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How to Preserve a Rose in Resin

Updated February 21, 2017

Drying your roses is one way that you can preserve them. But after several years they can start to disintegrate and ruin. To preserve your roses in a longer lasting way, use a resin mixture. Resin mixed with catalyst will provide a clear epoxy coating over your entire bloom. Since the mixture starts off as a liquid, it can get in between the petals and preserve each one. Within just 5 minutes, you'll be able to perfectly preserve your favourite roses.

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  1. Dry out your rose by hanging it upside down. Tie a string or ribbon to the stem, then tie the other end to a curtain rod or doorknob. Let the rose hang until it is completely dried out. This may take a week or two.

  2. Lay a garbage bag over your counter space to protect it from the resin.

  3. Pour 1/4 cup of resin into a plastic cup. Add 1/4 cup of catalyst to the cup. Mix the resin and catalyst completely using a plastic spoon.

  4. Hold your rose at the stem, then dip it into the resin mixture. Keep the rose in the mixture for 3 minutes to properly coat the entire bloom.

  5. Place the rose into a separate plastic cup, rose blossom facing upward. Use your plastic spoon to catch any drips as the resin mixture sets. The mixture should be completely dry and the rose preserved in just 5 minutes.

  6. Tip

    If your resin and catalyst do not come premeasured, use only plastic or old measuring cups as these chemicals will ruin the cups.

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Things You'll Need

  • String or ribbon, at least 12 inches long
  • Garbage bag
  • 2 plastic cups
  • 1/4 cup resin
  • 1/4 cup catalyst
  • Plastic spoon

About the Author

Andrea Griffith has been writing professionally since 2005. Her work has been published by the "Western Herald," Detroit WDIV, USAToday and other print, broadcast and online publications. Although she writes about a wide range of topics, her areas of expertise include fashion, beauty, technology and education. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and English from Western Michigan University.

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