How to Craft With Rose Petals

Overview

The rose is a perennial flower that comes from the family Rosaceae. Roses come in many different colors, and are used in a variety of ways. Roses add elegance to dinner tables, create a pleasant fragrance in perfumes and are used to decorate items when crafting. These rose petals must first be dried out before used in a craft.

Drying the Rose Petals

Step 1

Lay two sheets of newspaper out over a flat surface.

Step 2

Pick healthy petals off of a bunch of roses, and lay them single file on the newspaper.

Step 3

Cover the rose petals with two more sheets of newspaper.

Step 4

Set several heavy books on top of the newspaper.

Step 5

Wait two to four weeks and you will have dried, flat rose petals to use in your craft project.

Crafting with the Rose Petals

Step 1

Select a notebook that you would like to cover in rose petals.

Step 2

Brush glue on the notebook cover. Press a rose petal over the glue.

Step 3

Brush glue over the top of the same rose petal.

Step 4

Repeat this with each petal, overlapping petals to avoid seeing the notebook underneath. Don't worry if a few of the petals hang over the edge of the notebook cover.

Step 5

Allow the glue to dry. Then take a pair of scissors and cut around the edge of the notebook cover so that no rose petals are hanging over.

Tips and Warnings

  • The rose petals will dry a duller color than they were when they were alive on a rose; this is normal.

Things You'll Need

  • Newspapers
  • Rose petals
  • Heavy books
  • Notebook
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors

References

  • Craft Bits: Rose Petal Notebook
  • North Dakota State University: Methods of Preserving Flowers
Keywords: rose petals, drying roses, craft projects

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