How to Dry Roses

How to Dry Roses

I’ve wanted to write this post for a long time now but for some reason or the other I couldn’t do so. Today, when I was replacing my year-old homemade potpourri with freshly made one, I decided to dig out old photos of the roses and sat down with my notebook to write about it.

So, here I am sharing one of the simplest DIYs (you can never go wrong with it) on ‘How to Dry Roses’. Every time I bought roses (or was presented with a bunch/bouquet) I make sure that after a couple of days’ of display in the vase, I dry and add a few drops of fragrant oil (essential oils) and use them to adorn various corners of our home…they smell heavenly.

These air dried roses stay very well for many months, sometimes upto a year. The colors stay strong and vivid. Mine start withering only because I end up dusting them too often (because of excessive dust here).

How to dry roses…

Very simple… just hang the stems upside down (roses facing downwards) in a cool and airy corner of your home. The corner next to my dresser is where I dry my roses and other flowers. Best dried are the rose buds which are not fully opened.

Once dried, you may trim the stems and use the dried roses either as a potpourri (display them in a bowl, plate or a dainty basket) or you may use them in crafting a dry flower arrangement, a wreath, a crown, or stick them along a photo frame/mirror or do any other crafting with them…just use hot glue to stick them wherever you want them.

A few days ago, while sorting out an old box, I found a diary (of the year 2002) where I found handwritten notes on ‘How to dry roses and other flowers’. It was quite interesting going through my notes (I seriously do not remember making such exhaustive notes!). Apart from air drying, there are a few more effortless ways to dry flowers. The dreary task, although, is to convert all my ‘Diary Entries’ into a soft copy… I am being lazy I know…maybe I will seek my daughter’s help. As soon as that happens, I shall be sharing it with you…until then try drying the roses, and let me know how it goes for you!

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Old Glass Jars- recycle and Update

Old Glass Jars- Recycle and Update

The days are hot and sultry and the temperatures are touching a whopping 42 degree Celsius! And yet there is something about Summers that I absolutely love! I have learnt to deal with this heat, with or without the air-conditioning! And my way of doing it is to keep myself busy in some DIY/art/craft…I guess the brain becomes too occupied to notice how bad the weather is! Also Summer (Break) happens to be the only time when I get to indulge in all my creative urges, without any interference from any front. Oh yes, I do love Summers! Yesterday was another hot summer day, when I decided to bring a bit of nature inside our home. Since I wanted to perk up all corners of our home, I needed more flower vases. I turned a few kitchen vessels into flower vases and yet I needed more… that’s when I remembered my collection of glass jars (It had honey in them earlier) which I had stashed away in my pantry (to be used for storing things as and when needed).

The idea to recycle old glass jars in not anything new, we all have been doing it in some way or the other. But to upcycle a glass jar in a simple diy using all things old appealed to me. I was in too much of a hurry, to perk-up my home, to paint the old glass jars (if you have the time, that’s another great way of updating them).

It didn’t take much time, just a few things from my craft stash – raffia, a rainbow coloured cord, buttons and old batteries; and the old glass jars were ready in an all new avatar!

As I said earlier, the idea was to recycle old glass jars with no expenditure and minimal effort.The tiny batteries of the remote control were way too cute to be thrown away…so I decided to give them a new life!

The buttons that I used are from an old t-shirt, took them off before turning that t-shirt into my ‘car cleaning cloth’.

By the time I was done with my recycling spree, I had these cute little vignettes all over my home and the highlight were the ones with the recycled glass jars!

You can add any thing that fancies you to make your own recycled vase. Go on and make your charming vases and if you do need them back for storage they’d look pretty just the way they have been updated.

Don’t you think even the pantry would look pretty with these recycled old glass jars, especially in their new look!

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