When I’m lucky enough to be gifted a bunch of flowers, I secretly look forward to them dying. Okay wait…that sounds bad. I look forward to them drying. Ever since I was a little girl I loved dried flowers almost more than the real deal. Their muted colours, their antique qualities – they seemed like the kind of thing that should be hanging in the house of an eccentric aunt (which it’s my lifegoal to become).
The problem is that in my apartment now there’s never anywhere good to hang them. I end up awkwardly taping flowers to the wall where they inevitably fall down or hanging them from my bedposts (which houseguests have informed me makes me look definitively crazy). So last weekend I designed this minimalist flower drying rack so I could always keep beautifully preserved dry flowers in my home without coming off like a Sanderson sister.
What you’ll need:
- 1 coil of flexible copper wire
- 8-10 copper fitting reducers
- 3 nails
- a hammer
- several bunches of dried herbs or flowers (I used lavender and rosemary)
What to do:
- Begin by measuring out the size of wire you’ll need. Mine was about 6 ft since I was using a large wall.
- Using a tape measure and a level, hammer your two nails into the wall equidistant from each other.
- String a taught line of copper wire between the two nails. I just wrapped the copper wire in tight circles around the nail to secure it. Hammer your third nail in the middle of the wire for stability.
- Now, cut a length of copper wire about the size of your forearm. Begin by wrapping some copper wire around the end of the flower stem to secure it, then string flowers through your copper reducers. The stem should come out of smaller end of the pipe. Thread the remaining copper wire through the pipe and wrap it around to hold it in place.
- Hang flowers in their pipe “vases” from your copper string using additional wire or small mental hooks.