If your bouquet is wilted, do not rush to throw it away, we know what you can do with it. Ways to use an old flower bouquet:

  • Pressing;
  • Make Potpourri;
  • Greetings Card;
  • Bath Bombs;
  • Candles;
  • Wrapping decoration;
  • Create Wall Art;
  • Make “Stained Glass”;
  • Make a Room Spray;
  • Make Flower Petal Confetti.

It often happens that your flowers withered, but they were so pleasing to your eye that you cannot throw them away. For such cases, you can use an old bouquet in several different ways. It can be both a handmade product and a self-care product. It all depends on your imagination and desires. We have selected ten of the most interesting ways that you can do with your old flowers.

In our article, we will look at how you can use an old bouquet after you no longer need them as a bouquet.


1. Pressing 

pressing flowers

The first method to use an old rose bouquet is to press it. Perhaps your bouquet consisted of flat enough flowers that you may press them down.

Collect the remaining flowers and put them in the largest book you can find in your home. Place the flowers of your choice between the two pages. Place heavy objects on top of the book to give just the right amount of pressure. For example, you can put your book first and the rest of the books in your closet on it. The result will be ready in about 10 days.


Aromatic Blend

2. Aromatic Blend

One way to turn an old bouquet into a piece of art is to make a potpourri. Use flowers, which retain their properties even after they begin to dry out. As such flowers, roses or peonies are suitable for you.

To make potpourri, you will need to add a few drops of rose essential oil to the dried flower petals. After that, bake the resulting consistency for several hours. This method will make a delightful and sweet smell in your home.

Floral Card

3. Floral Card 

For a third way, try making a postcard with petals of dried roses that were a bouquet. You can also use pressed petals and leaves for this. Make a DIY card out of cardboard or buy one from the store and use glue to attach the petals and leaves to the card carefully. You can lay out the petals in the form of a heart or any other way. To prevent damage to the postcard, apply self-adhesive paper at the end of the postcard. 


Bath Bombs

4. Bath Bombs

Not every woman finds time to spend time in the salon for spa treatments. However, taking a relaxing bath before bed is very important. Use bath bombs. It’s an excellent idea what to do with old rose petals. Bombs usually consist of citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, and essential oils. Flowers must be dried first.


Bath bomb ingredients:

  • Two cups of baking soda;
  • One cup of citric acid;
  • One cup of cornstarch;
  • Two tablespoons of olive oil;
  • A few drops of essential oil.


How to choose an essential oil:

The choice of essential oil depends on what kind of smell and effect you expect from the bomb. Let's look at some examples of essential oils and their properties.

  • Lavender: soothing. This fragrance is suitable for a bath bomb that you will use before bed.
  • Peppermint: stimulates. Make someone a mint bath bomb for Christmas, or use it during your morning bath to cheer you up for the day.
  • Eucalyptus: soothing. This oil also has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, so it's a great choice if you're looking to ease muscle pain or have a cold and are trying to clear your airways.
  • Lemon: invigorating. Lemon is a good choice for a bath bomb with a summer scent. However, don't use it too much as it has a very strong scent.


Other popular scents include rose, sandalwood, orange blossom, almond, and patchouli. Let's consider in more detail how to make bath bombs from the petals of the old rose bouquet.

Cooking method:

  1. Mix all dry ingredients first;
  2. Add some essential oil;
  3. Roll the balls with your hands or place the mixture in a special form from the resulting mixture. 

It usually takes about a day for the bombs to harden. If you want to achieve a faster result, place them in the oven for about 30 minutes.


candles with flowers

5. Candles

The next idea about what to do with dead rose petals is to make candles. What you will need to make your DIY dry flower candles:

  • Wax (soy wax is best, but any organic tode wax will work);
  • Cotton wick candle;
  • Dried flowers;
  • Glass jar or container;
  • Pencil;
  • Wooden skewer;
  • Essential oils (optional).


Preparation method:

  • Melt the wax

    In the first stage, you will need to melt the wax on the stove. To do this, you can use any pan or container that will be convenient for you to warm up. It is better to do this slowly on a slow gas so as not to damage the dried petals with the heat of the liquid. 

    • Add dried flowers from an old bouquet to a candle jar

      If you use a jar to make candles, we advise you to wash it before adding the ingredients so that there are no stains left after the wax dries. You can also glue some of the petals to the side of the glass if you want more flowers on display. When you're almost ready to add the wax, add some of the flowers you want to seal inside. Don't worry about their color distribution at this point, as more can be added gradually with the wax.

      • Pour the wax

        Now turn off the stove, transfer the melted liquid wax into a container and start pouring inside. Sprinkle a few more flowers from an old rose bouquet and use a wooden skewer to ensure they sink properly into the wax itself.

