DIY Dried Floral Installation

If you have ever visited one of my brick + mortar shops, you know I loooove dried florals. I frequently create installations using all different colors and textures. This installation I created in my apartment. I have these beautiful neutral colored walls and was looking to add a subtle pop of color to them.

The completed installation in my living room


Tools you’ll need:

  • Wire cutters
  • Hot glue
  • Extra wire
  • Chicken wire (I used white- you can use any color, it gets covered)
  • Hammer
  • Nails

Dried Florals I used:

  • Pampas grass
  • Unbleached baby’s breath
  • Red and orange strawflowers
  • Dried peonies
  • Red spike amaranths
  • Eucalyptus
  • Peach colored caspia
  • Preserved evergreen foliage
  • White german statice

*Not sure how to chose which florals to use? I based my color story off the colors in my living room. My personal preference is something more neutral with pops of color and lots of different textures.


Chicken wire netting + foliage


Lets get to work!

1.) The base of this installation is rolled up chicken wire. I basically rolled up the chicken wire into a burrito shape, marked on the wall where the installation was  going and nailed the chicken wire in all four corners to the wall. To secure it, I used extra wire and wrapped it around the chicken wire netting and nails. It is important to secure the chicken wire to the nails or the entire thing can fall as your placing the florals (learned this from experience!)

2.) Start placing your foliage! I used more of the wispy pieces as my base to start covering up the chicken wire net. All you have to do is place the stems in the wire netting, don’t secure anything quite yet. You may want to move some of your pieces around later.


3.) At this point I covered most of the chicken wire, but there were a few empty spots. I added the dense textures, pampas grass and german statice to fill in the holes. There is really no rhyme or reason to the way I place the foliage, I just like all the colors and textures to be placed in a way that creates balance + symmetry.


Adding the pampas grass and eucalyptus starts to fill the display out


4.) Start to add your colors! This is where I started to secure the flowers with hot glue. I cut all of the stems off of the peonies and hot glued them to the installation. Make sure all of the pieces are secure and hot glue anything that may not be staying put. Don’t forget to take a step back and view your work!

Added the colored florals to create the finished look



This project is relatively easy and took me about an hour to complete! The dried florals add a nice touch to your walls or empty space and it’s a creative idea if you don’t want to hang up photos or other wall art. If you give it a try let me know!


Written + created by: Rachel Calvelli



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