Monograms and Framed Art {Using Dried & Crushed Rose Petals}

Now that Valentine’s Day is over, you might be wondering what to do with those bouquets of roses you might have received from a loved one. :)  Today I have a few ideas of how to use dried roses to create pretty art for your home.

I am a pretty sentimental gal myself, and awhile back I mentioned that I’ve kept and saved a basket full of roses my husband has given me throughout our relationship (we met when we were 14!). After MANY years of collecting and saving the roses I finally used some of them to make a Rose Heart Shadow Box a few years ago that I still love displaying to this day!

More recently I decided to use a different technique to use dried roses in my home decor—instead of using whole dried roses, I crushed the rose petals. My mom made me something similar to this years ago using flowers from my wedding bouquet, so I was eager to try it myself. It really is a pretty simple (and a bit messy) project, but ends up being a wonderful and meaningful piece of art! I decided to use my ancient vintage roses to make a monogram on canvas.

Supplies to make crushed roses monogram/art:

  • dried roses or other dried flower petals
  • blank canvas (or cardstock + frame)
  • paint
  • foam craft brushes
  • glue (I used Elmer’s glue)
  • pencil
  • ziplock baggie
  • small bowl

First off, this is how I dry my roses—hang them upside down. This helps to keep their shape better as they dry, which would be important if you wanted to make the shadow box project I linked to at the top of this post. :)

Let’s get started! Pick several dried roses from your stash. They don’t have to be in good shape because you’re just going to smush them anyway. :)

Place roses in a baggie and start to smash the petals, squeezing and crushing them into small pieces. You could use a rolling pin which might help if they are extra crispy and crunchy!

I poured mine into a small bowl and used the bottom of a medicine cup to make the petals even smaller. If you had one of those mortar & pestil thingies you could really pulverize them. But I’m not that fancy so I used what I had.

I didn’t crush mine to powder, just into small enough pieces to provide variety and texture, almost like big flecks of glitter or something. You can crush them as much as you want.

I painted the blank canvas using some acrylic paint in my favorite color I was sent by the kind people at DecoArt to try out: Spa Blue. YUM.

Once dry I took a pencil and sketched out the monogram.

Then I traced the outline with Elmer’s Glue and used a foam craft brush to fill in the letter more.

Next I covered the glue with the crushed rose petals—the same way you would do with glitter. Make sure all of the glue is covered, then carefully shake off the excess petals back into the bowl or onto a paper towel to use for other projects. It really doesn’t have to be perfect. You can kind of clean it up and use your fingers to push the petals into place and make sure the shape is the way you want it to be, adding more petals if there are any gaps.

Voila, a fun monogram using my special saved roses! :) It comes together pretty quickly. To protect this art it would probably be a good idea to seal it with a matte spray sealant.

Such great texture!

I also made another easy project using a design I made in Photoshop (me and hubby’s initials, awwww!), printed on photo paper. So instead of drawing a heart I just added my glue to the heart I printed out. Following the same steps as above, this is how it turned out!

I framed it in an awesome bracket frame that I painted and glazed from Poppy Seed Projects, and I’m happy with how it turned out!

Oh, and here’s a small one I whipped up that would make a cute Valentine’s Day decor for next year. :) I’ve been crushing roses like crazy the past few days, ha ha!

You can completely personalize this and use any shape you want for the crushed rose petals. For another project I used roses that my sweet husband gave our daughters for their Christmas dance recital. I made some fun framed art to hang in their bedroom. I traced a butterfly shape this time around onto some patterned paper, then matted it with white cardstock. :) The girls love it!

So have fun and save those roses to make beautiful art later! It’s okay to be sentimental, right? :)

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Comments

  1. Loree R says

    This is so funny, I wish I could send a photo to show you my shadow box from years ago!
    I had received close to 400 roses from my now husband when he was dating me and into our engagement. I had no idea what to do with all the roses and had never seen any good ideas to do with old dusty bouquets…..(because I too am sentimental and wanted to hold on to them) ;) hehe
    So about 9 years ago I decided to place them in a cool design inside super duper large shadow box.
    I was just looking at it the other day and thought to myself I was pretty tired of the shadowbox and I probably should just bite the bullet and throw the roses away…..but lo-and-behold….I stumbled upon this great idea! =) now I can still have my roses….just in a different form. =)
    I also thought it was funny to see someone else had thought of the same thing to do with old meaningful roses in a shadowbox! I know that nothing is new under the sun but I thought I was pretty original on my idea….guess not =) {wink} {wink}
    Loree

  2. Angela says

    Ahhh this are fabulous ideas. I am a bit sentimental as well, and we aren’t even married yet (2 more months…) and I keep wondering what I’ll do with all of them! NOW i don’t havce to have nervous breakdowns when petals fall off. I can crush them purposefully! THANK YOU!

  3. Augustine says

    I have roses that we got in our honeymoon suite… They were all over our bed… Been wanting something to do with them and also wanted our initials to hang… Awesome idea thanks…

  4. Chen says

    I just made these w/ the rose petals from my wedding bouquet :) We got married in August!

    Did you spray anything on top of the rose petals to prevent them from falls off or decoloring?

    Thanks!

  5. says

    Good idea. I have here dried rose petals from a bouquet of flowers given by hubby on our anniversary. I will look for frame later :). Thanks

  6. says

    Hi Brooke, I sent you an e-mail last week at your site’s gmail.com address to see if I can get your permission to share this idea and a few photos on an upcoming blog post on our site. Would you please get in touch with me so I can send you more details if you didn’t get my e-mail last week? Thank you!
    Carrie @ Kenarry: Ideas for the Home

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