4. Make anniversary candles.

This project takes a while to complete, but it creates results that will last for years. Press your flowers as directed above. As they flatten, buy a large batch of pillar candles and some candle wax (sold at most craft stores).

Heat up the wax, and dip a dried flower into it. Push the flower into the candle, and allow the wax to cement it into place. Repeat this process with additional flowers until you have the look you want on your candle.

Then, slip the whole candle into your container of hot wax. Hold onto the wick while dipping the candle, and dip it quickly so that the rest of the wax on the candle doesn't melt. When you are done, you have an anniversary candle. Repeat this process until you have made dozens of candles or until all of your flowers are gone. Then, on your anniversary every year, burn one of these special candles that has parts of your wedding flowers in it.

For more ideas on reusing old floral arrangements after a wedding or any other type of event, contact a floral expert like Roses Farm.