Roses are pleasantly fragrant and come in a variety of colors. Drying rose petals allows you to use them long after they would have lived. You can use them in a scrapbook when preserving cherished memories or make a homemade potpourri. Whatever your desired use, you will want to dry the rose petals fast by using a microwave. This will ensure their color remains as vibrant as when you picked them.
Cut the fully mature roses from your flower garden. Cut the ones that have begun to open because it will be easier to remove petals.
Take the roses inside and carefully remove the petals, one at a time. This is best done if you are holding onto the stem firmly with one hand and pulling the petal off with the other hand.
Pour silica gel into a microwave safe container until it has reached about 1-inch high.
Set your rose petals on top of this layer of silica gel. You want them to be single file and not touching each other.
Cover the rose petals with silica gel and then add another inch of gel. Add another single file layer of rose petals. Repeat this until your container is full.
Place your microwave safe container in the microwave and set the timer for 1 1/2 minutes. This is the recommended cooking time for roses, according to North Dakota State University.
Remove the container and place the lid over it. Set aside for 24 hours.
Remove the rose petals from the container one at a time and brush them off with a soft bristle brush.
Spray the rose petals with a light coating of acrylic spray.