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Make a Dried Flower Shadow Box

Lynn Coulter
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shadow box frame with dried flowers

A shadow box created with dried flowers from your garden makes a beautiful gift or addition to your home decor. Ours is made with dried daises, zinnias, garden mums, and mini rose buds, but you can use other varieties or substitute silk or commercially dried blooms.

To “dress up” the box, use a background fabric such as velvet or moire instead of the burlap pictured here. An antiqued finish gives the box a rustic feel; if you prefer, choose a different finish. Flower artist and designer Ellen Bowman, author of “Dry Your Own Flowers,” says, “A metallic glaze would look amazing on a black or dark base coat.”

Garden Flower Bouquet Shadow Box

(Dried daises, zinnias, garden mums and mini rose buds)


  •  8″x10″ shadow box
  • 4 different varieties of dried flower heads
  • 10 to 12 3-inch dried flower stems
1⁄2 yard ribbon
  •  4 1⁄2″ pearl beads (available at craft stores)
8″X10″ piece of burlap (or burlap paper, available from craft stores) or other fabric
  • Antiquing base paint* 
  • Sealing glaze*
  • Small paint brushes*

*Base paints, glazes, and brushes are available in most Home Depot Paint Departments. An associate will be glad to help you find what you need.


Glue the burlap fabric or paper to the inside back of the frame for a rustic look, or use a different fabric for a more elegant look. Take a small handful of Spanish moss and evenly stretch it to a somewhat rectangular or square shape. Lightly glue it down here and there to the background.( You can trim the edges of the moss after you’re done to tidy up the appearance). Stack the 3” stems side by side at the center bottom of the moss shape and glue them in place. Glue the rows of flower heads side by side starting with the bottom row first. Finish off any flower centers with the half pearl beads. Make a bow and glue it onto the stems.

This project is part of our Stretch Gardening series, designed to help you enjoy your garden past the traditional growing season!

Special thanks to Ellen Bowman for her assistance with this series. Ellen has sold her dried arrangements at art shows and craft fairs all across New York and North Carolina. 

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