DIY Jewelry

Where to Find Dried Flowers for Resin Jewelry

Besides being asked about where to find open bezels for resin jewelry, the second most-asked question I get is, “Where do you find dried flowers for resin jewelry?”

We’ll talk shopping in-person in the US and shopping online internationally. I’ll be using my favorite flower to use as a research example throughout the post (it’s central to the Higher Jewelry style: the miniature daisy! Also known as the star daisy or star flower).

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Before we get into it, I first want to address the most difficult wall many meet.

Flower Size

Most flowers, even when dried, are pretty huge in comparison to jewelry. They don’t fit, especially in more delicate pieces. So, what’s a maker to do?

Flowerfetti. Seriously. Just like paper confetti, dried flower confetti can be beautiful, colorful, mixed with other media (like gold or silver leaf), and will fit better within small jewelry pieces. It’s something I use, even though I often use very tiny flowers in the first place. There’s often little pieces leftover from other designs (super tiny pieces) and I don’t want them to go to waste.

In-person finds (in the US)

I live in the US, so I can only attest for where to find dried flowers in my country. Hobby Lobby and Michaels have dried flowers, and many Hobby Lobby’s have what I look for, the star daisy.

If you’re looking for something not available at these craft stores or if you live outside the US, there still might be something near you that will carry what you’re looking for.

Go to your local flower shops and even look at fresh flowers you can dry yourself. Even at my local grocery store I can sometimes find wax flowers and Queen Anne’s lace, small flowers with small petals that are great for jewelry. And, again, a typically sized flowers can be cut down into confetti.

Another option is to press a petal or leaf and cut it to fit within the bezel you’re hoping to use.

If you live near a park or forest, use that, too! Small, unique leaves are great finds for jewelry. In addition, a lot of wildflowers are small. So whether it’s on the side of the road or on a trail hike, be on the lookout for tiny treasures.

Online Finds

When I’m ready to order some mini-daisies in a variety of pre-colored options (I talk about why I do this below), I go online.

Mainly Etsy and Ebay. My suppliers change often because these shops come and go and stop selling and new shops open and start selling what I’m looking for.

First, I consider how quickly I need my dried flowers.

If I can wait, I head to Ebay and see if I can find some shipped out of China (a month’s wait, usually). There’s more options if I look outside the US.

If I need them like now I head to Etsy and filter out any shops outside the US. That way I can see what’s available within the US and what will arrive fairly quickly.

Below I searched “mini star daisy.” After searching 12 other options I finally found a result with this term (and like I’m about to talk about below, online things change all the time. Sometimes there’s more options. Sometimes there’s options under different search terms. Even when I find something I often need to do the research process again a few months later if I want more of it).

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Research!

If you’re struggling to find what you’re looking for, you need to do more research! Don’t give up, it may be out there.

Just like the miniature daisies I use can be called 3 different things (and those 3 different thing can be named many different ways) you need to try many different searches.

For example, when I’m looking at miniature daisies I’ll might use these search terms:

  • dried miniature flower/s

  • dried star daisy/ daisies

  • dried mini star flower/s

  • dried mini star daisy/ daisies

  • dried mini daisy/ daisies

  • miniature star flower/s

  • miniature daisy/ daisies

  • miniature star daisy/ daisies

  • mini star flower/s

  • mini star daisy/ daises

  • mini daisy/ daisies

I found out the many names just through research and reading. It definitely takes time (and many tabs) to research and compare your findings, but it’s worth it to get what you want.

So, if at first you don’t succeed—research! Branch out, change up the wording, Google it, and if after all this you still can’t find what you’re looking for, be open to getting something else that’s similar.

Some of the best ideas come about from being resourceful and having to improvise, so don’t be afraid to get creative.

Artificial Coloring or Natural Coloring?

I sometimes like to keep a flora’s natural coloring, but it’s honestly not as long-lasting. Resin lets UV rays pass through, so the flora will fade over time. To prevent the fade you can store it in a dark place when it’s not worn, but, bottom-line—it won’t last as long as artificial coloring.

For bright colors, I buy my dried flowers pre-colored. They color the flowers before they dry, achieving very vibrant shades.

You can also dye softer colors after the flower has dried with food coloring.

These colorants won’t fade and the jewelry will stay as it was first made for way longer.

Color Palettes

When making flowerfetti or mixing small flower petals together, how do we decide on the color palette? Well, Pinterest is a great place to look through loads of color palettes. You can also look to nature, paintings, photographs—just be on the lookout for color palettes that speak to you.

I mainly look to nature and Pinterest color palettes for inspiration, though sometimes I’ll see a bouquet at the store and draw inspiration from that. There’s color palettes and art all around us to be inspired by.

Test out your color palette ideas at a site like coolors.co or paletton.com where you can see the mix of colors before you add it to your jewelry.


The most important factors are to set some time aside to research and to look around, whether at the store or out in nature. Good luck in your searching!

