5 Wonderful Things you can do with Flower Petals

By Ashley

It’s a great feeling when someone surprises you with a beautiful bunch of flowers! Whenever you catch a glimpse of them you smile because you know you’re loved - we get so excited by the way our flowers can make you feel so special! We really want this feeling to last, so we tuck a little care guide in with each bouquet we send - telling you how you can make your flowers last as long as possible.

 
 
 

But like most things in life nothing lasts forever. If you’re anything like us you’ve probably wondered how you can squeeze that last bit of enjoyment out of those lovely little buds.

Well, wonder no more! We’ve found 5 brilliant ways to make the most of your spare flower petals.

 
 

Rose petals in the bath

If your special someone has just splashed out on some beautiful roses, we’re guessing you’ll want to continue the romance?

Why not return their loving gesture by running a nice hot bath and popping some of your rose petals in. Not only do they look the part, the petals also give off a lovely aroma which is perfect for creating a relaxing atmosphere.

 
 

Confetti

There’s a high chance you’re off to a wedding sometime soon, so you’ll be needing plenty of confetti! Now that a lot of wedding venues have banned non-biodegradable confetti, it’s the perfect opportunity to make your own.

All you need to do is bunch together about 5 flower stems that you’d like to dry out and hang them in your airing cupboard for about a week - this method works best with roses and lavender. Once dry, strip the petals and mix them together to create your confetti.

Now go and throw it over the newlyweds!

 
 

Perfume

Making perfume with your flower petals is actually really simple! All you need to do is:

1. Grab the petals of the flower(s) you want to smell like (aim for roughly a cup of petals) and wash them gently in a bowl of water.
2. Boil two cups of water in a pan and add your petals. Now reduce to a simmer so your petals don’t boil.
3. Leave to simmer for about 15 minutes, then pour the mixture into a jug to cool for a few hours.
4. Now grab a glass bowl and a sieve. Pour your mixture over the sieve and into the bowl. This is your new perfume! Check there are no petals in the bowl, they should have been captured by the sieve.
5. Pop your new perfume into a nice container and you’re good to go!

You can spray some onto yourself or over your linen (towels, bedding etc) for a lovely clean and fresh aroma.

 
 

Pressed flowers

There are a few ways to press flowers but we think it’s easiest to stick with the book method.

Grab a big heavy book and some paper (printer paper will do, just try to avoid kitchen roll - it’ll leave an imprint on your petals). Place your flower between the paper and the pages of the book, now close the book and weigh it down with other books or maybe even a brick.

It’ll take 2-3 weeks for your flowers to be ready. We recommend using tweezers to pick your flowers up - they’re so delicate after being pressed.

Now you can get creative! Put your flowers in a nice frame so you’ll see them all the time, add them to the page of a journal or make a greetings card - whatever tickles your fancy!

 
 

Romantic petal trail

This option is simple yet effective. When you want to inject a bit of romance into your day, make a petal path for your loved one to follow! If you want to go the extra mile why not try leaving little love notes along the way?

It goes without saying that the petal trail would work really well with putting petals in the bath. Perhaps your trail could lead to the bath - it’s up to you!

 
 

We’ll leave you with one final petal tip - your petals are ready to be picked when you give them a gentle tug and they come away from the flower easily. If they don’t, it means that you can enjoy your flowers in the vase for a bit longer.

If you want to try out some of these ideas but don’t have any flowers to hand, you’ll find some gorgeous ones on our website We’d love to know how you get on, so please share any pictures of your re-used petals on our facebook page!

 
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