How to Save Flower Petals


Saving flower petals brings a splash of color to any project with memories of spring and summer blossoms. Saved flower petals can be used in bouquets, potpourri, shadow boxes, wreaths, door swags and other craft projects. Harvesting flowers should take place on a dry, sunny morning after the dew has evaporated. It needs to happen before the day heats up, since it will evaporate the essential oils from the petals if it gets too hot.

Step 1

Snip your flower blossoms with a pair of sharp gardening scissors. Collect your flowers after the buds have opened and have not started to lose their petals.

Step 2

Remove any dirt and insects by turning the flowers upside down and shaking gently. Do not wash the flowers with water. Brush off any stubborn dirt or bugs.

Step 3

Examine your flowers for any damage or diseases. Discard any flowers that are not healthy. Pull the petals off your blossoms and place them in a shallow pan lined with wax paper. Scatter them around so they are not touching.

Step 4

Place the pan in a warm, airy place protected from sunlight. Gently stir the petals every day for a few weeks.

Step 5

Check the petals to see if they are ready. They should feel stiff and brittle, not limp. Once dry, store the petals in a dark glass jar with a lid or in lidded box lined with wax paper.

Tips and Warnings

  • Flower petals contain a lot of moisture. Keep the petals from overlapping when drying in order to prevent mold.

Things You'll Need

  • Flowers
  • Gardening scissors
  • Wax paper
  • Shallow pan
  • Dark jar with lid


  • "The Complete Illustrated Book of Herbs;" Reader's Digest; 2009
  • AgriLIFE Extension Texas A&M: Drying Flowers
Keywords: save petals, drying flowers, annual flowers

About this Author

Karen Carter spent three years as a technology specialist in the public school system and her writing has appeared in the "Willapa Harbor Herald" and the "Rogue College Byline." She has an Associate of Arts from Rogue Community College with a certificate in computer information systems.