What you'll need: One bunch of dried flowers, a la grandma style, and a shadow box. Yours could be a frame, mine is a linen-backed bulletin board style I bought from Homegoods a year or two ago. You'll just need it to be a couple inches deep.
DIY Rose Shadow Box
Let me tell you a little story. Way back in high school I kept every flower I was given. Recitals, school dances, you name it. They were dried all over my room, and when the time came, I even took some of them to college with me (so sorry roommates...) That was a different time for me, and while I know some people love to decorate with dried bouquets (which is great), it just doesn't work for me anymore.
View the slideshow above to learn how to make this beautiful rose shadow box.
But sometimes they're special and trashing them seems a little heartless- wedding bouquets anyone? So what do you do when they're just too sentimental to give the old heave ho- well here's the solution I came up with for mine.
My plan is to keep just one rose from any memorable flowers I receive (at least ones that will dry well)... I'm sure it will take many, many years to fill up this box, but that's kind of the idea. I think it'll be really special someday down the road- a great keepsake and reminder of good times and important days.
Are you gagging yourself? Ha! Sorry... I knew this would be a sappy post. It is about roses after all.
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DIY Rose Shadow Box
These particular roses just happen to be the ones my husband gave me when he proposed over four years ago... those of you who are a little squeamish might want to look away from what you are about to see...
snip. snip. snip.
Ah! Yes. I was nervous to do it... but I don't regret it. Aren't they pretty all lined up?
And here they are in all their glory above my (unstyled) nightstand. (I'd also like to point out my bare mattress...must be laundry day?? Or not.. who knows.) You'll notice that I've added one little green rose -who knew such a thing existed?- since I took the first of these pictures a couple months ago.