Rose Petals as a Centerpiece

Published July 20, 2012

Every so often I come upon an idea by accident.

While grocery shopping one morning I noticed the clerk in the floral department tossing beautiful, multicolored rose petals in the garbage receptacle. I thought to myself what a waste of a beautiful floral remnant.

I asked her if she would sell me the rose petals and she agreed. I was able to purchase a very large bag for $1.00. What a deal!

Of course when I returned home I had to think of what to do with these petals as they only had one or two days of life left at most. As I was expecting  a few guests for dinner that evening I decided to create a centerpiece.

It’s an easy one and not very time consuming. Perfect for summer.

Remember to use the petals the same day you purchase them for best results.



  • 1 large bag of rose petals (available at floral shops and grocery stores)
  • 2-3 large, clear flower vases (can be purchased at Michaels)
  • Small floating candles or 2-3 large ones
  • Matches or lighter


The premise behind the idea is really quite simple.

Carefully clean the rose petals of any dirt or residue. Fill the vases with the petals. Try to fill them quite full leaving about 2 inches from the top.

Fill the vase with cold water leaving 1 inch empty at the top.

Carefully place your miniature floating candles or 1 large one on top of the rose petals and light them when your guests arrive.

For an added effect, scatter any remaining petals around the vases.

You may choose from multicolored petals or perhaps a solid colour theme. All white or yellow roses are stunning for a clean and simple look.

Set the table to coordinate with the centerpiece and remember never to leave burning candles unattended at any time.