I know, I am late to the party, but I just made my first ever toothpick roses a few days before my Texas trip.
The start was easy. I mixed the very thick icing and piped the rose. And there I was with a rose sitting on top of a toothpick in one hand and a piping bag in the other. And now what? - Asked myself. What should I do with this toothpick? Stick it somewhere for a few hours until the rose dries? Then do the same with 99 other toothpicks? No way! There has to be a better way!
First, I wanted to dry these flat in my dehydrator. Second, I didn't want to use a new toothpick for every single tiny flower I make.
I figured, if I had a plastic sheet with holes I could pull the toothpick through the hole and the rose would stay on the sheet and have a flat bottom.
So I raided my storage for a "plastic sheet" (wishing I had stencils) and found this cheap cutting mat from Dollar Tree. I poked holes into the sheet and the prototype of the tool was born:
It worked just fine, but it was a pain to poke all the holes into it. So I decided to ask Tammy from 2T's Stencils to make me some stencils with holes during my Texas trip. And she did:
Now, I am a happy camper. I have a couple of stencils to make my roses, with different numbers of holes for the different sizes of roses.
Here is the tiny rose stencil in action: it can hold up to 49 roses:
You can watch my little video here:
You can get your own set of rose stencils at 2T's Stencils. Have fun with your flowers!
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