Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Toothpick roses made easy


Toothpick roses by Tunde Dugantsi

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:

Toothpick roses by Tunde Dugantsi

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:

Toothpick roses by Tunde Dugantsi

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.

Toothpick roses by Tunde Dugantsi

Here is the tiny rose stencil in action: it can hold up to 49 roses:

Toothpick roses by Tunde Dugantsi

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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8 comments:

  1. tunde bravoooo you do wonderful work sooo talented i keep trying to produce exceptional decorated cookies lol i'm always disappointed except for a few that i did where to me were flukes they just happened i didn't have much thought when they emerged and walllaaaaa well that's only a few i saw your other message i will go back to it having thoughts about it stay blessed enjoy texas i would have loved to be there

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    1. Exactly, usually our mindless doodle cookies turn out to be the best! It's not too late to join me in Texas, I am going back in January: http://www.tundescreations.com/texas.html.

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  2. I am thrilled that this was debuted on your site and not on the nasty phony girls site. Too many people have drunk that koolaid. You are a true artist

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    1. Apparently I missed something I don't mind missing :) Thank you very much for your kindness and support!

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  3. what tip are you using for the roses in the video?

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  4. I use Wilton #101S petal tip for these tiny ones. (For bigger roses I use 101 or 102.)

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  5. I filled my cookies with the flood icing & after they dried 2-3 hours, I notice many have cracks all over the flooded area. what did I do wrong ??

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    1. If you move your cookies when the surface of the icing already starts to set but the inside is still liquid, then the inside might move and crack the surface. This is the most likely cause.

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