Those roses you got for Valentine's Day are beautiful, yes. YES, we wish they could last forever, but they don't. What are we supposed to do with them as time passes and they wither and die (and start to smell)? Feel guilty tossing them in the trash?
Here are some ways to stretch your sweetheart's thoughtful gesture.
Let them die - Because you can decorate with them. Stick them in a vase and you’ll have a reminder of your S.O.’s thoughtful gift forever.
Get crafty - Channel your inner Martha Stewart and hang the flowers in a window, or shape them into a cool design and frame them. Or press them and use them to add to the personalized homemade stationery you’re planning to make, or the handmade candles you’re making someday.
Make potpourri - If homemade candles and paper are a bit out of your crafting comfort zone, just take those fallen petals and create a sweet smelling potpourri with them. This is a beginner level project - all you need is some spices or citrus peel to add to the mix and your room or drawer will be garden-fresh in no time.
Create a cleaning agent - Who knew you could make a cleaning product with your leftover flowers? The smarties at Organic Authority, that’s who. According to them, this is “a thing” and it’s an easy recipe: add a quarter cup of flower petals to a cup of baking soda and a tablespoon of salt. Voila - sweet smelling, natural cleaning product.
DIY rosewater - Use your leftover blooms to make a make a lightly scented water that you can pour into a spray bottle to use as a facial toner, or spritz your bed linens before you sleep.