Saturday, June 2, 2012

Quick and Simple Fondant or Gumpaste Rose

Did I mention this was easy too? Roses are a very beautiful and popular flower. Don't buy fake flowers to add to your beautiful sugar creation. Make them out of sugar in either fondant or gumpaste! They are just as beautiful and easy. Let's get started.


Fondant or gumpaste in the color you want
5 petal cutter
rolling pin
Ball tool
Flower foam
small paint brush
plastic wrap

1. Roll out your fondant to about 1/8 inch thick. The thinner you roll it the more natural the flower will look. If you want really thin petals I'd use gumpaste because it dries harder. Also make a tear drop shape with a flat ish bottom. This will be the center of your rose and help makes its shape. It needs to be about an inch or inch and half tall and no rounder than the center of the 5 petal cutter. Play with the size until you get the look you love. Cut 3 - 5 cuts with the 5 petal cutter. I will use 5 with a medium thick fondant. About 1/8 inch thick.

2. Use your ball tool to curl and soften the edges of the flower. Apply a firm pressure and drag the tool across the edge while the 5 petal cut out is on the foam. You will know if you press too hard because the petal will rip. Click on the picture to get a better look. This will take some practice. Do each petal on all the 5 petal cuts. Keep everything covered in plastic wrap when you aren't using them.

3. Use the small paint brush and small amount of water to "glue" the tear drop to the center of the 5 petal cut out. Also use small amount of water to make the tear drop sticky all over. Not too much or it wont be sticky.

4. Here comes the tricky part. No worries. You can get this. Now that the tear drop is sticky bring up one of the petals curling one side to the center and leaving one side open like the picture.

5. Skip a petal and bring up the next one to the tear drop shape. Tuck one edge into the open side of the first petal. This is the trick to give the rose a natural look.

6. Make these two petals sticky like the tear drop but only on the lower ends of the petals. Just use a little water. Just enough to make them sticky. If you put too much don't worry, it will dry some.

7. Wrap the two petals around each other like the picture. Not so hard now was it? Now on to the easier steps. :)

8. Skip another petal and make the edges sticky with a little bit of water. This is how we will make each petal glue to the center of the rose. You will also always skip a petal and go to the next. It creates a more natural look.

9. Press the petal to the center. Use your thumb to pull the top edge away from the center just slightly. You can also curl it back just a little.

10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 with the last two petals. You can be finished here if all you want is a bud. Cute isn't it. :)

11. Glue the bud you just finished to another cut of the 5 petal cutter with a little water. When you glue it down make sure you stagger the petals so they don't glue in the same place as the petals on the bud. You want where two petals meet on the bud to be in the center of the petal you are adding.  Now repeat steps 8 and 9 skipping every other petal. Once this step is done the rose can be finished also. It will make a small rose size flower. Still very beautiful.

12. Glue the small rose to the center of another cut of the 5 petal cutter the same way you did the rose bud. Repeat steps 8 and 9 again with these petals.

There you go!!! You have done it! That was easy wasn't it? Feel free to "fluff" your flower to get the look you want. Its a rose everyone will love. If you went with a thinner fondant or gumpaste you will need to make more layers. At this point, if you wanted an even larger rose you will need to buy a larger 5 petal cutter in order to make it fit.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I am happy to help all I can. Thanks for stopping by my blog!!

1 comment:

  1. Looks beautiful. What brand of gloves do you use?


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