        • Add wick and essential oils

          You should already have the wick installed, which will be placed in the candle. If you want to add oils, do so after the wax has cooled for a few minutes to make sure the heat doesn't cause the oils to smoke. If you are adding strong scents like eucalyptus, put only a couple of drops into the mixture, but more is better for subtler scents (about 20-30 drops). After light stirring, the mixture can be lowered into the wick. Make sure it is in the center so that the candle burns evenly.

          • Screw the wick back in place

            Once the wick is centered and fully measured to the bottom of the container, use a pencil through the top of the lid opening. You can then wrap the extra wick around the pencil, so it doesn't sink into the still liquid wax.

            • Let the wax cool

              Now that everything is in place, find a cool, dry place for the wax to harden. This can take up to 24 hours to completely settle, so don't rush the process, otherwise, the flowers or wick may be knocked out of place.

              Once the candles are fully installed, you can add any additional decorations. Perhaps you can add a label with the recipient's name or a birthday message if it's for a birthday party. Whatever the celebration, your homemade candle is one of the great ideas for dead roses. It should be able to impress your loved ones with its light, scent, and craftsmanship.


              bath with rose petals

              6. Bath with Rose Petals

              This is one of the most amazing ideas for dried flowers. This idea will be incredibly stunning if you arrange a surprise for your loved one by taking a bath with rose petals. To create this atmosphere, fill the bath with water, add foaming agents, and pour dried rose petals into it.   




              rose petal tea

              7. Rose Petal Tea

              When you think about what to do with old rose petals, remember that you can make rose tea from them.  Using this method, you can use an old bouquet of roses to make a tasty and healthy rose drink.

              As ingredients you will need:

              • Water;
              • Rose petals.


              How to make rose petal tea: 

              1. Dry the rose petals from an old bouquet by placing them in the microwave for 40 seconds or in the oven for an hour. If you want a more accessible and natural way to dry the petals, you can put them between the pages of a book and wait about ten days.

              2. Drink water, then pour it into the teapot and pour it out. This will help you get a richer and more delicious tea. For making tea, it is best to use filtered water.

              3. Pour the dried rose petals with boiling water and let the drink brew.

              Your drink is ready. You can add rose petals to your usual tea, such as black or green. Remember that this is also one of the great dried bouquet ideas.


              Making Stained Glass

              8. Making Stained Glass

              We want to share another idea of what to do with dried flowers. You can make a small decoration for your home or office in the form of a stained glass window. Arrange the flowers from the old bouquet on the glass in any way you like, then top with another piece of glass. Finish the edges of your stained glass window with glue and hang your craft on the window. This way, you will get a little light show from old flowers in your home or office.



              homemade flower spray

              9. Sweet Spray

              You can make your sweet spray and get a delicious and sweet smell in your home.


              Instructions on how to make a spray of old flowers

              1. Fill a spray bottle with one part distilled water and one part witch hazel.
              2. Add about 20 drops of essential oil to a spray bottle and shake the bottle.
              3. Put a few flower petals into the bottle for a sweet-smelling spray and a pleasing sight to the eye.



              Confetti from flower petals

              10. Confetti from Old Flower Petals

              This is another creative option of creative things to do with dried roses. Make confetti from an old bouquet if you need confetti for your wedding or a friend's wedding, or if you want to wish someone a happy birthday brightly. The recipe is straightforward. You must pluck all the flowers' petals and collect them in a bag. This is not only a cool idea but also an excellent replacement for paper, especially plastic confetti.



              Do dried roses spoil?

              Usually, dried flowers can be stored for about 12 months. During this period, dried flowers can be used in any way to make something beautiful out of them.

              How do you preserve dried roses forever?

              There are better ways to dry flowers, so they don't go bad. The best way to dry rose petals so that their shelf life is as long as possible is to air dry them using drying screens, microwave them for about an hour, or microwave them for about 40 minutes.

              How do you keep dried flowers from falling off?

              If you want to dry the flower petals this would be a great idea; however, there is a risk that they may fall off over time. Some good methods to prevent petal falls are waxing, framing, and drying with resin.

              Can you press already dried flowers?

              Yes, you can press both fresh and dry flowers. It is important to do this carefully to avoid damaging the petals.

              How do you store dried rose petals?

              Once you've dried your flower petals, it's important to store them properly. Put them in a glass or metal jar protected from moisture. Store the container of petals as far from the sun as possible, preferably in the body and in a cool place.


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              Go to our website and choose the bunches you like. Don't forget to view our blog for various interesting and helpful articles.


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              August 14, 2023 — Alexandr Oleynik
              Tags: diy