7 Ways to Use Withered Flowers Petals

Withered roses

If you have received a bouquet of roses recently and now with due sadness you are observing the flowers wilting, hold on – there’s no need to throw away those gorgeous flowers as soon as you notice the first sign of wilting.

There are a few ways to use the withered petals and keep your dear flowers with you a little bit longer. 

1. Make Potpourri from Dead Flowers


Homemade potpourri is a fun way to use the dead flowers from the mixed bouquet that you received a while ago and that already wilted.

Potpourri is basically dried flowers petals, plants and natural objects, often lavender, cinnamon sticks, cedar fronds and stones, placed together in a decorative bowl or a bag to create a beautiful rich natural scent. 

Making potpourri from dried flowers and herbs

All you need to do is to take the withered petals off the stem, spread them out to dry thoroughly (use dry, dark, cool, and well-ventilated place for that) and then place them in a mixing bowl. If available, you can add do herbs like rosemary, thyme, cinnamon, clove, and star anise for a scented potpourri. Adding essential oils is another great way to make your potpourri have a pleasant scent. If you choose to use essential oils, make sure to add shavings of Orris root. Orris root serves as a fixative for essential oils; the oils are absorbed into the root and very slowly released back into the air as fragrance.


You will need to allow your scented potpourri sit for a few weeks and them pour it out to the display bowl or bag. 

Making scented potpourri at home


2. Make a Pressed Flower Picture


If you are into crafts or you have children who are, you can use the petals to make a pressed flower picture. Matting and framing dry flowers is an easy way to create unique art piece for your home or at least have fun doing a craft project. 

Pressed flowers picture

You will need to take the petals off the stem before they completely wither and dry, otherwise they will brittle when trying to flatten them. Place the petals between the pages of an old book and wait for a few days.

Flatting the flowers for pressed flower picture

After the petals get flat and dry, arrange them in a picture on an uncut piece of mat board. You can glue them if desired and then place the glass or acrylic glazing into your frame.

3. Preserve the Bouquet


If you want to keep the bouquet for longer period of time, you can try to preserve it by means of air drying.

Air drying a bouquet of flowers

Gather the flowers in a bunch and secure the stems with a rubber band or a ribbon. Hang the bouquet upside down in a well-ventilated area out of direct sunlight. Wait for a few weeks and you’ll have beautiful dried flowers in vintage hues.

Air dried bouquet of flowers

Some people advise to spray the bouquet with a few coats of hairspray.

Hanging bouquets upside down is the most traditional technique for drying flowers, but it is not the only way to preserve your bouquet. Another way is using silica gel. Silica gel is a sandy-like substance that can be found at craft stores. Bury your blooms in a container filled with silica gel.


In a few days to a week, gently uncover vibrant, preserved flowers. You can use dried flowers to make arrangements to decorate your home.

Arrangement of dried flowers 

4. Add Flowers Petals to Your Bath Salts


Another way to make use of dried petals is to make spa-like bath salts. Just mix the petals together with Epsom salt and soothing powdered milk. You can add essential oil and baking soda to that mixture and this luxurious soother will make a wonderful and relaxing present for your dear ones.

Adding rose petals to bath-salts


Bath salt with dried flowers


5. Use Dried Petals for Homemade Candles


Add a sentimental touch to your home décor with homemade dried flower candles. They are also a great gift for your friends or relatives which has a special personal touch to it.

Embed flowers onto a candle by affixing dried flowers to the surface, then over-dipping in clear wax. This technique works especially well with interestingly shaped leaves and flat blooms.

Homemade candles with dried flowers

There are 2 techniques that you can use to make this type of design on a candle.

  • Melt a small candle or chunk of wax down and use it to ‘paint’ pressed flowers onto existing candles. First ‘paint’ a layer of wax onto the candle itself, then press your flowers onto it in the design you are after. ‘Paint’ several layers of wax on top of this.
  • The second way is a little more intense. First use a mold to create the candle size and shape you want. Fill with wax carefully, while adding flowers to only the outer-most layers. It’s best to fill only an inch at a time to ensure no flowers get near the wick.

Homemade candle with dried flowers

6. Make Your Own Rose Water


Rose water is often used as toner for fair and dry skin. Pure rose water is the distilled water of roses. It is usually made by stream distillation, and it smells heavenly and tastes delicious. Commercially produced rose water often contains additives and unwanted chemicals, so making your own is a great way to ensure the purity of your water.

Homemade rose-water-toner

You will need the following ingredients for making your own rose water:

2-3 quarts fresh roses or rose petals
Ice cubes or crushed ice

You will also need a large pot with an inverted lid.

1. In the center of a pot with an inverted lid, place a fireplace brick and then a bowl on top of it.  Put the roses in the pot; add enough flowers to reach the top of the brick. Pour in just enough water to cover the roses. The water should be just above the top of the brick.

Making rose water at home

2. Place the lid upside down on the pot. Turn on the stove and bring the water to a boil, then lower heat to a slow steady simmer. As soon as the water begins to boil, toss two or three trays of ice cubes (or a bag of ice) on top of the lid.

3. As the water boils the steam rises, hits the top of the cold lid, and condenses. As it condenses it flows to the center of the lid and drops into the bowl. Every 20 minutes, quickly lift the lid and take out a tablespoon or two of the rose water. It’s time to stop when you have between a pint and a quart of water that smells and tastes strongly like roses.

7. Use Rose Petals to Create Romantic Atmosphere for Your Loved One


You can use the rose petals to create a romantic evening for your beloved one. You can spread the petals on the bed, on the bathtub, or create a rose train from the entrance door to the bedroom. You can make a heart with the petals, you can write out some words… Be creative, you can come up with many other ideas!

Creating romantic atmosphere with rose petals


As you could see, there are plenty of ways to use the wilted bouquet of flowers you received from you dear friend, partner, spouse or colleague. Be creative and prolong the life of that gift for a little longer.

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