As far back as I can remember, my mom had a rose petal jar. Whenever she had a bouquet, she would dry some of the rose petals and toss them into the jar. Her jar was very old and had belonged to my great-grandmother. At the very bottom, there was just “petal dust” left over from decades of old petals that had disintegrated. Whenever she opened the rose petal jar, I would lean in for a whiff of the heavenly scent.When we had our shop, my mom used to make potpourri from rose petals, herbs, spices and other flowers from her garden. We would display the potpourri in glass containers and sell it by the scoop.
With wedding season in full swing, this would make a unique and sentimental gift for a bride. She could add some of her bridal flowers and begin a family tradition of saving rose petals from special events.
If you’re looking for other wedding ideas, check out my DIY Moss Topiary Trees. They would make great reception decor and/or favors!
The first step is to choose a glass container. Keep an eye out for vintage jars at antique shops and estate sales. This one is from my mom’s stash. I absolutely love the rusted green top and wooden handle!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- dried roses
- dried lavender
- other dried flowers (I used hydrangea and amaranth)
- cinnamon sticks
- whole cloves
- rose essential oil (optional)
The easiest way to dry roses is to cut off the stem when they start to wilt and then just leave them alone for a couple of weeks. If you’re short on time, you can dry them in the oven. Place them on a cookie sheet and heat in a 180 degree oven for 15-20 minutes until crisp.
Now it’s time to create a “starter batch” for your recipient. Remove the petals from about five roses and put them in the jar. I used both red and pink roses.
Then add a handful lavender buds. I stripped mine off the stems.
Add some dried flowers.
2 cinnamon sticks…
And a tablespoon of cloves.
I didn’t add any rose essential oil, but you can if you’d like a stronger rose scent. I think it smells amazing as is! And as more petals are added over time, it will maintain the aroma. Now just give it a stir and you’re done!
Write a personal note to explain the purpose of the rose petal jar. If you used petals from your own special event to create the jar, include that in your note. How sweet would it be to include petals from your Anniversary or Valentine’s Day bouquet?
Of course, you can make one for yourself, too!
I’ll be back on Monday with the At Home DIY July Challenge. Let’s see what we can do in just 2 hours!
Have a wonderful weekend!