The Dead Flower Trend Is Giving Us Life

Amanda Randone

In what feels like a major Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense moment, we're sensing death all around us — but instead of seeing people, we're seeing flowers. And we're not afraid... we’re enchanted. From dried, whispy pampas grass to lifeless but delightful bunny tails, these dead blooms are everywhere and they're totally changing what we thought we knew about florals.

We started detecting the rising popularity of an inanimate aesthetic on (where else?) Instagram, where all kinds of flowers were being resurrected in the form of bundles, arrangements, bouquets, and event decor. Kelsie Hayes, founder of the NYC-based Popup Florist, has fully leaned into the dead trend, most recently creating a bouquet bar for a Jimmy Choo soirée that was essentially a chic graveyard of bleached Ruscus and strawflowers. She even decided to stick to dried florals exclusively for her pop-up shop at Neiman Marcus. According to the Caspia-loving Hayes, it's the low-maintenance, long-lasting nature of this floral category that appeals to her busy clients, allowing for her to source diverse options from all over the world. It's an interesting shift from the traditional purpose of buying flowers as a way of bringing the freshness of outdoors into the home.

"Our clients seem to travel a lot and want the decor, but aren’t necessarily going to be home enough to enjoy fresh flowers, which makes dried a great alternative," Hayes explains. She also suggests considering dried arrangements as gifts because your recipient can enjoy their bunch for longer without the pressure of hydrating them right away. It's also a trend that extends far beyond the vase, as we've seen with crafty cake toppers, bridal headpieces, and vibrant artwork made from dried petals and stems. Plants are getting a similar treatment, with preserved ferns and other botanicals available for order online.

We spoke to a representative from the ultimate house-meets-garden destination, Terrain, about how these fragile, dried materials are packed to resist breakage when in transit for delivery. "Preserved botanicals are delicate by nature so we have a process of wrapping and layering each one carefully during shipping so that they arrive safely and ready to display," explains associate green goods buyer Erin Sweeney. Over at the popular flower shop Bridalwish, floral stylist and Etsy seller Selin Soysa secures her delicate floral designs by sticking them to the inner box and fills the space around it with tissue paper and an air pillow so nothing moves around. She's even happy to share an image to put anxious brides at ease knowing their orders are in top shape en route for their big day.

So when it comes to seeing (and purchasing) dead flowers, there's really nothing to be afraid of. Ahead, experience a floral funeral of sorts with a range of dried styles to get started on your own bouquet.

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<h3><a href="https://www.shopterrain.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Terrain" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Terrain</a></h3><br>When searching for anything home and garden, Terrain is always one of our first stops. The site offers an <a href="https://www.shopterrain.com/categories/plants-flowers-dried-preserved" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:extensive selection" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">extensive selection</a> of preserved flowers, palm fronds, bleached fern bunches, stems, wreaths, garlands, and more to make a dried flower seeker's dreams come true. "Sourcing our collection of dried flowers and stems has been a true passion project and really reflects the variety of color and texture that we love to see in our own homes," shares Terrain's buyer Erin Sweeney.<br><br><strong>Terrain</strong> Bleached Andares Fern Bunch, $, available at <a href="https://www.shopterrain.com/products/bleached-andares-fern-bunch" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Terrain" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Terrain</a>

Terrain


When searching for anything home and garden, Terrain is always one of our first stops. The site offers an extensive selection of preserved flowers, palm fronds, bleached fern bunches, stems, wreaths, garlands, and more to make a dried flower seeker's dreams come true. "Sourcing our collection of dried flowers and stems has been a true passion project and really reflects the variety of color and texture that we love to see in our own homes," shares Terrain's buyer Erin Sweeney.

Terrain Bleached Andares Fern Bunch, $, available at Terrain
<br><br><strong>Terrain</strong> Dried Lagurus Bunch, $, available at <a href="https://www.shopterrain.com/products/dried-lagurus-bunch" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Terrain" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Terrain</a>


Terrain Dried Lagurus Bunch, $, available at Terrain
<br><br><strong>Terrain</strong> Preserved Palmetto Frond Bunch, $, available at <a href="https://www.shopterrain.com/products/preserved-palmetto-frond-bunch" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Terrain" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Terrain</a>


Terrain Preserved Palmetto Frond Bunch, $, available at Terrain
<a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/Bridalwishdesign" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Bridal Wish Design" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>Bridal Wish Design</h3></a><br>You can always count on Etsy for a glorious array of crafty takes on this trend. <a href="https://www.etsy.com/shop/Bridalwishdesign" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:This vendor" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">This vendor</a> is one of our favorite finds, offering everything from head wreaths to corsages. <br><br><strong>Bridal Wish Design</strong> Dried Flowers Bouquet, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/714940786/fall-dream-orange-dried-flowers-bouquet" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>

Bridal Wish Design


You can always count on Etsy for a glorious array of crafty takes on this trend. This vendor is one of our favorite finds, offering everything from head wreaths to corsages.

Bridal Wish Design Dried Flowers Bouquet, $, available at Etsy
<br><br><strong>Bridal Wish Design</strong> Dried Floral Hair Comb, $, available at <a href="https://www.etsy.com/listing/712963509/colorful-pink-blush-purple-english" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Etsy" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Etsy</a>


Bridal Wish Design Dried Floral Hair Comb, $, available at Etsy
<a href="https://www.thepopupflorist.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Popup Florist" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>Popup Florist</h3></a><br>This indie floral and plant design destination may be located in NYC, but they also have nationwide delivery and some dried bunches and baskets that you don't want to miss. <br><br><strong>Popup Florist</strong> Dried Bunch, $, available at <a href="https://www.thepopupflorist.com/nationwide-delivery/everlasting-love-bouquet" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Popup Florist" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Popup Florist</a>

Popup Florist


This indie floral and plant design destination may be located in NYC, but they also have nationwide delivery and some dried bunches and baskets that you don't want to miss.