How to Make Message in a Bottle Necklaces

This simple DIY calls for a few unusual supplies (links are included in the post)—but it makes for a great group project, gift, or craft night DIY.

The personal message written on the miniature scroll inside is a great place to put a sentimental or heartfelt thought that the wearer can carry with them everywhere they go.

This is one of my best-selling DIY kits on Etsy (along with the Hanging Plant earrings DIY kits—see the free tutorial for those here).

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What you need:

(I have ready-made kits with all supplies included here for $8.00—AND there’s free shipping right now!)

  • Aged paper (tea or coffee stained copy paper)

  • Miniature bottles with corks (1 ml is the average size, though you could use the next size up, 2 ml)

  • Sand

  • Jump rings (x2)

  • 8 x 4 mm Eyescrews

  • Necklace

  • (optional) Glue

  • (optional) Moss/ shells

  • (optional) Jewelry pliers if you don’t want to or can’t use your finger to open the jump ring

What to do:

1. Cut aged paper into strips and write your message (make sure the width is short enough to fit in the bottle).

2. Roll your paper up and slide a jump ring on to keep it rolled.

3. Twist your eyescrew into the bottle’s cork (add a dab of glue at the base if wanted).

4. Add sand 1/4 to 1/3 of the way up the bottle (using a little piece of paper, such as a post-it note, as a funnel can help).

5. Drop in the rolled up message as well as any moss, shell fragment, or whatever else you want that can fit inside.

6. Attach the bottle charm to a necklace with a jump ring.

7. Optional - glue the cork to the bottle. The message can’t come back out if you do this, but it will be extra secure.

If you’re using my kit, you can skip screwing, gluing the screw, and attaching the charm to the necklace. It’s already done for you so you can assemble it easily and quickly.

So many people of all different walks of life have tried out this simple, fun DIY, from boyfriends for their girlfriends, daughter’s for their mothers, and bride’s for their bridesmaids.

If you’re wondering, “Why does she sell kits and give links to the supplies?”

Well, often people want to make 1 to 10 necklaces at a time, and paying shipping for different supplies PLUS having to get bulk (eyescrews come in packs of 20, bottles come in packs of 100) can actually add up to more than buying a pre-made kit. I buy them in bulk and make a small profit for putting them together—but it’s ultimately cheaper and easier for you.

Additionally, my ready-made kits are partially done for you—pliers aren’t needed. Eyescrews are already in and glued, too.

DIY Micro Macrame Plant Hanger Earrings

I love unique, eccentric jewelry--especially when it can be made in about 30 minutes and the supplies cost less than $30. This fun project is for those of us short on time (and money!).

This simple beginner macrame project can be turned into earrings, necklaces, or used as miniature decoration.

For those who know more advanced knots and patterns, you can expand upon this tutorial and get creative with it. If you've never done macrame before, don't worry--the only knot used is the one everyone knows: the overhand knot.

What you need:

  • A pair of earwires

  • A pair of jump rings to match

  • Hemp string 10# (20# for a bulkier look) – around 140 inches (link)

  • Pipe cleaner in brown or green, cut to 3 inches long (x2)

  • Miniature terracotta pots (new seller for mini pots here! They are from Thailand, so shipping takes a little while—but it is affordable.)

  • Miniature fake succulents (link) (purple – link) the green is sometimes found in Hobby Lobby retail locations

Tools:

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Jewelry pliers (optional)

  • Glue (optional)

*anything purchased from these links does not give me any affiliate income. These are simply the places I found the supplies at. If you would like a prepared kit, you can find one here if it's in stock.


The Video Tutorial

1. Cut the hemp

Cut the 140 inches of hemp string in half. Put aside one half for later--it will be for the second earring. The first half cut into 4 pieces of equal length.

2. Line up all 4 strings

And thread them through a jump ring to the halfway point. Make the ends as even as possible.

3. Make one big knot using all the strings

Right below the jump ring.

4. Make 4 smaller knots

1 inch below the big knot, knot two string together at a time (knot ones that are close together for best results).

5. Make 4 more knots

1/4 of an inch below the previous knots, taking one string from below one knot and another string from below a knot next to it.

6. Close the hanger

1/4 of an inch below the last knots, knot all the strings together again to close the hanger. Then trim the leftover strings to however long you would like them.

7. Attach to an earwire or necklace

Add the jump ring to an earwire or a necklace.

8. Repeat for the other earring

And that's it! The ready-made supply kit can be found here. I created this DIY kit for those of you who don't want to order from multiple websites, paying shipping on each one. It doesn’t make sense unless you’re making a bulk batch. For just one pair of earrings, it’s more affordable to go with a kit.

Grab a kit here with EVERYTHING you need (at home you’ll need scissors, a ruler, and glue).

Thanks so much for reading or watching this tutorial. I would love to see your finished plant hanger earrings! Tag me on Insta with your photo or DM me. We can get in touch on Instagram @higherjewelry.com