Rose Petal Crafts

Rose Petal Crafts

You have been given a bouquet of roses by a loved one and now that the flowers are drying up, but you want to preserve the memories by using the petals of the flower in an innovative manner. The rose petal crafts detailed in this article should help you create something that appeals to you.
"A rose is a rose is a rose is a rose."

So said Gertrude Stein in her poem Sacred Emily. There is no denying the truth in her literary work. After all a thing is exactly what it seems to be, at least on most occasions. But with a rose, sometimes this could be debated. The rose is often heralded as one of the most beautiful flowers in the world; a symbol of love and romance. Rose flowers are also one of those that are often used to create some of the most beautiful crafts from natural products. In this article, we will tell you more about rose petal crafts and give you instructions on how you can create different artworks using rose petals.

Crafts with Rose Petals

So, you are looking for a weekend project that you can indulge in using the rose petals that you have dried and saved? Well, there are many different projects that you can opt for. We give you four extremely simple crafts that you can try your hand at.

Notebook Cover
Things You Need:
  • Rose Petals
  • Notebook
  • Glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Decoupage Medium
Instructions:
  • Take the notebook cover that you want to decorate with the rose petals and place it on a flat surface.
  • Now take the glue that you have and apply a small blob on the cover. Spread the glue all over using a paintbrush.
  • Now start placing the rose petals on the notebook. Ensure that you press it flat against the notebook cover so that they stay in place. Allow it dry.
  • Once dry, apply a layer of decoupage medium all over the notebook, coating the entire surface in the process.
  • Allow the notebook cover to dry before you start using the same.

Potpourri
Things You Need:
  • Dried Rose Petals
  • Ground Orris Root
  • Rose Essential Oil
Instructions:
  • The first step would be to take about one quart of rose petals in a bowl and allow them to sit in the sun for a while.
  • Next, mix in about three tablespoons of ground orris root and also two drops of rose essential oil.
  • You will need to allow this mix to sit for about two weeks or so. After this, you may need to add a drop of more of essential oil again.
  • Allow the mix to sit for another week and then place it in the bowl that you like. This potpourri should have the fragrance preserved for about a year.

Beads
Things You Need:
  • Rose Petals
  • Rose Water
  • Ground Orris Root
  • Gum Arabic, powdered
  • Oil
  • Needle
Instructions:
  • The first step that you need to follow is to grind the petals. While grinding the petals, you need to add about half a cup of rose water. It is important to grind the paste for as long as you can.
  • The next step would be to add the binder that you are using. For this process, we will be using ground orris root which is reminiscent of violets. Using a binder allows the pulp to stay together and preserves the aroma.
  • You could also choose to add gum Arabic which will help you to improve the binding of the pulp and make it easier to create shapes with the clay.
  • You will need to cook the ground paste in an iron pot with water and allow it to simmer for some time every day for at least four to five days. At the end of this, you will be left with a dough like substance.
  • Use this dough to roll out tiny beads. Be careful while rolling out the beads as they tend to stain. Use a needle to create a hole in the beads and also to thread them so that you can dry them properly before using them for jewelry.

Candles
Things You Need:
  • Dried Rose Petals
  • Glue Stick
  • Candles
  • Double Boiler
  • Wax Paper
Instructions:
  • The first step is to take one of the candles and melt it completely after placing it in the double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, you can use two vessels, one filled with water in which the other vessel is placed with the candle to melt it.
  • Now take the candle on which you want to stick the rose petals and start sticking the petals one by one, ensuring that they are stuck flat on the candle.
  • Once the rose petals have stuck properly, hold the candle by the wick and then dip in the melted wax that you made in the earlier step. Bring it back up and then dip it again.
  • Allow the excess wax to drip off and place the candle on the wax paper to dry it off. It will take at least two hours to dry the candle completely.

Other than the rose petal crafts mentioned here, you can also choose to try out different pressed flower arts using rose petals. These projects can be the perfect way to keep your flowers alive for a little longer and are also a great weekend do it yourself project.
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