You might remember last month where I shared The Beauty of Bear grass, read here. It was fun to step back into my floral shop days and read the comments left behind. Since then that bunch of bear grass has been air drying in our living room. It took about a week and a half which gave me plenty of time to find the other supplies to make today’s project.
Well that’s what I thought… I wanted to use dried flowers but I couldn’t find what I was looking for so silk and parchment flowers became my option inspired by a purple butterfly.
Drying Bear Grass
Enjoying fresh green bear grass is the best; many would toss it away after a few weeks because it can leave behind an unpleasant odor if the water becomes old. That’s not the case if you’ve ever worked in a flower shop. Back in the 90’s dried flowers were big and many times we took retired fresh inventory and dried it to decrease waste.
Drying bear grass is really easy; it shouldn’t take more than two weeks to completely dry out. The grass will transition into a light green color with some curls mixed in.
- Wipe off the stems
- Tie it at the base with twine
- Let it hang it upside down
Working with Dried Bear Grass
Deciding what you’re going to do with this bunch of wonderful is the fun part. That light color is perfect for spring but let me tell you during the holidays we sprayed it silver, gold or copper and came up with some amazing pieces that added detail to any display.
I like to keep it simple and prefer using bear grass in the natural state. I love it all wispy displayed in a simple vase but I also like to combine it with dried flowers.
After a trip to Hobby Lobby I decided to end my search for good dried flowers and settled on a couple stems of simplicity so I could finish this project.
The Base and Getting Started
Originally, I was going to make a grapevine wreath. Pretty traditional idea and decided to force myself to think outside the box and made this wooden base from leftover pine planks from our ceiling project. I cut the wood into five pieces creating the shape of a window and attached everything from the back using small screws.
- Cover the base with a little oak stain and let it dry overnight.
- Adding the bear grass was really simple and it’s were I began first.
- I gathered pieces of grass for streamers and made loops just like I did here. Each one was added to the base using hot glue.
- The key focus was to keep this design simple and let the bear grass lead the journey.
- The flowers were cut free from their long stems applying the hydrangea first.
Adding the Green Leaf’s
Once the hydrangea was secure I took the green leaf’s and incorporated one by one so they had a nice lift. This is really important because it helps the design look natural. I also added smaller bear grass loops to fill in weak areas; this was prior to adding the purple flowers.
Those purple flowers caught my eye because they’re parchment which looks natural and easy to work with. After cutting them into sprigs I incorporated two to the left and another one to the top right; everything was forming outward from underneath the hydrangea.
Placing a purple butterfly was next and the final step is to remove any glue strings. I find design comes from the heart and it’s my hope I explained the process so this is easy to duplicate.
I’m going to actually place this wall piece in my new office once we get moved. Can you believe it I’m going to have my very own office right off our workshop? I can hardly wait!
I must admit that was fun! Now that you have an introduction to bear grass I’d like to encourage you to use it fresh or dried in your home and don’t forget bear grass is that sweet element that speaks volumes just by itself so let it speak softly by remembering less is best.