Last Updated: Oct 20, 2021 @ 7:37 pm.

What are the best dried flowers to use in craft projects? We asked the dried flower enthusiasts among our parent readers for their favorites. Then we tried out dried flowers from several brands. We looked for the best pressed flowers, best whole flowers and overall quality. Here are the ones we'd recommend.

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The Secrets To Great Popcorn

Here at the home office, we take our popcorn seriously.

We’ve tried all the standard ways of making popcorn—stovetop, air-popped, microwave and more. 

Along the way, we’ve learned these key secrets to amazing popcorn:

• Toppings are essential. The butter toppings reviewed below are essential for great air-popcorn . . . that’s because salt won’t stick as well.

• Not any salt will do. The best popcorn salt is FINELY ground. Forget Kosher salt or other coarsely ground salt—it won’t stick. Later in this article, we’ll recommend a salt plus topping combo that is a fave.

• Topping or popping? All the top popcorn butters in this article can either be used topping or popping—that is, oil to pop kernels!

Here are our top popcorn butter options:

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Best Pressed Flowers

Great for bookmarks, jewelry
Loved how these flowers came packaged—vacuum-packed for protection. Great overall quality, although the size of some flowers were a bit smaller than we expected.

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Best Whole Flowers

Easy on the wallet
Yes, these are all natural flowers with no artificial coloring. Nice variety and good quality at a price that doesn't break the bank. Great for making soap.

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Best Variety

Nicely labeled in clear bags
Wow, loved the large quantity of flowers in this set—our favorites were the peonies and rose petals. Loved the scent and diverse choice of flowers. Vibrant colors.

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Best for Soap, Bath Bombs

No artificial coloring
The lavender and jasmine flowers in this set are perfect for making soap and other bath craft projects. Wonderful scent and very impressive quality.

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Best Dried Flowers: Tips & Advice

Let’s talk dried flowers!

Yes, dried flowers are popular to use in resin-based jewelry, candle making and scrapbooking as well as soap and bath bombs.

While you can dry your own flowers, it’s quicker to buy ready-made sets of dried flowers. Here are some tips and advice:

• Consider sealing flowers before casting them in resin. Sometimes the chemicals in resin can change the colors of dried flowers—by sealing them first, you prevent this.

• Secret to sealing dried flowers: hairspray! Yes, this works well—or you can use any lacquer spray. However, flowers can be very fragile, so be careful with handling.

• Simple dried flower craft projects include framed pressed flower initials. Or tie dried flowers with a string and branch—voila! Instant farmhouse decor.

After trying out several brands, here are the dried flower sets we’d recommend:

Why Trust Us

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Here’s another key point: we don’t take money from the brands we review. No free samples, no sponsors, no “partnerships.” Our work is 100% reader-supported!

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