How to Preserve a Bouquet of Roses


Instead of letting that special bouquet of roses from a wedding or other special event wilt and die, preserve the beauty and memory of it for years to come. Preserving roses is best done through two different processes, each allowing the roses to be kept and arranged again to decorate your home. Drying your flowers is a relatively easy process that can be done at home with minimal items needed.

Hang Drying

Step 1

Remove all the leaves from the rose stems before drying. Cut the stems to about 4- to 6-inches long.

Step 2

Make groups of three to four roses each and secure each group of roses together by wrapping a rubber band around the bottom of the stems. Using a few roses in a group allows for better air circulation and quicker drying time.

Step 3

Hang the groups of roses upside down in a dark, cool place such as a closet or garage. To hang, place the ends of the rubber bands over nails, or using twine, tie over hangers.

Step 4

Let dry for one to three weeks until completely dry. Carefully remove the rubber bands from the stems. Arrange the dried roses into a bouquet and place in a vase to display.

Sand Drying

Step 1

Cut the stems of the roses to 1-inch long. Make sure the flowers and stems are completely dry. If not, lay the flowers on a towel or paper towel and gently blot dry.

Step 2

Pour a 2-inch layer of clean white sand in the bottom of a plastic rectangular container. The sand can be obtained from a local building supply company.

Step 3

Place the roses upside down on top of the sand. Gently pour another layer of sand over the roses until the rose heads are completely covered. Leave the roses in the sand for one to three weeks until completely dried.

Step 4

Remove the roses carefully from the sand. Wipe off the excess sand from the roses with a soft paint brush.

Step 5

Attach floral wire to the stems of the sand-dried roses to create longer stems. Wrap the wire with ribbon or floral tape and arrange in a vase for display.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure the roses are completely dry or else mold can result during the drying process.

Things You'll Need

  • Roses
  • Rubber bands
  • Sand
  • Plastic container
  • Floral wire


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About this Author

Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.