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How to Dry Rose Petals + Make Rose Petal Bath Salts

Learn how to dry rose petals, use them for rose petal baths, salt scrubs, and more with this step-by-step guide. The process of drying roses is extremely easy and it’s actually quite fun to see how the petals change over time as they dry.

Bath Salts with Dried Rose Petals in Clear Recycled Glass Containers

If you’ve ever taken a bath with rose petals, you know that the scent alone makes bath time more enjoyable. But have you ever wondered how to use dried rose petals for other things – like bath salts, scrubs, or even as natural confetti for parties?

As a florist who regularly buys fresh flowers to enjoy at home, I hate to see flowers go to waste once they wither and die. So, I use this method of drying petals as a way to extend the life (and usefulness) of fresh flowers when they are on their last legs.

For example, after a holiday workshop, I had a bunch of extra flowers. So, one of the things I’m working on this year is self-care, I removed petals from the stems, dried them, and turned them into a spa-inspired DIY.

As a result, I am now obsessed with drying flowers for almost everything I tried all those years ago. Do you want to make some DIY rose petal bath salts? Here’s what you need to make your own…

Different types of salts in small bowl with dried flower petals

Colorful rose petals laid out on a canvas mat, ready to dry

How to Dry Rose Petals

The process of drying rose petals is really straightforward, but there are a few different techniques you can use depending on how much time/effort you want to spend. I’ll start with my favorite method, which is also the easiest and least active time…

1. For the most convenient approach, remove the rose petals from the stems and lay them out on a piece of canvas or drying tray for 4 or 5 days. Drying times will vary slightly, but you will know when they are ready.

tip: Lay out the rose petals in a single layer to dry faster.

2. (Optional) Turn your rose petals daily to ensure they dry evenly and fastest. However this is an optional step. Without doing this the petals will take longer to dry.

Yellow, red and pink dried rose petals placed on travertine countertop

Additional Ways to Dry Rose Petals

1. Microwave the rose petals.

This is by far the fastest option for drying rose petals, as it only takes a few seconds to complete.

Grab a microwave safe plate and paper towels. Place a paper towel on a plate, then add a layer (single layer) of rose petals. Then another paper towel and then another microwave safe plate on top of that. Making a type of sandwich. Microwave on high for 30-40 seconds, making sure the plate is rotating during this time (you can do this manually if your microwave doesn’t already have a rotating tray). Remove the top plate to see if the petals have dried sufficiently and if not, continue the process in 15-30 second intervals until they are completely dry.

2. Pressing rose petals into a book.

This is another easy technique – definitely a low-effort technique. The only downside is that this is the longest drying process, taking about 1-2 weeks for the petals to dry completely.

Open any page of a heavy book, place flower petals on the page in a single layer, as flat as possible. Close the book and wait 1-2 weeks for the petals to completely dry and be ready for use.

3. Dehydrate the petals.

Then, an easy technique for drying rose petals…

You can dehydrate rose petals by placing fresh petals in a dehydrator rack and setting the dehydrator on a low setting until the petals are completely dry.

4. Use a traditional oven to dry our rose petals.

If you dry flower petals in the oven. You have to keep a close eye on them. But will is otherwise another easy (and second fastest) option!

Preheat the oven to 180 degrees and place the rose petals on a baking sheet. Heat the petals for 10 minutes and then turn the petals and repeat the process in 10 minute intervals until the petals are as dry as you desire. *Watch the petals carefully to make sure they don’t burn and if they do, remove the baking sheet from the oven immediately.

5. Freeze dried rose petals.

This is not one I would recommend as it is a more complicated process that is best left to the professionals. But still, this is an alternative to drying rose petals, so I wanted to share it.

Dried Rose Petal Bath Salt in Glass Container with Wooden Spoon

Now that you know how to dry rose petals, let’s talk about the methods you can use. Let’s make bath salts…

Ingredients for Rose Petal Bath Salts

  • 1 cup Epsom salt
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • 1.5 cups Himalayan sea salt (or regular coarse sea salt if you don’t like the pink color)
  • rose essential oil
  • glass jars
  • Mixing bowl (or even a pitcher, like I used)
  • spoon or whisk
  • blender or food processor

How to Make Rose Petal Bath Salts

1. Dry the rose petals.

As I mentioned above, start by drying 1-2 cups of organic rose petals. I had a lot more rose petals than expected for this DIY, so you may want to dry a lot less, depending on the size of your bath salt batch.

If possible, use organic roses, as they will eventually stay in your bathtub while you’re in them. If you aren’t able to use organic roses, that’s okay too. There are a few things to keep in mind while making bath salt.

2. Mix remaining ingredients.

Once the rose petals are dry and looking like mine, you can actually make bath salts. And they are made very quickly. So all the waiting you did while the petals were drying is about to be worth it!

Mix Epsom salt, baking soda, and Himalayan sea salt in a large bowl or container.

Then, add drops of essential oils to it. Depending on how scented you want your bath salts to be, add 4-8 drops of essential oils.

To make rose petal bath salts, pour pink salt into a glass beaker

3. Mix the flower petals.

Next, add your dried rose petals to a blender or food processor with a sharp blade. And set the blender or food processor on the pulse setting until the petals resemble confetti.

It took me a few minutes. I actually alternated between using the blender function and the pulse function on my blender and it worked great.

this is blender I have it if you’re curious.

Dried rose petals mixed to make flower confetti

4. Add the blended petals to the salt mixture.

Once the petals are ready, add them to a bowl of salt and mix together with your hands or a spoon.

5. Pour into a decorative container.

Put everything in decorative containers. One with an airtight lid is best – my cork tops are mainly for show.

Add 2 ounces or more of water to your next bath and you’ll feel like you’re walking into a fancy spa.

Add dry rose petals to the salt mixture

And this is for making rose petal bath salt. In decorative containers, like I have, a batch of these salts would make a great gift for a bridal shower, birthday party, or spa day with friends.

They smell great and look pretty too, with flower petal confetti pieces.

Additional Uses for Dried Rose Petals

1. Use dried petals to make your own flower petal confetti, also known as natural confetti. It is biodegradable and good for the environment.

2. Use dried rose petals to make your own potpourri.

3. Make your own rose petal perfume or DIY room spray.

4. Use the petals to make your own cleaning products.

5. Make your own rose syrup and make flower cocktails.

6. Use it as a garnish for champagne popsicles and other food recipes (like cupcakes and cookies).

7. Press and frame the leftover petals to create a unique piece of wall art.

8. Make your own rose water.

9. Use dried rose petals for DIY beauty products, such as rose face mask Or homemade body scrub.

Closeup of rose petal bath salts in glass container with small floral confetti

Overhead view of floral bath salts in small containers with wooden spoons

Glass jar filled with beautiful rose petal bath salts, holding wooden spoon

Are you adding self-care to your list of goals for this year? Do you think you will try this beauty DIY?


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