How to Preserve a Rose Bouquet


If you receive a bouquet of roses as an anniversary or Valentine's Day gift, you may want to preserve them to keep the memory of the special occasion. You can then display your bouquet for a long time, rather than just two weeks without preservation. One method for preserving bouquets is air drying. Air drying only requires a few items and can be completed in two to three weeks.

Step 1

Remove any roses that have withered or died. Take the remaining roses, and remove the leaves from the stems.

Step 2

Separate your bouquet into piles of four roses each. Too many roses together in one pile will make them take longer to dry.

Step 3

Wrap a rubber band around the bottom stems of each bunch.

Step 4

Pull your paper clips into an "S" shape. Then place one end around the rubber band.

Step 5

Hook the open end of the paper clip to a coat hanger. This will cause the rose bunches to hang upside down. Hang two bunches from each hanger.

Step 6

Set the hangers in a coat closet where the rose bunches can dry. This will take two to three weeks.

Step 7

Remove the rose bunches from the closet, and take off the rubber bands. Place the bunches back together to form a bouquet.

Things You'll Need

  • Rose bouquet
  • Rubber bands
  • Paper clips
  • Coat hanger


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