Rose Pot Pourri

Rose pot pourriValentines Day has been and gone and by now those beautiful red roses have begun to fade.  It’s a shame to throw them away when they can so easily be dried and used for pot pourri that will last for many, many weeks, if not months ahead.

The time to turn them into pot pourri is really just as the flower heads start to droop and the petals are dropping away because once removed from the stem, the petals are still colourful and beautiful.

There are a few methods for drying flower petals, two of which require patience, one of which is quick and easy.  Here’s the quick and easy method and all it requires is a few pieces of kitchen paper, a microwave and a small bottle of rose essential oil (a scent ‘fixative’ of orris root powder is an optional extra).


Gently separate the petals from the stems and scatter them in a single layer on a microwaveable plate onto which you have placed a piece of kitchen paper.  Microwave on a medium setting for 15 seconds, turn the petals and microwave again for another 15 seconds.  The petals will become a richer, darker colour but shouldn’t be brittle.  I find that I can generally do one bloom at a time like this.

When they’re all done pop them in a plastic bag and scatter with a few drops of rose essential oil, close the top of the bag and gently toss the petals in the bag.  Then preferably leave the bag shut for half an hour or so before use.  Display in pretty, open containers around the house and top up the scent with more drops of essential oil as and when necessary.

If you want to make the scent last longer, you can add approx. one tablespoon of orris root powder per cup of petals just before you sprinkle on your initial dose of rose oil.  Orris root is simply a natural fixative, derived from the root of a species of iris, and can be obtained from many herb supply outlets.



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4 responses to “Rose Pot Pourri

  1. I keep drying my roses intending to make this. Never get it done, but I keep adding the petals to a glass bowl and some in a glass dish. 🙂

    I dry roses by pulling the leaves off, hang them upside down on a hanger using a snap clothes pin in my garage. Then I end up putting them in a flower vase quite often as I like them and they stay a long long time.

  2. angelcel

    That’s the traditional way – slow and gentle – but as I’m an impatient sort of a girl I generally go down the microwave route! Of all the flowers, roses seem to be the most picky to keep and can flag after only days, so making pot pourri to prolong some of their beauty is always nice. 🙂

  3. Mary q Contrarie

    Thanks so much for the information. I have been trying to learn how to dry flowers. I have big plans for what all I can do with them. I am thinking this is a great way to get inexpensive gifts to all my friends.

  4. angelcel

    Hello Mary, Thank you for that link – there are plenty of tips for the traditional drying of flowers and those those drying racks look ever so handy for a number of crafts.
    Yes, I think giving home dried flowers and pot pourri in gifts is a lovely idea. Hand made gifts are always lovely to receive because of the time and care that has gone into them.
    Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment. 🙂

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