These Dried Floral Bouquets Make Beauty Last Forever (And They Make Great Gifts!)

Treat Mom — or yourself — to something different this Mother's Day with an on-trend dried floral arrangement.

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April 21, 2021

The gift of fresh flowers comes with a certain amount of bittersweetness as the beautiful blooms wither. How serendipitous then, that so many retailers are highlighting the exquisite beauty and rare flowers that distinguish contemporary dried flower arrangements.

Photo by: Williams Sonoma

Williams Sonoma

Instead of the sad, dust-trapping wheat and baby's breath of yore, today's dried flower arrangements source blooms from far-flung locales like South Africa and the Netherlands and use color and form in fresh, novel ways. No longer country chic, today's arrangements are luxe and made to blend in with the most traditional or contemporary decor. Choose a simple or designer arrangement to suit your mama's taste.

Notable for their wide selection of stylish dried bouquets, floral delivery service UrbanStems offers some great tips for caring for your dried flowers and keeping them looking their best.

  • Keep indoors out of harsh environments and out of direct light.
  • Avoid rooms with high humidity.
  • Spray compressed air (the kind sold to clean electronics) onto dried flowers to eliminate dust. The spray comes out fast, so make sure the can is not too close to the flowers. You can also use a hairdryer on the "no heat" setting.

And (I think) it goes without saying, but...

  • Do not water. These bouquets contain dried and preserved stems and will deteriorate with any moisture.
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For the creative and budget-minded gift giver, this delightfully playful bunch of dried lagurus can be ordered in a variety of colors, but I love the pop of the teal-tinted "bunny tails." The bunch is substantial enough you could make two gifts from it, or arrange a few artful stems in a striking vase for yourself and gift the rest. With the right bold-colored or architectural vase, this would be an imaginative, sweet Mother's Day surprise. Just be aware, these are wrapped in a very uneventful plastic and should not be gifted to Mom as-is; their success will all depend on how you place them in a vessel for presentation.

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One of my favorite affordable dried flower options, this cute-as-a-billy-button UrbanStems arrangement is defined by the whimsy of sunshine yellow craspedia (billy balls/buttons). The Honeycomb bouquet is bright, cheerful and sure to bring a smile to your mother's face. It comes with a white ceramic vase and is beautifully presented for gift-giving. The Honeycomb features dried craspedia, bleached hydrangea, broom bloom and dried immortelle. UrbanStems advises gently fluffing the flowers upon receipt. You can also add on other treats with your floral gift, like Sugarfina cookies and candy, candles and quirky balloons.

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This striking, sophisticated arrangement, which comes beautifully wrapped for gift-giving, shows the singularity of dried flower arrangements which often highlight the kind of exotic, unusual flowers you wouldn't expect to see in a cut-flower bouquet. The mix of blush, merlot and aubergine shades feels very of the moment in terms of home decor and suited to a variety of interior design styles. Available in small, medium and large flower clusters, these botanicals are grown in both Washington State and South Africa and include banksia, pink phalaris, burgundy eucalyptus and pink globe amaranth.

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Is there anything as frilly, elegant and gorgeous as pampas grass? This tall, dramatic dried pampas grass bunch is a great home interior accent you can place in a vase on the floor or use on a mantel or sideboard to add some dramatic height to your design scheme. These pampas grass stems also come in a range of both designer and naturalistic colors, but we are partial to the fuchsia. The grass arrives in a generic plastic wrap, so you will want to zhuzh this yourself and add a tall vase for gifting.

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