Published on May 17th, 2013 | by Kristen Swain5
Bread Dough Roses
Every once in a while it’s cool to bring back a virtually forgotten craft and make it new again. Bread dough, do you remember that. I remember Aleene’s Creative Living TV show, where Heidi Borchers would make these sweet little porcelain like flowers. Bread dough roses. I created them at home, but didn’t really have any ideas to make keepsakes with.
But today, I find that my ideas are a little better and I am going to show you how to create this dough, and make these sweet little flowers once again. And then show you the adorable clothes pins that you can make with them.
Aren’t they the most precious things! who wouldn’t LOVE a set of these? Add magnets to the back and keep them handy on the fridge.
So what you need.. is one piece of bread, some Tacky Glue and paint.
I created mine in a ziploc type baggie, so I wouldn’t get my hands super messy. You break the bread up into bits and add a tablespoon of glue and a teaspoon of acrylic paint.
Now mush mush mush them together. You can stir them together in a plastic cup as well.
Once you have it nicely mushed. It’s gonna get messy. I suggest some plastic gloves, or remove any rings you are wearing.
Then what you want to do, is to scrape the bits of dough that have come together inside the bag, and start kneading it together. It’s sticky and is like having thick icing on your hands.
BUT after about 10 minutes or so, it starts sticking to itself and comes off your hands as you knead. What you are left with is a ball of dough.
sucker involve your minions in this process and let them get as blessedly messy as they’d like. I know that my kids were begging me to play with the dough once it was made. I kept it in a baggie with the air pushed out of it while I was not using it. This makes a good amount of roses and leaves. I used one piece of bread for every color- this is how much it made.
definitely a make once, use for a while kind of project. I’ll have a lot of flower projects to create to use these up.
So, how to make the flowers. I created a flower board for you to better understand.
Step 1- pull off a pea sized piece of dough. Step 2- flatten dough between fingers. I use my thumb and really get a thin edge on the top. Step 3- roll petal into flower center. Step 4- do step 1 and 2 again, fold petal around center. Step 5- Do step 1 and 2 again, fold around flower. Step 6 – do step 1 and 2, fold around flower.
At this point you have a rose bud. One tip I have is to make sure your petals overlap, so that it’s more natural looking.
Step 7-10 do steps 1 and 2 again, folding around flower, creating petals just a bit larger then first petals. Continue adding petals until you are happy with the size and shape of your flower, making sure to overlap petals as you go. When you are done, use a pair of scissors to ‘cut’ through at the bottom of the flower. this will take away the extra dough ( which you can reuse) and gives you a flat bottom to glue the rose once they are done.
Allow to dry. I placed my finished flowers on a sheet of paper and they were nicely dry within 1.5 days.
Step 11- to create leaves, do Step1 , then shape ball into point at one end, then use thumbs to flatten down into leaf shape.
Now, how to create those darling clothes pins. I used washi tape- ( often found in craft stores there are a number of companies who manufacturer these in multiple colors- my colors are from American Crafts I believe)
Simply add the tape to the clothes pin, trim off any overhang, and burnish the edges with a hard edge- I use a bone folder. Just to make sure the tape really sticks.
Use a hot glue gun to glue a leaf to the end of the clothes pin.
Use the hot glue to add glue to the top of the leaf and stick on your flower.
Wahhh laaaaa. You now have beautiful personalized clothes pins, use them in the kitchen or office.
Each flower is unique and they all come out so pretty!