I had one, maybe two problems:
- I don't own a carnation cutter
- I have no florist tape! You need some! However, the fact that I didn;t have any will not affect the quality of this "How-To"
- 1 small scalloped edged cookiecreation
- 1 medium scalloped edged cookie cutter
- Modelling fondant of your own colour choice (standard fondant will not work)
- Your rolling pin and tools
- Small calyx cutter (optional)
- A little green modelling fondant (optional)
- A cocktail stick
- Wire, curled over into a loop at the top
- Florist tape (I didn't have any and you will see what I used later in this post)
- Edible glue / water
- Brush for glue / water
Step #1: Cover the loop with the florist tape
Here, I had a problem. As this was an impromptu make this morning, I had no tape. So I covered the loop at the top of my wire using modelling fondant. This was a bad choice so don't make the same error as I did, make sure you get florist tape, your fondant creation will grip onto it and wont slip off the wire as mine did at first. Cover the loop and a few mm's down the wire
Step #2: Cut your shapes
- For each carnation you will need to cut two small and one medium scalloped edges circles.
- Place them under cover so they do not dry off.
- If you are making more than one carnation, cut one small one for each carnation before you go onto cutting the other small one (and then later your medium one)
Step #3: Roll edges
- Using your cocktail stick, roll out each individual scallop.
- If they crack or break, don't worry, this will add to the effect!
- Do this all the way around.
- Already you can see the beautiful, frilled edged of the carnation forming.
Step #4: Add to wire, fold an dry
- Add glue / water to the centre portion of your frilled circle and place wire through the centre of your circle up to the tape.
- Fold in half and gently press together
Step #5: Bring edges to centre
- Imagine what you have in front of you divided into three portions ...
- Dab a little glue / water onto the centre portion and bring the right portion over then, pressing gently, stick it to the middle.
- Turn your creation around and repeat.
- Pinch the underside so it grips onto any tape you have showing (or just the wire) so it's nice and tight.
- Hang your creation upside down to dry
Step #6: Second circle
- Repeat Step #3 with your second circle.
- Add a dab of glue / water to the centre, push wire through the centre and bring up, tightly by carefully, to meet the first circle.
- Pinch gently so this second circle sticks to the first and also to the wire.
- Hang upside down and allow to dry
- At this point, you can stop if you only need the small carnation
Step #7: Repeat Step # 6 with the medium circle
- Repeat the previous step with the larger (medium) circle
- Hang upside down to dry
Step #8: Underside leaves (optional)
- Using your smallest calyx cutter, cut out some greenery
- Using your tool, spread out the leaves
- Add this to the bottom of your carnation in the same way as you have been adding the circles
- Pinch to the wire
- Hang upside down until dry
Enjoy your creation
I did not have a stem / bud vase at first to display my creation but hey, it looks mighty fine in my ornamental apple salt shaker I brought back from the States with me last Autumn (Fall)