How to Make Funeral Flowers Into Beads


Flowers are a part of many funeral traditions. They are often preserved as a memento of the event. The dilemma is what to do with them. Save the flowers from a loved one's funeral and make them into beads. These funeral flower beads can be fashioned into jewelry, charms, key chains or rosaries to share with family and close friends. Only a small number of flowers is needed.

Things You'll Need

  • Dried flower petals
  • Translucent polymer clay, color of choice
  • Wire
  • Oven-safe dish or pan
  • Portable oven
  • Crush a handful of dried flower petals into small pieces. Roses, lilies, carnations or any kind of flower are suitable.

  • Condition the polymer clay by working and kneading it in your hands until it is soft and pliable.

  • Sprinkle a pinch of crushed flowers on the clay and knead to work it into the clay. There is no specific amount to include; the goal is to have specks of the flowers in the clay, not large clumps.

  • Break off a small amount of the clay and form it into a bead. It can be round, square, disk, oval or pebble-shaped.

  • Pierce the bead with the wire and leave the bead on the wire.

  • Prop the wire across the oven-proof dish leaving the bead suspended over the dish to prevent a flat side from forming on the bead during baking.

  • Form more flower beads and feed them onto the wire, leaving spaces between each bead.

  • Preheat the portable oven to the temperature specified on the polymer clay package. Temperatures vary by brand.

  • Place the dish with the suspended funeral flower beads into the oven and bake according to package directions.

  • Photo Credit B. Michaels
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