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:
Memory Capsule Christmas Ornament
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: