How to Preserve Rose Petals at Home


Dried rose petals make a fragrant addition to potpourri, a natural embellishment for scrapbooking and other paper crafts, or are attractive displayed in a bowl or clear vase. Preserving these reminders from your summer garden requires a minimal investment of time and allows you to enjoy the rose year-round. Press-drying them properly preserves most of their color, though darker roses, such as those that are deep red, may darken further during the drying process.

Step 1

Pluck the rose petals from the blossom, grasping them near the bottom where they are attached to limit bruising to the rest of the petal. Discard any damaged or discolored petals, as the damage and discoloration is more obvious after drying.

Step 2

Lay a sheet of plywood on top of a sturdy surface. Place two or three sheets of newspaper on top of the plywood, then cover the newspaper sheets with tissue.

Step 3

Spread the rose petals out on top of the tissue. Place them so they are not touching each other and so there is at least 1/2 inch of space between each petal.

Step 4

Cover the petals with a layer of tissue, then place two or three more newspapers on top of the tissues. Set a second sheet of plywood on top of the stack.

Step 5

Stack heavy books, bricks or other weights on top of the plywood. Distribute the weights evenly so that equal pressure is applied over the entire pressing stack.

Step 6

Remove the weights and top sheet of plywood after one week. Lift the newspaper and tissue covering and check the petals for dryness. If they are completely dried, remove them and store in a sealed bag or container until ready to use. If not completely dry, replace the tissue and newspaper with fresh sheets then reapply the weights and plywood. Check for dryness a second time five to seven days later.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not display the rose petals near bright light, as this will discolor them and cause them to become overly brittle. Moisture causes the petals to mildew or fall apart.

Things You'll Need

  • Rose petals
  • Plywood
  • Newspaper
  • Tissue
  • Weights
  • Plastic bag


  • University of Missouri Extension: Drying Foliage and Flowers
Keywords: preserving rose petals, flower pressing, drying roses

About this Author

Jenny Harrington has been a freelance writer since 2006. Her published articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including the "Dollar Stretcher." Previously, she owned her own business, selling handmade items online, wholesale and at crafts fairs. Harrington's specialties include small business information, crafting, decorating and gardening.