How to Dry Rose Petals Properly


Roses are a universal sign of romance and affection, and provide gifts of timeless charm and aroma. Dried rose petals make excellent gift baskets or satin sachets to tuck away into dresser drawers and under pillows. The process of drying rose petals is a very simple one that does not require additional or specialized floral skills.

Step 1

Place a paper towel or napkin on a flat surface. This will ensure that rose petals do not scatter or fall to the floor.

Step 2

Carefully pluck individual petals from the rose by hand. Pull from the base of the rose very gently to ensure that the rose petal stays intact.

Step 3

Collect as many rose petals as you desire. When finished plucking petals, lie them flat onto a dinner plate.

Step 4

Place the dinner plate with rose petals inside the microwave. Microwave on high heat for 2-4 minutes (depending on the amount of rose petals you wish to dry). Rose petals have finished heating when they are no longer damp to the touch.

Step 5

Spread paper towels on a flat surface away from moisture or wind. Place your rose petals spread out onto the paper towel.

Step 6

Leave to dry for 2-5 days (depending on the climate). Check the petals daily to see if they have dried completely. When the petals are completely dry, they are ready to be used for the aesthetic purpose or craft project of your choice.

Things You'll Need

  • Roses
  • Paper towels
  • Dinner plate
  • Microwave oven


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