DIY Winter Decor: Re-purposing Wilted Flowers


Do you feel like winter is never going to end? I am going to teach you how to DIY winter decor pieces that will bring some joy and color to your outdoor spaces.

Which do you prefer: fresh flowers or plants? I am normally a house plant lover – I love how long-lasting plants are, and I actually enjoy taking care of my plant babies. I will not deny that a bouquet of fresh flowers brings me so much joy and lightens the vibe of any living space, but I always feel like money has been wasted. I only enjoy fresh-cut stems for what seems to be about a week and then I feel forced to throw them away as each petal starts to curl.

If you received (or purchased for yourself 🙌) flowers and they are past their prime, I will tell you how to enjoy them a little bit longer! This is a great activity to do with your kids – making a Petal Puck encourages creativity, and they literally can not mess it up.

DIY Winter Decor Supply List

  • greens, flowers, petals, berries, leaves, sticks, seeds, etc.
  • garden shears or scissors
  • Bundt pan, jello ring or dish – really anything that is freezer safe
  • water
  • a below freezing place- either outside or in a freezer
  • string, wire, ribbon or twine

Gather your petals and greens that are past their prime.

Use gardening shears or scissors to cut the heads off of the flowers. You can break up the petals if you would like – almost like floral confetti. You can also go for a little scavenger hunt outside with the kids to gather sticks, leaves, pine cones, and berries to use.

flowers past prime

Prep your Bundt pan or dish.

Sporadically fill the bottom of the pan or dish with the greens, blooms, and petals. Keep in mind that once you pour water over the petals, they will move around a bit, so don’t spend too much time putting everything in the perfect place.

Fill your dish with water.

Slowly pour just enough water into the dish to cover the flowers and greens. The clippings will move around a bit, and they may even float. (You can also do this step before placing petals and greens, etc. in your pans. The outcome will be the same.)

Let the water freeze solid.

If the outside temperature is below freezing (less than 32 degrees Fahrenheit), set the dish outside to freeze over. You could also place it in your freezer and leave alone until it is frozen solid.

Just in case you do not know what the temperature is outside, we have the most current local weather right on the Duluth Mom homepage!

Remove petal puck from pan and display your DIY winter decor!

Remove the frozen solid ice from the pan by running warm water over the bottom of the pan just long enough to loosen the ring. Once you have the ice out, tie a string, ribbon, or twine through the middle.  Find a tree or a plant hanger to hang it on outside! I like to choose a sunny spot so I can see the sparkly ice as the sun shines through.

Photo Credit: Mollie Meinhold
Photo Credit: Mollie Meinhold

We would love to see your finished project! Share your Petal Puck picture on Instagram and tag us at @duluthmoms!

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A lake girl at heart, Andrea is thrilled to be a Duluthian! She lives in the Hillside with her husband, daughter (plus two angel babies that are with them in spirit), and two rescue pups. As a bi-racial and multicultural family, they have hopes and dreams of visiting her husband’s family in South Korea someday soon. Tiny joys that make her heart happy include: doodling, searching for sea glass, coffee with friends, fiber art, plants, a good vintage thrift find, music and great food & drinks. She also finds purpose in serving on the Diversity, Inclusion, Equity and Justice (DEIJ) committee at her daughter’s school, and also on City Mom Collective’s Inclusivity, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) committee. You will find her building community, connections and friendships in the northland as the owner of Duluth Mom. She invites you to visit her on Instagram or on LinkedIn.