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How to Preserve Rose Petals

Dry the rose petals from that special bouquet and have them as keepsakes forever.


  • Step 1: Stop heating the petals when they are no longer damp. Then spread them on paper towels in a warm, dry place in your home and check them for dryness daily. Depending on your climate, they should be dry in 2 to 5 days.
  • Step 2: Add some essential oil and use your rose petals in potpourri, or place them in a jewelry box with other keepsakes.
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  • TIP: Microwave time will depend on the number of petals you are drying.
  • Step 3: Dry your petals in a microwave if you don't want to use silica gel. Place the rose petals in a single layer on a paper towel-lined, microwave-safe plate and microwave on high heat for 2 to 4 minutes.
  • TIP: Check the petals after 3 days. If they're not yet dried, check them daily until they are.
  • Step 4: Use a soft paintbrush to brush the gel from the petals once they're dry.
  • Step 5: Preserve your petals with silica gel. Pour silica gel into a shallow, airtight container to a 1-inch depth, and then add your rose petals. Place the lid on the container and let the petals dry for 3days.

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