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.
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.