25 March 2013

DIY-Drying Roses

For Valentines day I received a bouquet of roses from my thoughtful husband.  They seemed like the prettiest roses I had ever seen.  Oh, I have received roses many times before for many different occasions but these roses were meant to be savored and saved.

















These were the roses that I received...you can see why I wanted to keep them.




They lasted... 


And lasted, nearly two weeks and then they began to slowly wither
and fade...



That is when I decided that I was going to save a few...I decided
to dry them.  I cut off the ends tied them up in twine and hung them upside down in the garage for 2 1/2 weeks.  


I clipped off the broken leaves and pruned back some of the torn blossoms.



I sprayed the blossoms, stems and leaves with flat finish polyurethane, to preserve them.





I am very pleased with the color of the roses and the durability that the polyurethane provides.


My next goal is to dry the lavender from my garden!

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Jemma's home is a quiet spot nestled among the trees. You might find me writing, reading, or puttering in my Greenhouse, tweaking a recipe, crafting a wreath or loving on my grands. Always living with a grateful heart.

9 comments:

  1. They are just as beautiful dried! I guess I would hang a bunch upside down to dry lavender. Enjoy your day!

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  2. I can see why you want to save the, Jemma. They're beautiful! Thank you for the tip on spraying with polyurethane.
    Have a wonderful day!

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  3. hi jemma,
    just beautiful!!!! thanks for the tip!!!
    have a nice week,
    love regina

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  4. I didn't know polyurethane came in a spray - what a GREAT way to save those GORGEOUS roses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! sandie

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  5. A great idea and you carried it very well. If I had tried that, all the petals wold have fallen off.

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  6. These are so beautiful! You really created a beautiful touch for your home!

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  7. I love roses best as they whither away... They are my favorite flower to receive from my husband. I have dried and sprayed roses before too and they last forever!

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  8. Very pretty! I've never dried roses. It's lovely that you were able to save some of this special bouquet!

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