How to dry roses- DIYI have roses from many occasions that I have kept and dried. I used to do the old fashioned way of hanging the rose upside down and waiting and waiting. Now if you have time to do that, I think that is one of the best ways to dry a rose. But if you don’t have that kind of time and it’s a one night job, you can try this DIY!
Well tonight my aunt and I wanted to try and figure out a way to dry the roses, the beautiful yellow roses from Grandma’s funeral. She got a yellow rose to represent all of her 5 kids and she wanted them to each get a rose. Since all the sons and daughters live further away, the best way to take the roses home was to try and dry them, and do it fast! We bought a package of silica gel from Hobby Lobby that was designed to do just that! I have never done anything like this before and the process is certainly interesting.
Picture of the beautiful yellow roses and my seeet neice, Charlotte!
Here is the gel from Hobby Lobby we used!
Here is the how to step by step:
1. Take the rose or flower and cute the stem all the way up leaving about an inch or 2 of stem.
2. Pour some of the silicon gel into a microwaveable bowl. Make sure the bowl is deep enough to cover the rose or flower.
3. Place the rose or flower into the bowl with the already poured gel and begin to pour more of the gel on top. Be really careful to not pour the gel too fast, as to not crush the flower. We used a plastic cup to pour a little at a time.
4. Microwave on medium heat for 2 min and let cool for a bit. This will help to get the moisture out of the Rose and cause the rose to harden. Let it sit and cool completely.
5. Once the gel within the bowl is cooled, begin to take out the gel beads slowly to not hurt the flower.
6. Gently take the flower out and get all of the little beads out of center and the flower petals… and presto it’s done!
It took a little bit longer than we expected, but it worked!!! A successful DIY!!! Enjoy!