Step 1: Fill Planter With Spray Foam
Begin your dead flower arrangement by filling the bottom of your wood planter box with spray foam. Ensure the entire bottom is well covered, but only a single layer is necessary. The spray foam will expand to three times it’s current size when dry. Let the foam dry for 24 hours. You can use regular floral foam if that’s what you have. I prefer spray foam because it tends to be better at filling in every inch of your container, and also wastes less money and product
Step 2: Cover Foam With Dried Moss
Once your foam has dried, cover with a layer of dried Spanish moss. Attach the moss to the foam using your hot glue gun. Leave some moss hanging over the edge on each side. This will help to cover your stems, any imperfections, and helps to create a more finished look for your floral arrangement.
Step 3: Create The Arrangement
Create your dead flower arrangement by sticking the stemmed wood flowers and fillers into your wood planter box in any pattern. Snip your stems down with your wire cutters, or pruning shears as you go. Wire cutters will work better for the stemmed wood flowers, but the pruning shears will work best for the real preserved fillers, like the Caspia, Dried Phalaris Grass, Bleached Baby’s Breath, Birch Branches, and Lotus Pods used in this arrangement. If you would like the arrangement to be extra secure, you can dab hot glue at the base of the stem to keep it in place.
To learn how to dye and stem your wood flowers, check out my previous blog post HERE.