Colleen Sowa Recipe

Rose Petal Rosary Beads

By Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7

Recipe Rating:
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

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Theresa Emanuele Theresa_Emanuele
Feb 22, 2015
do you use fresh rose pedals?
Amy Martin cuffs558
Mar 25, 2013
Thank you very much for sharing
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Mar 28, 2011
I tried this recipe and say it's Family Tested & Approved!
Dee Stillwell LILLYDEE
Feb 27, 2011
Joanne, I do like the Blazers but this family have been die hard Sacramento Kings fans for 25 yrs and it has been the most painful yr to watch ever. Sometimes I just can't watch and have to turn the channel. I fear we are about to lose our beloved Kings and that makes us sad. I'm happy that my son & GS have been to alot of games together and will always have those good memories.
Colleen Sowa colleenlucky7
Feb 27, 2011
Very nice!