We hope you kept lots of beautiful blooms from your late summer/fall garden, following our easy tips on how to dry and preserve flowers and foliage.
Even if you didn’t keep your own flowers, you can make the sweet jewelry box, shown at right, with silk or commercially dried flowers, ferns, and leaves. Just follow our directions below. Adapt the box for a Christmas gift by substituting a fabric or finish in a seasonal color like red, green, or gold.
Dried Flower Jewelry Box
(Mini daisies, garden mums, zinnia and tiny leaves or fern tips)
- 1 Unfinished jewelry box with glass top (available at craft stores)
- Paint to cover outside and inside of box (Allow for at least two coats. Spray paint or a faux finish is fine.)
- 1 Sheet of chipboard paper (from scrapbooking department of a craft store) or small piece of mat board, same size as box lid (frame department of craft store)
- 1 Sheet of burlap paper or piece of burlap fabric, same size as box lid (or substitute other fabric or scrapbook paper as desired)
- Several small, “flat faced” dried flower heads like zinnias or daises (the space under the glass will be very shallow)
- Tiny dried leaves or fern tips
- One or more half beads for flower centers
- Paint brush, unless you use spray paint (available in many Home Depot paint departments)
Remove the glass and back of the lid. Unscrew or pull out the pins holding in the wooden piece of the back.
Sand the rough areas of the box and round off the sharp corners and edges by sanding. Paint the box inside and out with several coats of paint, allowing time to dry between each coat.
When the box is thoroughly dry, super glue just the corners of the glass onto the TOP of the opening in the lid. This will give you a little more space to fit the flowers in. When the corners are dry, run a small bead of glue all along the edges of the glass to set the glass in firmly.
Cut a piece of mat board or chipboard paper about a 1⁄4 of an inch larger, on every side, than the small wooden back of the lid.
Paint one side the same color as the box. Cover the other side of this chipboard/mat board with a same size piece of your fabric or paper and glue in place.
Before gluing them down, arrange the leaves and or ferns in a pleasing shape. This will serve as the base for the flowers. Glue them down before moving onto the flowers. Do the same with the flower grouping. If the flowers get “squashed” under the glass, remove the petals from the flower center and put them in a circle around a 1⁄2 bead which then becomes the flower’s center and is much flatter.
When you have the flowers the way you want them, glue them to the fabric. Run a bead of glue along the edge of your board on top of the fabric and press up onto the opening in the lid. Press firmly and hold until dry. For a nice added touch, line and glue the inside of the box with special fabric or flocked paper.
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. Visit her at Dry Your Own Flowers.
Try more of our special projects using dried flowers, all from our Stretch Gardening series: