Lately, along with all the plantita posts, we've been noticing how dried flowers are suddenly popping up all over our Instagram feed.
We confirmed it was a trend when the Instagram mom crowd's favorite stylist and our friend, Indy Ycasiano, started doing dried flower arrangements on her venture Smitten Floristry.
We caught up with Indy and asked her all about it.
Stylist Indy Ycasiano
GLH: Why dried flowers, Indy?
"I love how when flowers dry, their colors become muted and their shape changes and they develop a texture that you don't get when the flowers are fresh - lending them a very otherworldly appeal. They can be quite sculptural. Dried flowers are also very low maintenance and quite practical. They are long-lasting and can be rearranged and combined to create a fresh, new look."
A peek at Indy's work space
GLH: How do you take care of them?
"Although dried flowers last a long time, they don't last forever. Care must be properly given them so they last you a few years.
1. Keep them away from direct sunlight, which cause the colors to fade and make them brittle.
2. Please remember that they do not need water. Moisture and humidity are their number one enemy.
3. If they need cleaning, use canned air, or your blower on its lowest cool setting. Alternatively, a feather duster may be useful but risky for small dried brittle leaves or tiny flowers.
4. Try to keep them away from high traffic areas. Dried flowers are fragile and can break easily."
Keep dried blooms away from high-traffic areas
GLH: Top tips for arranging them?
"Very much like what I do with fresh florals, I determine the shape I want to achieve, taking into consideration the vase size.
"I focus on a focal flower and build my way from there, filling outwards towards the edges until I get the shape I want. Then I proceed to insert the fillers to add fullness or texture.
"Just remember that dried flowers lose their flexibility and are brittle so you need to exert extra care when placing them into the vase."
Ready to create your own dried flower arrangements? Get inspired with Indy's creations below. If you're not the DIY type, you can get one from Indy. Find her as @smittenfloristry on Instagram.