How to Reuse and Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Flowers

How to Reuse and Repurpose Your Thanksgiving Flowers


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Aside from all things pretty, we dig practical hacks, too. Give your Thanksgiving flower arrangements a second life with these beautiful and meaningful tips and tricks.

Turn Flowers Into Something Useful

Repurpose your flowers into useful things, such as a:

  • Potpourri – Dry the flower petals and throw in some herbs to complement the fragrance.
  • Floral Bath Salt – Mix fresh flower petals, say, roses, with Epsom salt, and essential oils (optional).
  • Floral Scented Cleaner- Blend flowers with baking soda, salt, or cornstarch. Spritz, spritz to freshen up surfaces around the home.

Minimalist Flower Arrangements

The minimalist theme is becoming a fast-rising star, from the wardrobe, interiors, and even in floral designs. Luckily, your Thanksgiving flowers, or maybe what’s left them, are perfect for experimenting.

It’s easy! Here’s how:

  • Break up your flower arrangement.
  • Separate the still fresh-looking flowers from the withering ones.
  • Remove all leaves from the stem.
  • Cut the stems at a 45-degree angle. This makes them fresher instantly and last longer.
  • Gather and go crazy with containers.

Put the long-stemmed flowers on appropriate containers slim, tall glass vases. Don’t throw away flowers that have become too short. Tie them together with a twine and put them in a cute teacup or Mason jars.

Make Their Second Life More Meaningful

Spread love and happiness using cute floral arrangements by sharing them with other people. It can be anyone. It can be your neighbor, your favorite Starbucks barista, or your granny whom you haven’t seen for so long.

Make cute little hand bouquets of flowers using whatever you can salvage from your elaborate Thanksgiving centerpiece.

  • Group the flowers into tiny bouquets. Mix focal flowers with fillers.
  • Fluff them up with colorful fall foliage or berries from your garden.
  • Secure the stems with a ribbon or a twine.

You can also go the extra mile by sharing it with other people you don’t know. In some states, there are some non-profit organizations devoted to gathering flowers from weddings and donating them. If you know such kind of group, don’t hesitate to keep in touch with them. However, if there’s none where you live or they refuse for whatever reason, say, they prioritize bulk donations, it’s all right.  

Research about nursing homes, hospices, or shelters for women or children in your area. Ask around. Perhaps you have a friend who works there who can make arrangements for you to donate your flowers. If not, it probably wouldn’t hurt dropping by for a few minutes to personally hand them your flowers.

Without a doubt, this may be the most rewarding way to repurpose your Thanksgiving flower arrangements.


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