Dried rose petals can be used for a variety things, including making potpourri to scent your home, placing in a crystal dish as a centerpiece, or used to decorate candles and other items. Although dried rose petals are available to buy at local craft stores, drying your own rose petals is relatively easy, inexpensive and a creative way to preserve roses fresh from your garden.
Wait until the roses have opened up fully before picking and using the petals. Your roses should be very fresh for the best results when drying. If you won't be drying the petals immediately after cutting your flowers, place in a vase of water to keep hydrated and fresh. Do not cut more than 24 hours before drying.
Cut off or gently pluck off the petals from your flowers. Cut them off at the base of the flower. Discard any petals that have holes or water spots.
Place the rose petals on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels, wax paper or parchment paper. Place the cookie sheet in a warm location out of direct sunlight, which can fade the flowers.
Set your petals out to dry for at least one week. Stir the petals occasionally to help them dry faster. Once dry completely the dried petals can be stored in a glass jar. Be careful how you handle the dried petals as they can crumble and fall apart easily.