With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: How to Dry Roses

Friday, May 31, 2013

How to Dry Roses

There's nothing lovelier than fresh cut flowers gracing your kitchen table or brightening a place in your home. But even after the blossoms begin to fade, you can continue to enjoy their beauty by drying them. 

The papery, vintage look the dried flowers impart their own lasting beauty. 
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There are different methods to dry roses but this simple way is how I do it.
  • Cut your rose blossom.  It is best to do this in the morning when the dew has dried. (I mostly dry flowers that have been displayed in a vase in my home for a couple of days and just begin to show signs of fading. I have even dried flowers that are looking rather beat and they still dry nicely.)
  • Remove the thorns by carefully pressing and bending them until they snap off.
  • You can remove the leaves or leave a few on if you prefer.
  • Twist a rubber band around the bottom of the stem leaving a loop.
  • Twist the loop into a hanger allowing the roses to hang upside-down.
  • Place in a warm, dry and dark place with good ventilation. The closet where my hot water heater is located is a perfect place in my home.  
  • It will take about a week for the roses to dry completely .  If the roses are still soft in the center, they are not completely dry so give them a few more days and check again. When dried, they will be brittle so if a few of the outside petals fall off, don't worry, they will still be beautiful!

The roses will shrink and change color considerably.


19 comments:

marie said...

Perfect timing Lorraine! My roses are blooming beautifully right now. Time to pick a few and give this a try!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

My daughters used to dry special flowers from their boyfriends this way when they were in high school. It works great! I love the look of dried roses and yours are beautiful.

Maple Lane said...

I love dried roses. Mother & I used to collect rosebuds to dry and add them to potpourri.

EMMA said...

They look lovely. My mother used to have some beautiful china roses when I was younger and they looked just like these. I will definitely be trying this, that is if we ever get roses - the spring here is very wet and cold.

podso said...

I love the way roses change colors as they dry, You never know for sure how they will turn out. Thanks for the tutorial. I've just left mine sitting but they would do better done in the proper way I think!

Kristina said...

Beautiful. I used to dry my roses, but haven't for years now. I just may have to do that this year.

Dimple said...

I dried the roses from my daughter's bridal bouquet in a similar way to yours, and they are still beautiful after eight years.

Blessings, Lorraine!

Beansieleigh said...

I'm afraid I don't see very many roses 'round where I live, but if I do, this will be a beautiful way to preserve them. Thanks for sharing how, and have a great weekend! ~tina

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

They look beautiful and smell good too I'll bet! Happy Weekend:@)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I received some gorgeous white roses that I think would dry to a lovely buttery soft color. I'll give your technique a try.
Hugs,
Patti

myletterstoemily said...

this is such a lovely way to prolong
the beauty of beautiful roses.

thank you for the drying lesson!

Shabby chic Sandy said...

I will have to try this--I have never seen roses dried this way. Thanks for sharing!

SarahGeorge said...

Wonderful tutorial! they look just beautiful:)

Just a little something from Judy said...

Thank you for sharing this process. I have some beautiful roses outside of my window, that I would like to preserve. Yours look so pretty!

Susan said...

Great idea, Lorraine. Almost makes me want to go out and buy some roses! ha! Yours are lovely. Susan

lindsey said...

Your roses are beautiful, thanks for sharing this drying method

Haddock said...

The dried rose looks prettier than a normal rose.

Winnie said...

How lovely!!
My parents had a garden and my Mon used to dry the roses every now and then.

Yours looks really beautiful. Thanks for the tutorial

letsgo2thevintagecupboard said...

Thank you for sharing this. I have dried roses before but am never really happy with the results. Your dried roses are just lovely.

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