How to Dry Out Rose Petals


Enjoy your rose garden even after the growing season is over. Drying roses is a wonderful way to preserve their beauty, create potpourri or make confetti for special occasions such as weddings. Dry your roses intact or simply dry their petals. Air-drying is easy to do with intact roses and even easier to do with rose petals.

Step 1

Choose fully opened roses that have not started to wilt or fade.

Step 2

Remove the petals carefully by hand or by cutting all the way around the base of the rose with a small, sharp pair of scissors.

Step 3

Spread the loose petals on newspaper or paper towels and allow them to air dry for a few days.

Things You'll Need

  • Small, sharp scissors
  • Newspaper or paper towels


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