Valentine’s Day is one of the most romantic holidays of the year, second only to your anniversary! When it comes to flowers, though, it can also be a wasteful holiday. Within a few days, that beautiful bouquet that had you gushing starts wilting and looking a little depressing. What do you do with those leftover Valentine’s Day flowers? It seems like such a shame to toss them in the trash!
The good news: you don’t have to waste those flowers! There are plenty of clever things you can do to treasure those blossoms and blooms a little longer. Check out three of our favorite things to do with leftover Valentine’s Day flowers.
What to do with Your Leftover Valentine’s Day Flowers
Make some potpourri
Making your potpourri is much cheaper than purchasing some at the store. And what better way to make your own than by using leftover flowers from Valentine’s Day. When the flowers start to fade, snip the petals and allow them to dry on a sheet of newspaper. When completely dried, place the petals in a glass bowl and add 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 tablespoon of allspice, 1 tablespoon of cloves and 3 tablespoons of cinnamon. Then, in a mason jar, layer the flower petals with the spices and cover with lid.
Create some rose water
Rosewater makes a great astringent for those with sensitive skin because it is mild in nature. Rose water is easy to make since all you need are 2 cups of distilled water that is boiled and 1 cup of rose petals that have been rinsed and dried. In a bowl with a lid, add the rose petals and boiling water. Cover with lid and allow to set for 20-30 minutes. Then, strain the water into a mason jar. This rose water can be refrigerated for up to 30 days.
Laminating flowers are an excellent way to preserve them. To accomplish this, wrap some flower petals in a paper towel and then put it in the middle of a heavy book. Close the book and allow to set for 2 weeks. Then, laminate the flower to create something like a bookmark.
These are a just a few easy ways to use those leftover Valentine’s day flowers and extend their usefulness a little longer. Depending on the size of your bouquet, you could easily do all three! Laminate one or two blooms for a bookmark, make a bit of rosewater with the biggest roses, and then use what’s left for your potpourri.
Do you have any other ideas of things to do with leftover Valentine’s Day flowers? Tell us in the comments!