I was reading an herbal book that casually mentioned making a flower pendulum and I knew I had to make one too! The book said to just tie string around a flower but it didn’t hang straight for me so I wanted to try out different ways to do it. In case you haven’t heard of pendulums before, they’re often used for divination and dowsing.
For this experiment, I chose a delicate flower (Petunia), and medium-sized flower (Rose of Sharon), and a more substantial flower (Dahlia). Pendulums should have a bit of weight to them but Petunias are so pretty that I had to try one anyway!
For the Petunia and Dahlia (if it’s not a Dahlia, feel free to correct me in the comments!), it was possible to tie the knot so that it was under the sepals. I thought this would help make sure the knot stayed on. Rose of Sharon was a bit different so I’ll explain both ways.
I have no idea how these will be when they dry! They’re really quick to make so even if they have to be used fresh, it’s still worth doing. I wouldn’t make Petunia again because it’s just too delicate and light. As it wilts, it hardly weighs anything.
Bottom left: Rose of Sharon; Centre: Petunia; Right: Dahlia??
For all pendulums you’ll need:
- A flower
- 3 strands of embroidery thread (as long as you’d like)
Petunia/Dahlia Flower Pendulum
- Tie a slip knot so that it goes around the base of the stem and under the sepals. I left the end long so that if necessary, it can be tightened if the stem shrinks as the flower dries. I’ll cut that part after it’s dried.
- Move the strings so they fall where they would naturally, as if you were going to braid.
- Take the outer two strings and use them to make a regular knot on the other side of the slip knot (so all the strings aren’t in one place).
- Divide the 3 strings so that they’re somewhat spread out and put them between the sepals
- Straighten out the 3 strings and tie a knot around the stem. We did all this to try to make the flower hang straight!
- Make a second knot near the end of the stem. Add a third knot at the very end so that it will be a good place to start braiding.
- It’s hard to braid without damaging the flower! I stuck the edge of my Jambox on the stem so it would stay in place. Braid until your desired length.
- Tie a knot at the end of the braid. I did my knot so that a bit of braid was in it. Cut the ends if you want or leave them long so you can attach stuff and jazz it up, if it calls to you.
Rose of Sharon Flower Pendulum
- Make a knot around the stem and pull it really tight. Make a second knot (with all the strings together) around the other side of the stem and pull it tight.
- Make a third knot with the last bit of the string in the centre so that the flower will hang straight. I should have started with a longer end so it’d be easier to work with! Trim the short end.
- Braid the strings. My stem wasn’t long enough to rest anything on so I tried to gently keep the flower between my knees as I pulled a tiny bit to braid. This got easier as it was longer.
- When you’ve braided it to be as long as you’d like, tie a knot and trim the end if you’d like, or keep it long.
Add Magic to Flower Pendulums
- Flowers and colours have different meanings so you can look up their correspondence/symbolism/folklore if you’re creating one of these with an intent in mind
- Weave in your intent as you braid
- Consider the moon cycle or astrology when you pick the flowers