Colleen Sowa Recipe

Rose Petal Rosary Beads

By Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7

Recipe Rating:
 4 Ratings
1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups dough
Prep Time:

Colleen's Story

My mother had a group of nuns make her a rosary from the rose petals at my father's funeral... This is the recipe... minus the praying nuns...

The beads can be used to make other things like bracelets, earrings and necklaces.

They can also be made into beaded curtains.

You can meditate or pray for the person you are making these for.. as you choose. :)


2 gal
fresh rose petals
3 Tbsp
rose oil
1 tsp
rose perfume (like avon's roses roses)
rolling pin
sewing thimbal
roll florists wire (hat pins work too)
rolls dental floss (or jewely string)
decorative crystal, ceramic or steel beads or rings
medal, cross, other embelishments
shallow dish or pan
rose oil (olive oil is less desireable)
clean cloths

Directions Step-By-Step

Gather and prepare two gallons of rose petals.
Process the petals in a food processor to form a dough.

Add in the rose oil and rose perfume. Pulse to incorporate the scents into the dough. This should yield about 1-1/2 to 2-1/2 cups of dough.
Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough to 1/4-inch thick.

Using a sewing thimble, cut out circles of dough.
Form one circle of dough at a time into evenly sized and shaped balls.
Thread each ball onto a florists wire or hat pin. When all the dough is used up (re-roll as need, and cut out more circles as needed), set them aside in a clean dry place for about a week or two in order for them to completely dry.
The florist wire or hat pins will form a hole in each bead. The beads will shrink in size as they dry (about by 1/3 in size).
When beads are completely dry. Remove them from the florist wire or hat pins. Place them into a very shallow dish or pan. Pour the polishing rose oil into the dish/pan until it is halfway covering the beads.

Roll the beads around in the oil occasionally. Soaking and rolling them for at least two hours.
Wipe each bead with a clean smooth cloth to polish them.
String the beads onto dental floss with 3 of the crystal, ceramic or steel beads/rings between each of your rose beads.
*** You can make curtains or jewelry with the beads.
*** If you have a favorite rosary, use it as your pattern, adding what you see fit (like beads, rings, cross)

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Other Non-Edibles

  • Comments

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    Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Jan 30, 2011
    I can't remember who asked me to post this recipe... so sorry... but it was on a tea recipe chat I believe... xo
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    Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE - Jan 30, 2011
    very cool way to make beads for anything...who knew rose petals would turn into dough? not me..I learn something new everyday! YEA!
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    Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE - Jan 30, 2011
    BTW, do the beads retain the color of the roses or turn black as in the pic?
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    Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Jan 30, 2011
    Pale roses may be a paler color... but this recipe I think they will be black or brown beads... I never made this myself... the nuns made the beads for my mother. My beads look like these...
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    Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7 - Jan 30, 2011
    The beads have a slight scent of roses... so if you make a beaded curtain.... it scents the air as you move through the curtain!