People sometime want to dry roses to create a memento of a special occasion. There are two popular DIY methods of drying roses: air drying and sand drying. Both processes work best with fresh, healthy roses that have retained all their color and have not started to dry, brown or wilt.
- Remove all of the leaves.
- Bunch the bottom of the stems together so the roses fan out. Tie the stems together at the bottom with string or twine.
- Hang the roses upside down in a dry, dark place. Let them hang for two to three weeks to make sure they are completely dry.
Follow the steps below to sand dry roses.
- Dab any moisture off the petals and the stems with a towel.
- Using florist wire or glue, reinforce the stems and blossoms so that the flower heads won't droop.
- If you use wire, first push the wire through the inside of the stem up to the flower head, and then bend the top end of the wire into a hook over the rose head and pull down gently.
- If you use glue, place some glue in a disposable cup and dilute it with a little water. Dab a thin coat of glue at the base of each petal so it hardens and doesn't fall off. This can be done with a toothpick. Then, dab a thin coat of glue from the base of the flower all the way down the stem. Let the glue dry.
Once the flowers have been reinforced:
- Put some sand in a deep box. Place the roses upright in the sand.
- Totally cover the roses with sand, making sure they remain upright.
- Put the box in a dry, warm place. Let the roses dry for two to three weeks.
- Tip over the box carefully pour out the sand.
- Remove the flowers one at a time.
Originally Published: Jul 6, 2011