Popup Florist Dried Bunch, $, available at Popup Florist
<a href="https://www.westelm.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:West Elm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>West Elm </h3></a><br><br>When you think of West Elm, you probably think of chic furniture and sophisticated decor. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the home store even has a <a href="https://www.westelm.com/search/results.html?words=flowers&category=botanicals-decor" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:botanicals and flower" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">botanicals and flower</a> section that includes some lovely dried bunches. <br><br><strong>West Elm</strong> Dried Linum, $, available at <a href="https://www.westelm.com/products/dried-linum-d6161/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:West Elm" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">West Elm</a>

West Elm



When you think of West Elm, you probably think of chic furniture and sophisticated decor. We were pleasantly surprised to find that the home store even has a botanicals and flower section that includes some lovely dried bunches.

West Elm Dried Linum, $, available at West Elm
<a href="https://www.thesill.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Sill" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>The Sill</h3></a><br>The Sill is a paradise of potted plants, included some dried options like this traditional Japanese Kokedama that has been naturally preserved.<br><br><strong>The Sill</strong> Preserved Fern Kokedama, $, available at <a href="https://www.thesill.com/products/preserved-fern-kokedama" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:The Sill" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">The Sill</a>

The Sill


The Sill is a paradise of potted plants, included some dried options like this traditional Japanese Kokedama that has been naturally preserved.

The Sill Preserved Fern Kokedama, $, available at The Sill
<a href="https://www.1800flowers.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:1-800 Flowers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>1-800 Flowers</h3></a><br>1-800 Flower's small collection of dried wreaths offers a familiar homey take on the dried flower aesthetic. <br><br><strong>1800 Flowers</strong> Preserved Sunflower Wreath, $, available at <a href="https://www.1800flowers.com/preserved-sunflower-wreath-139060" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:1800 Flowers" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">1800 Flowers</a>

1-800 Flowers


1-800 Flower's small collection of dried wreaths offers a familiar homey take on the dried flower aesthetic.

1800 Flowers Preserved Sunflower Wreath, $, available at 1800 Flowers
<a href="https://www.michaels.com/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Michaels" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>Michaels</h3></a><br>Of course the ultimate place for arts and crafts has bunches and stems to build your own bouquet. <br><br><strong>Ashland</strong> Brown American Oak Tenex Grass, $, available at <a href="https://www.michaels.com/brown-american-oak-tenex-grass-by-ashland/10373870.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Michaels" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Michaels</a>

Michaels


Of course the ultimate place for arts and crafts has bunches and stems to build your own bouquet.

Ashland Brown American Oak Tenex Grass, $, available at Michaels
<br><br><strong>Hobby Lobby</strong> Cotton Bundle, $, available at <a href="https://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Dried-Flowers/Cotton-Bundle/p/80753918" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hobby Lobby" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hobby Lobby</a>


Hobby Lobby Cotton Bundle, $, available at Hobby Lobby
<a href="https://www.hobbylobby.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hobby Lobby" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>Hobby Lobby</h3></a><br>The Hobby Lobby's extensive collection of dried florals is currently 50% off! Expect to find cotton stalks, wheat bundles, and more — all at a discount. <br><br><strong>Hobby Loby</strong> Stardust Mini Gypsophilia, $, available at <a href="https://www.hobbylobby.com/Floral-Wedding/Dried-Flowers/Stardust-Mini-Gypsophilia/p/2203" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Hobby Lobby" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Hobby Lobby</a>

Hobby Lobby


The Hobby Lobby's extensive collection of dried florals is currently 50% off! Expect to find cotton stalks, wheat bundles, and more — all at a discount.

Hobby Loby Stardust Mini Gypsophilia, $, available at Hobby Lobby
<br><br><strong>Ashland</strong> Lagurus Dried Floral Bouquet, $, available at <a href="https://www.michaels.com/ashland-lagurus-dried-floral-bouquet/10153486.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Michaels" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Michaels</a>


Ashland Lagurus Dried Floral Bouquet, $, available at Michaels
<a href="https://www.amazon.com" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp"><h3>Amazon</h3></a><br><br>Don't forget to visit Amazon (as if you ever could) as a resource for your dried flower needs. You can even DIY your own creation with this drying gel. <br><br><strong>Activa</strong> Silica Gel for Flower Drying, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/ACTIVA-Silica-Flower-Drying-Pound/dp/B001H7D0LQ/" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>

Amazon



Don't forget to visit Amazon (as if you ever could) as a resource for your dried flower needs. You can even DIY your own creation with this drying gel.

Activa Silica Gel for Flower Drying, $, available at Amazon
<br><br><strong>Desert Breeze Distributing</strong> Natural Dried Lavender Bouquet, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Lavender-Carefully-Packaged-Shipping-Weddings/dp/B07FK5SLKB/ref=sr_1_8" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Desert Breeze Distributing Natural Dried Lavender Bouquet, $, available at Amazon
<br><br><strong>Life In Color</strong> Dried Pampas Grass, $, available at <a href="https://www.amazon.com/Color-Life-Dried-Pampas-Grass/dp/B07NCKFN1L" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank" data-ylk="slk:Amazon" class="link rapid-noclick-resp">Amazon</a>


Life In Color Dried Pampas Grass, $, available at Amazon

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