Wondering what to do with that bouquet of wilting roses? You’ll love this round up of 10 ideas to create rose petal crafts, keepsakes, and gifts using sentimental flowers from Valentine’s Day, weddings and more.
Welcome to “Ask Kenarry,” a new feature on our blog, where our friends, fans and followers ask us to gather ideas for their home. The question most recently posed to us was “What crafty, creative ideas do you have to preserve, reuse or display roses after they have passed their prime?” We initially threw out the question to our followers on social media and then gathered additional ideas through our own searches on Pinterest and the Internet. We hope you’ll love the ideas we found for rose petal crafts, keepsakes and gifts as much as we do.
ASK KENARRY QUESTION: What crafty, creative ideas do you have to preserve, reuse or display roses after they have passed their prime?
Our question this month comes to us from my mother-in-law. On her birthday in December, she received a stunning arrangement of long-stemmed red roses, one rose for every year of her life. Let’s just say there were a “significant” number of roses in that bouquet as this was a milestone year for my mother-in-law. I was admiring her beautiful flowers while we were visiting over the holidays, so she and I started to talk about what she could do with the flowers after they started to wilt. The only two ideas for rose petal crafts that we could come up with were drying the rose petals to make into potpourri or simply putting them in a glass vase of some sort to keep on a shelf. We knew there had to be other clever ways to use them for rose petal crafts or to create special keepsakes so she could enjoy them longer. Our search turned up 10 excellent ideas for her.
IDEA 1: Memory Capsule Christmas Ornament
When we threw out the question to our friends and followers on social media, Diana from Ontario was one of the first to respond. She suggested the dried rose petals be put into a clear glass Christmas ornament. Then each year when my mother-in-law hangs the ornament on her Christmas tree she’ll remember her special birthday gift. We checked Pinterest and found this awesome photo from Ilene at Come On, Ilene. She made a Christmas ornament as a special keepsake from her wedding. Ilene refers to this idea as “a little time capsule from pretty much any big event from your life.” Visit her blog to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 2: Dried Roses in a Shadow Box
Pat from South Carolina, another friend and follower on Facebook, suggested that my mother-in-law put dried roses in a shadow box. Pat sent a photo where roses were dried intact and shaped into a heart within a shadow box. We tracked this idea down and found Brooke at The Crafting Chicks made the Rose Heart Shadow Box using roses her husband had given her throughout their relationship. Visit The Crafting Chicks to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
I also found this similar shadow box idea from Amy at Tastefully Furr-nished. Amy had a single dried white rose that her husband gave her on their wedding day. She mounted it on scrapbook paper within a shadow box. Visit her blog to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 3: Greeting Card Art
My mother-in-law is a paper craft enthusiast. Some of her favorite crafts to make are greeting cards, so I was excited to find this rose petal craft idea for her from Maggy at Red Ted Art. I love how Maggy used two rose petals to make a whimsical butterfly. Maggy also provides some great instructions for how to press flowers. Visit Red Ted Art to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 4: Rose Beads
Rather than drying the rose petals, you can also turn them into beautiful fragrant rose beads. Kathryn at Plant Whatever Brings You Joy shares how to make rose beads in a detailed tutorial including photos and step-by-step instructions. The photo below and instructions on her site were excerpted from Practical Herbs by Henriette Kress. Visit Plant Whatever Brings You Joy to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 5: Flower Petal and Leaf Wax Paper Votive Candle Holders
This idea for Flower Petal and Leaf Wax Paper Votive Candle Holders comes from Club Chica Circle. The instructions claim it’s so easy, even kids can help. The votive candle holders are pretty enough to display in your own home, to give as gifts to friends or use as favors at a bridal shower or wedding. Visit Club Chica Circle to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 6: Rose Petal Milk Bath
Another great gift idea to make with rose petals is this Rose Petal Milk Bath from Running with Sisters. Their website includes the recipe as well as a free printable for the label. They suggest using recycled jelly jars for the container and give great suggestions on how to make the jars gift-ready. Visit Running with Sisters to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 7: Scented Bath Oil Fizzy Bomb Melts
In case you needed another reason to fill your bathtub after reading that last idea, these luxurious Scented Bath Oil Fizzy Bomb Melts from Anna at Nature’s Home Spa will “fizzle away in your tub as your stress and weariness fizzles right away!” Anna’s website includes a detailed recipe as well as helpful hits on how to make them perfectly shaped and scented to use for yourself or for gifts. Visit Nature’s Home Spa to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 8: Rose Petal Filled Heart
I found this beautiful Rose Petal Filled Heart on All About You along with the instructions to make it. They suggest using “the completed heart as a drawer-scenter on its own, or sew it to a Valentine card, or to a cushion, or add a ribbon loop to hang it up.” So many great ideas! I wonder if it would also work in one of my mother-in-laws scrapbooks? Visit All About You to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 9: Decoupage Rose Votives
Amanda Formano at Crafts by Amanda shares this idea for Decoupage Rose Votives. She says that while they’re festive for Valentine’s Day, they look great for any occasion and last forever. On her website, she gives great step-by-step instructions including how to make the glue she uses for decoupage. Visit Crafts by Amanda to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
IDEA 10: Monograms and Framed Art
I love, love, LOVE this idea from Brooke at The Crafting Chicks to use dried and crushed rose petals to create Monograms and Framed Art. It a great way to turn sentimental rose petals into a “wonderful and meaningful piece of art”. I just wish I had seen this idea back when I still had the dried flower from my wedding! Brooke makes it look easy and shows how to make this step-by-step with photos. Be sure to scroll all the way to the bottom of her post to see the butterfly art she made for her daughters using pink roses that their father had given them after a dance recital. So cute! Visit The Crafting Chicks to learn how to make this rose petal craft:
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