Drying Rose Petals the Right Way


The roses in my garden are gorgeous, but they come quickly and bloom so rapidly. I can’t keep up. I hate to see them go to waste and love to extend their fragrant lives a little further. My favorite way to keep them around for an extended period of time is to dry rose petals.  I like to keep dried rose petals in a bowl on my bathroom counter and use them for various crafts around the house.

Dried rose petals make a gorgeous natural potpourri, and I’ve even jarred them up to give away as gifts. I also love the rich colors that are achieved with drying rose petals, and it’s crazy-easy: You can dry them in the microwave. If you have roses in your garden or a bouquet of roses that you want to keep around for longer, here is how to dry rose petals the right way.

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  • fresh roses in bloom
  • garden shears
  • paper towels
  • microwave
  • microwave-safe plate
  • cooking sheet or other drying surface
  • glass jar with lid


pink rose in full bloom

Step 1: Start by using mature roses in full bloom. Cut them off the bush just as you would for a bouquet.


Step 2: Carefully pull the petals off right at the base of the stem. Discard the stem and leaves.


Step 3: Place the petals in a single layer on a paper towel–lined plate. Microwave on HIGH for sixty seconds.


Step 4: Here’s what they looked like after a minute. There was still quite a bit of moisture in the petals. Microwave on HIGH for an additional sixty seconds.


Step 5: Getting there! The larger petals needed a bit more nuking, so I microwaved them on HIGH for another thirty seconds.  


Step 6: The petals are done when they are hardened and no moisture is left.


Step 7: Allow the petals to dry an additional twenty-four to forty-eight hours on a cookie sheet.

Step 8: Store in a covered jar until ready to use.  

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