Updated: 25th Sept 2023
Dried botanical flowers are a gorgeous addition to any at-home craft. Whether you’re making DIY candles, soaps, potpourri or something else, these florals are the perfect way of elevating your creations.
When you’re first starting out, it can be tricky to know how exactly you can effectively use dried botanicals and flowers within your crafts. Luckily, we’re here to help. At N-Essentials, we’re passionate about supplying you with premium-quality raw ingredients, as well as recipes to get you started on your journey!
Keep reading to find out how you can use dried flowers for candles, soap-making and more!
What Are Dried Botanical Flowers?
Dried botanicals are natural leaves and flowers that have been dried out to preserve their shape, colour and appearance. They are often used for various purposes, including crafting,decoration, and during bathtime. These dried blooms retain their beauty and can add a touch of nature to various projects and settings.
How to Use Dried Flowers
There are so many different ways you can incorporate dried botanicals into your beauty regime and home crafts. Some of our favourite ways to do this include:
Dried flowers for candles instantly elevate the candle experience. They’re an aesthetic addition that helps create a pleasant atmosphere, and definitely should be included in your candles! Here’s one of our favourite candle recipes:
- Melt your beeswax beads and add in your desired amount of lavender essential oil. The more you add, the stronger your candle will be. We recommend 3-4 drops as it can be quite potent.
- Place a few dried lavender buds at the bottom of the candle container, then carefully pour the scented wax into the container over the flowers.
- Before the wax solidifies, sprinkle a few more dried lavender flowers on the top of your candle.
- Allow your candle to harden, then trim your candle’s wick. Be sure to use a wick size chart for safety reasons.
Bath bombs are a fun and easy way to use dried botanical flowers in your crafts or your bathtime regime. Here’s one recipe to get you started:
Calendula Bath Bombs
You will need:
- 1 cup baking soda
- ½ cup citric acid
- ½ cup cornstarch
- ½ cup Epsom salt
- 2 tbsp dried calendula flowers
- 1 tbsp carrier oil, such as coconut oil
- 15-20 drops essential oil (we recommend chamomile or geranium)
- Witch hazel or water in a spray bottle
- Mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl.
- Combine carrier oil and essential oil in a separate bowl.
- Gradually add the oil to the dry mixture, stirring to de-clump.
- Adjust consistency with witch hazel or water if needed.
- Pack mixture into moulds or shape by hand, then let dry for hours.
- Tap moulds to release bath bombs or place shaped bombs to dry.
- Let bath bombs dry fully for 24-48 hours before using.
This is a simple yet homey decoration that can elevate your space and make it feel pleasant. All you need to do is get some decorative jars and fill them with your favourite dried botanicals, such as rose petals or chamomile flowers. You can either fill the jar with a singular type of flower, or layer and mix with different florals! Just remember to layer carefully and slowly, so the flowers don’t mix together.
Where Can I Find Quality Dried Botanical Flowers?
At N-Essentials, we sell premium dried botanicals wholesale in Australia. So if you’re a business specialising in soaps, candles, bath bombs or something else that requires raw materials, we’ve got you covered. Browse our range online today and get in touch with us if you have any questions!