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How to Make Beads From Dried Flowers

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Overview

Flowers often mark momentous occasions. Perhaps you receive a bouquet of roses for Valentine's Day or your birthday, or you may surround yourself with flowers on your wedding day. Regardless of the occasion, you are likely to want to save your flowers and may already have bunches of flowers from past occasions. You can turn all your dried flowers into beads that you can work into jewelry and wear as a memento or give away as gifts to others who share those memories.

Step 1

Gather together your dried flowers that you would like to make into beads. You can get about 70 beads from a dozen roses. Make sure your flowers haven't been sprayed with chemicals.

Step 2

Remove all petals from your flowers and put them in a blender. Blend the petals until they are finely chopped.

Step 3

Place your flower petals in a large saucepan and add enough water to cover them. Simmer your flowers for 1 hour. Let the flowers cool, and then simmer them for another hour. Cool the petals; they should have become a soft mass from being simmered.

Step 4

Push the flowers through a fine-mesh sieve. This will help to remove excess water from your flowers, but the petal mixture will still be wet enough to work with.

Step 5

Pinch some of the mixture in your hands, and roll it in your palm to create your bead shapes. Place each shape on a paper towel to dry.

Step 6

Let the beads dry for 24 hours, and then press wire through each bead to create a hole. String all of your beads on the wire, and then hang them to dry for a week.

Step 7

Turn each of your beads every day so that they don't stick to the wire. Use them to create jewelry once they are dried.

Tips and Warnings

  • These beads may dissolve if they are exposed to or doused in water.

Things You'll Need

  • Blender
  • Large saucepan
  • Fine-mesh sieve
  • Paper towel
  • Jewel wire

References

  • The Bead Site: Making Rose Petal Beads
  • How to Make Rose Petal Beads
  • From Blossom to Bead: Bead Making
Keywords: dried flower beads, flower rosary beads, funeral beads

About this Author

Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Robin Coe has reported on a variety of subjects for more than 15 years. Coe has worked on environmental health and safety issues in communities across Ohio and Michigan. Coe holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism with a double-major in international politics from Bowling Green State University. She has also received training and experience as a nurse aide.

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