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upcycling our wedding flowers into rose water.

our diy rose water and pressed flowers using fresh roses from our november wedding in moorestown, nj | Meghan Kennedy 11/5/23

At lucid ladybug we are constantly chasing new ideas and ways to upcycle and repurpose all the beauty and treasures that surround us each day.

After our November 3 wedding in Moorestown, NJ we had most of our wedding flowers by Flora and Dean repurposed and passed on by Forget Me Knot Flowers. My bridal bouquet is currently being preserved by @foreverpetals.nj. Read more about our intentional wedding flowers and the spreading of love and light through our thoughtfully repurposed wedding flowers here.

We brought a few arrangements home to adorn our space after the wedding. I couldn't let the beautiful blooms go to waste - so I got crafty!

I picked up a small flower press on our mini-moon in Cape May, NJ at the @westendgarage to press a few of the petals myself. Most of the wedding blooms I bundled and took down to the basement to hang upside down to dry for later projects. I pulled all the remaining pink roses to make homemade rose water!

Rose water is a beautiful toner for your face and skin and can also be used in your hair. It is known for hydrating and reducing redness, puffiness under the eyes, acne, and clogged pores. I find it so refreshing to mist the rose water onto my face in the morning and at night.

Here's what you need:

  • dozen fresh roses

  • large pot

  • 6-8 cups of filtered water

  • 2-3 large mason jars with lids

  • mini spray bottles Here's how to do it:

  • Pluck all the petals off of the stems and place the petals in a large pot on the stove.

  • Add 6-8 cups of water, fully submerging the rose petals.

  • Turn the stove on medium heat and bring the water/petal mixture to a boil.

  • Once boiling, reduce the heat to low and cover allowing the petals to simmer on the stove until all the color strips from the petals. This should take about 25-30 min or so.

  • Turn the stove off, remove the lid, and allow the rose water to cool completely.

  • Strain the petals out using a strainer or cheesecloth, pouring the rose water into mason jars for secure storage in the fridge.

  • We used small amber spray bottles to gift our rose water to our bridal party and family after the wedding.

  • Homemade rose water is best kept in the fridge for 3-4 months.

Cheers, Meghan

photography: @lucid.ladybug | all rights reserved.


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