With today’s step by step tutorial I’ll show you how you can easily make a wax rose yourself!
The rose is one of the most beautiful flowers for me. Luckily, there are great ways to preserve their beauty. A common method is air drying the roses. Other common methods are the use of silica gel or to put the roses in a glycerin-water mixture. Today, I want to show you another preservation method: the use of liquid wax. After preservation, you can use the waxed rose for a flower arrangement.
Here you see the tools I used to make the waxed rose DIY: a pair of flower scissors, an old glass jar to melt the wax residue, and an old glass bowl of cold water to dip the wax rose in at the end.
|Flowers scissors||Amazon Aliexpress*|
|I use the Japanese flower scissors Okatsune 304||Amazon Aliexpress*|
|Glass bowl||Amazon Aliexpress*|
These are the materials I used for the wax rose: a fresh rose, wax scraps (candle scraps), and two skewers.
|Wax scraps||Amazon Aliexpress*|
Guide| Make a wax rose yourself
Step 1: Remove rose stem
In the first step, I cut the rose stem slightly below the petals with the flower scissors.
Step 2: Put rose on skewer
Now the tip of the skewer is inserted through the rose head.
Step 3: Heat up wax
Now the wax is melted. Before you get started, here are a few tips:
- Protect your workplace and your hands from the hot wax.
- Use only old containers for the wax, it is rather difficult to remove the wax afterwards.
- I melt the wax very slowly in a glass jar in the microwave.
- You can also melt the wax in a water bath, then make sure that you use an old pot. In addition, the pot should be only a little bit larger than the glass jar, so that it can not tip over in it.
- The opening of the glass jar should be large enough for the rose to fit through.
- The wax should not be too hot, otherwise the leaves of the rose will turn brown. You should still be able to touch the wax.
- If you have very large chunks of wax, you can chop them before melting, then the wax melts a little faster.
- If you want to wax several roses, you may have to heat the wax again in between, as it cools down and becomes solid again over time.
I now put the wax into the glass jar and melt it slowly. With the wooden skewer you can stir the wax again and again.
Step 4: Dip rose in warm wax
Then I completely put the rose head into the warm wax.
I then turn and swirl the rose so that the wax is evenly distributed everywhere.
I use the wooden skewer to bend the petals outward a bit more to make them look nicer.
Step 5: Put wax rose into cold water
Immediately after, I dip the wax rose into the cold water.
If the rose can handle more wax, I simply repeat steps 4 and 5 and dip the rose into the wax and water again.
The water cools down the wax so that you can use the rose immediately.
And the wax rose is ready! I hope you enjoyed this DIY as much as I did and you enjoy the sight of the preserved rose!
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