DIY-Drying Roses

March 25, 2013
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 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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  1. They are just as beautiful dried! I guess I would hang a bunch upside down to dry lavender. Enjoy your day!

  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!

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

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

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

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

  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!

  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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