Flower Craft: Dried Rose Petal Shadow Box

Transform and preserve special blooms with wall art.

Dried Rose Petal Shadow Box

Dried Rose Petal Shadow Box

Turn special memories into wall art.

Turn special memories into wall art.

If you are like me, sometimes you have a hard time parting with beautiful flowers that hold special memories. I've kept flowers over the years from anniversaries, births of children, birthdays, special Valentine's Days, and even weddings. One of the ways that I like to hold onto these memories is to preserve the flowers. Many flowers can be dried and kept as long as they are still a bit fresh. Sometimes, I will pull a couple flowers immediately from a bouquet and press or hang them to dry.

Roses are one of my favorite flowers to dry. You can dry the entire bouquet or you can gently remove the petals one by one from the stems, place them in a bowl, and set them aside in a humidity free area to dry.

There are many uses for dried rose petals. Use dried rose petals to make rose petal sugar, create essential oils, fill sachets, soaps, or even use them to create art. Here I used dried rose petals to create wall art in a shadow box that I picked up at the local craft store. 

I chose burlap fabric for the background. You can also use other fabrics or even a favorite piece of scrap booking paper. Try tucking in special memories associated with the day in the shadow box as well, such as the note that accompanied the bouquet, a ticket stub from the movie that night, or a book of matches from that evening's date. Here is what you will need to get started.

Supply List:

  • Dried rose petals
  • Shadow box
  • Glue dots
  • Scissors
  • Fabric or paper of your choice

Now take a peek at the gallery below to preserve your own special memories:

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Dried Rose Petal Shadow Box

Learn how to preserve flowers and create dried flower shadow boxes.

Gather Your Supplies

For this craft you will need: shadow box / dried rose petals / cardboard / burlap / scissors / glue dots.

Cardboard Backing

Cut the cardboard backing to the size of the shadow box.

Add Burlap

Cut a piece of burlap to fit on the cardboard backing and glue it into place using multiple glue dots.

Dried Rose Petals

Rose petals can easily be dried by removing the petals from the stems and placing them in a bowl in a dry location.

Glue Dots

Select a rose petal and add a glue dot to the back.

Form the Shape

Continue adding glue dots to the back of individual dried rose petals to form the heart.

Full Heart

Fill in the heart completely with petals.

Box It In

Place the rose petal heart in the shadow box and reassemble the box according to the manufacturer's directions.

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