These DIY Sugarcraft Flowers have been imagined, designed and handcrafted by sugarcraft specialist, Cassie Brown. Here is her step-by-step project that teaches you how to create flower paste lilies, celosia, sea holly and leaves, then tape all the elements into a bouquet.
You have a few options for flowers. One is to simply go to the forest and they will deliver on the day, or you can make the flowers from cold porcelain or sugar (sugar will be very fragile). I made these to show you how to create them in advance. Then it’ll be another job off the list!
You Will Need:
- Non-Stick Board
- Small Rolling Pin
- 20#, 24#, 26# and 28# White Wire
- Wire Cutters
- Flower Paste
- Ball Tool
- Sea Holly Cutter Set
- Leaf Cutter
- Cocktail Stick
- Small Scissors
- Corn Husk Veiner
- Sea Holly Veiner
- Large Lily Cutter
- Amaryllis Cutter
- Orange, Light Green, Leaf Green and Blue Edible Food Dusts
- Forest Tape
Making the Lily:
2. Take a ball of paste about the size of a small sprout, push it up the wire and attach to the bottom of the sausage using a little water to glue. Leave to dry.
3. Brush some water onto the sausage shape and roll this into some semolina. Leave to dry; this will look like pollen and create the sepal of the flower.
5. Brush a small amount of water onto the bottom of the petal shape and then place the ball of the sepal onto this and gently wrap the petal around the ball to create the flower.
6. Squeeze the bottom of the petal together to create a tapered look at the bottom of the flower. You may need to move the top of the petal with your fingers so it looks more natural. Then, leave to dry standing up if you can so it will retain its shape better.
8. You will need 5 of these lilies.
Making the Cockscomb (Celosia):
1. Cut a 20# white wire in half, then bend a hook onto the end of each wire. Take a piece of flower paste and make a large, flat triangle with the paste. Push the hooked end of the wire into one of the points of the triangle and press firmly to secure it onto the wire.
2. There should be a flat end the other side of the wire; press this side between your fingers so it becomes flatter and longer than the other sides of the triangle. Then, grab a cocktail stick and roll it across the larger end of the flower paste to make a frill.
3. Using your fingers, exaggerate the frill and then push the frill together to make it very curved. Then, make the triangle neater. You may need to remove some of the paste near the wire to improve the triangular shape. Using small scissors, put the potted end facing the large surface area of the triangle and snip away lots to create the textured effect.
Making the Sea Holly:
1. To make the centres, bend a hook into a 24# wire and then hold it over the flame of a candle to heat. Push it directly into a small ball of flower paste about the size of a pea.
2. Make the pea shape slightly pointed then, using the small scissors, lay a blade of the scissors against the paste and cut long slithers to create the thistle-like texture. They can be dusted or airbrushed green and then covered with a light coating of blue. You will need 9 of these in on their own in slightly different sizes and 5 for the centre of the sea holly thistles.
3. To make the bracts of the thistles, roll out a thin piece of flower paste with a small ridge running through the centre. Use the medium-sized sea holly cutter to cut out the bract so the ridge goes up through. Push a 28# wire up through the ridge, just over halfway.
5. Bend the bract a little and wire into the thistle. You will need 5 bracts and one centre for this. Hold the 5 bracts around the centre of the flower and about 1 inch down the wire, then start to tape up only for about another inch. Leave the tape attached and start to pull down the wires one by one, until they’re all flush with the green tape. Tape the rest of the wire up.
Making the Ruscus Leaves:
2. Push a 26# wire through the leaf about halfway, then place it into the corn hush veiner. Press down firmly to create the veins, remove from the veiner, then gently soften the edges using a ball tool. You will need to make about 5 leaves for each sprig. I made 7 sprigs.
3. I would normally glaze these leaves, but this time I dusted a little pearl dust on them to give them a little shimmer – but this is optional.
4. To tape them up, use 1/2 width forest tape and tape the first one about 1.5cm down the wire. Add the second leaf leaning to one side and tape about 1cm further down the stem. Add a third leaf leaning to the other side. Keep repeating this until you have 5 leaves on a sprig.
Taping the Flowers Up:
I simply took a stem of ruscus leaves and added a lily and a sea holly. I also added the centre of a sea holly and taped them all together using forest tape. Add the ribbon and also tape that into place. For the finishing touch, I stuck on a sugar sea shell using royal icing.
For larger bouquets, start by taping the ruscus to the back of a lily and then add the celosia and sea holly. Keep taping down and follow a pattern where the flowers look nice. Keep adding the flowers until they’re all in the bouquet and then add a bow at the bottom. Tape up the stem so it’s nice and neat. It’s pretty easy, isn’t it? – Cassie Brown