Step One – Making simple rose beads

cooking roses to make beads

You start by cooking the petals

What flowers should I use?
I first developed this recipe when I wanted to try making rose beads from a friend’s wedding bouquet. But the fact is, you can make these beads anytime, for any celebration, graduation, birth of a baby or grandchild, when you have Valentine’s Day flowers, or just go into your own garden when there are blooming flowers. You can also buy flowers at the store and enjoy them until they begin to get a little tired looking.

How fresh do the flowers have to be?
It is not necessary to use extremely fresh flowers.  If your local flower shop has older flowers they are throwing away, then these are fine to use too.

Will other flowers work?
Try any flower in your garden. You will be pleasantly surprised at the results. If you would like to know more about other flowers that work well, click on the link on the right to get on the list to be notified when the e-course comes out.

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How to make beads from rose petals and other flowers – Step One
The first step to making rose beads. Preparing to make the beads is the most important part. You will not only need flowers, but you will need other supplies. For making the rose dough you will need:
Recipe type: Rose Bead

  • Petals from at least 8-12 roses
  • Distilled water
  • Frying pan – non-stick, or if you want the traditional black beads you should use a traditional black cast iron pan. Grandma’s old cast iron chicken fryer works well.
  • Blender (critical for smooth, good-looking beads)

  1. Remove the petals from 8-12 roses. Do not include the ball inside the flower that becomes the rose hip later, and try to knock out all the little round seed-like things from inside the bud before putting the petals in the pot.
  2. Snip the petals into strips using a sharp scissors and put them in a no-stick or cast iron frying pan.
  3. Add about ½ to 1 cup water (using distilled water guarantees a purer fragrance) and cook just under the boiling point until the petals get soft.
  4. Be careful not to let all the water evaporate. Keep watching the pot carefully and add water if necessary, stirring to make sure they cook evenly.
  5. When the petals are very soft, turn the mixture off and let it cool. They should look a bit translucent, like a cooked vegetable. This is the first step to creating the dough from the petals.

If you are finished with Step One,  you can now go on to Step Two.


  1. You mentioned cooking the rose petals until they are very soft. In a time frame, how long does that usually take? Thanks! :)

    • It depends on your flame. I keep my flame as low as possible. The time frame is such that you can stand there and stir if you like. It will not take hours.

  2. BeadBeemer says:

    I came across your blog and the steps to make rose beads. I guess I am slow on the uptake, but I think this is such a grrrreat idea! I run everybody up a wall with my recycling and repurposing. I also was introduced to getting the Kindle app for PC and following that process. I also got your book. Thank you very much. It does look grand. I can’t wait to try something. Thanks also for preserving the Knowledge so well. I appreciate the positive dialog here. Hope everything is coming up roses for you EM

    • Thank you so much for getting the book. And I am so glad you like the idea! I think you can have a lot of fun trying out all the different options. It is amazing what you can do with flower petals.

  3. Gayle Eaton says:

    I used to have a recipe for making rose petal beads using fresh rose petals and wrapping them in a similar way that paper beads are made and then coated with some type of shiny mixture that retains the color. The beads can then be strung. Would you have this recipe or any ideas on where I might find this again?

  4. Hi! I have tons of dried rose petals that I have been searching for something to do with them. They all still have their colors due to how I dried them. Could the traditional or new method be used with them? Beyond that, is there an alternative way to buy your book about the new method?

    :) KC

  5. Lyndzie Williams says:

    I have frozen flowers Ive had for awhile. They still their color since I put them in the frezer before they died. Would they be fine to use to make beads?

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