Gathering and drying flowers was a popular fall activity during the Colonial era in America. The bouquets added a touch of color to the drab dwellings and provided pleasant smells as well. Many people still enjoy drying flowers.

Objectives

  • Students will learn about the hobbies of Colonial women.
  • Students will learn how to make bouquets of dried flowers and peppers.

Materials

  • For dried-pepper hangings, use the following:
  • For dried-flower bouquets, use the following:
    • Flowers and plants that will air-dry (baby's breath, bittersweet, heather, milkweed pods, bayberry, straw flowers, thistle, corn, goldenrod, cattails, wheat, hydrangea)
    • Scissors
    • Heavy string

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Brief Descriptions
Students learn how to make bouquets out of dried peppers or flowers. This was a common Colonial decoration, so this arts & crafts activity would make a good project for Thanksgiving or when studying American history.
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