How to Make Rose Petal Beads


Rose petal beads have been made for centuries to create beautiful and fragrant rosaries. While there are complicated ways of creating them which involve hours--and sometimes days--of simmering petals in a cast iron skillet, there's a quicker and easier way that will allow you to make rose petal beads in an afternoon. Once your beads are made, you can string them onto nearly any type of jewelry, from necklaces to earrings, or use them as tassel ends for bookmarks.

Step 1

Gather together about 2 cups of petals and place them in your blender, followed by 2 cups of water. Blend the petals into a mix until there aren't any large pieces of petal remaining. The consistency of the mix should be like that of a thick soup.

Step 2

Pour the mixture into your cheesecloth and let the water drain out. Squeeze out the excess water to create a more gritty, paste-like consistency.

Step 3

Pinch a tablespoon-sized portion of the mixture into your fingers, and work the mix between your fingers to both compress it and turn it into a ball at the same time.

Step 4

Form the beads to be the size of large marbles (about half an inch in diameter). They will shrink as they dry. Put a pin through the center of each bead as you complete it.

Step 5

Stick the tip of the pin into a corkboard or piece of Styrofoam to hold the bead as it dries. Make sure the beads aren't touching the board. Turn each bead on its pin every day for a week, after which time, drying should be complete.

Things You'll Need

  • Fresh rose petals
  • Blender or food processor
  • Water
  • Cheesecloth or tightly woven gauze
  • T-pins or flower head pins
  • Corkboard, Styrofoam or foam board


  • "Gifts With Heart"; Mary Beth Sammons and Susannah Seton; 2002
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