This simple drying method will cause the roses to shrivels somewhat and the color will darken. Bright red roses usually become the color of dried blood, while white roses become a yellowy parchment color. If you wish to preserve the color, size, and shape of the fresh rose, you will need to completely immerse the rose in a plastic container of silica gel, which is available from craft stores. Follow the manufacturer's instructions carefully and keep the gel in a safe place away from food and pets.
Dried roses can be used singly or in bunches in vases, jars, or bottles. Or gather bunches together with wide ribbon and hang on the wall or work them into bed hangings. You can also snip off the heads and hot glue them onto things like jewelry boxes, picture frames, wreaths, straw hats, etc. Or dry just the rose petals and make your own potpourri for sachets or around the house.
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