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

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You can get your own set of rose stencils at 2T's Stencils. Have fun with your flowers!

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