A crafty way to give gifts or sell items from your home is to make jewelry out of dried flower petals. Before you can make the jewelry, however, you’ll need to transform your flower petals into beads. When you have dried flower petal beads, you’ll be ready to string them for necklaces, bracelets and earrings. The good news is that the process of turning petals into beads is simple. It takes only a few minutes to make beads and have them already drying for future use.
Collect your fresh or already dried petals together so you have at least a good handful, and put the petals into a blender. Using the same types or colors of flowers can give you different results, so make note of which flower petals give you which results as they dry.
Add about a cup of water to the blender and blend the petals with the water on high for a few pulses of five to 10 seconds. Break the petals up as much as possible so the mix of petals and water become soupy.
Drape the cheesecloth over the strainer and set or hold it over a sink. Pour or scoop the petal and water mixture into the cheesecloth and squeeze out any excess water so that your mix is more paste-like and not dripping.
Grab 1 tbsp. of petal mix between your fingers and begin to compress the mix as you form it into the shape of a ball about the size of a large marble. For more stylized beads you can also form tear shapes, squares, triangles and rectangles.
Push a pin through your formed bead where you want the hole to be. Extend the pin out the other side of the bead. Push the pin into your cork board securely, but do not let the bead touch the board. Make as many beads as you have mix for.
Rotate the beads on their individual pins every day by giving them a quarter to a half turn. Within a week the beads will have shrunk and dried and are then ready for stringing to create whatever jewelry project you want to work on.
Leave the beads “as is” with a rough texture, or you can buff them gently with a firm cloth, such as jean material, to give them a little shine. Adding a sealant or clear coat to the beads is not recommended, as you may destroy the integrity of the bead and prevents any fragrance from coming through when handled.
Things You Will Need
- Fresh or dried flower petals
- Cork board
- Jewelry supplies
- For an added touch you can paint designs on the beads, such as flowers, swirls or stars as long as you use acrylic paint and a fine-tipped brush.
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