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felt fabric flowers, but fondant

Say that five times fast.

Back in August, I was invited to a wedding up in Connecticut. (You may remember, I made wine and grapes cookies.) Given the bride’s British father, they suggested that the ladies (and gentlemen) don hats. The crazier the better. Now, I’d have loved something classy like this. I’m pretty sure I couldn’t pull of something like this, nor would I have necessarily wanted to. Only problem is my hesitation (read: refusal) to spend an exorbitant amount of money on a hat I’d most assuredly wear only once. So I instead opted to buy a $20 white hat with a wide brim from World Market and attach my own, felt flowers. A google search led me to:

I followed the tutorial almost exactly, but using fabric glue in lieu of a hot glue gun. Worked like a charm. Then I sewed a bunch of flowers and leaves to the brim of the hat with a few stitches. This is the hat:

I wondered if I could apply the same technique to fondant.

 

how to make fondant fabric flowers
You could use these flowers on top of cupcakes, cakes, petits fours or cookies. I cut out 2 1/2 inch circle cookies, then topped the cookies by flooding with my buttercream frosting, piped on with a round 12 tip. For tips on finding supplies, click HERE.
you will need:*
fondant (store-bought or homemade)
food coloring
rolling pin
confectioner’s sugar
pizza cutter
knife
ruler
light corn syrup
leaf fondant or cookie cutter
wax paper
*Find fondant and the leaf cutter in the craft store. For food coloring, I suggest Americolor Soft Gel Pastes (fall colors, Red Red, Orange, Egg Yellow and Electric Green used here).




step one: make your fondant
Divide fondant and tint preferred colors. To tint, add a few drops of coloring to a handful of fondant and knead very well. Add more drops as needed until desired color is achieved. TIP: If the fondant gets at all sticky or difficult from overhandling, let sit at room temperature uncovered about 15 minutes or until easily pliable.

 

step two: make your flowers
Roll out fondant about 1/8 inch thick on a surface dusted with confectioner’s sugar. Use the pizza cutter to cut a strip of fondant about 6 inches long and 1 inch wide. Use a knife or the pizza cutter to cut slits along the long edge about 1/4 inch apart and about 3/4 inch into the strip. Dab light corn syrup or water along the band that was left in tact. Start at one short end and roll the fondant strip. Smush the end a bit to secure, and use a dab of light corn syrup or water if needed. Poof out the strips a bit and rest the flower on a piece of wax paper to stiffen, at least a couple hours, or overnight.
step three: make your leaves
Roll out green fondant about 1/8 inch thick. Cut out leaves and rest on wax paper until stiffened. To make bends and curves in the leaves, rest the leaves against a plate or over a straw or any other small object while they stiffen.

 

step four: arrange your flowers

Arrange your leaves and flowers on cookies or cupcakes, using dabs of royal icing, light corn syrup or frosting as needed to adhere. I just piped on some buttercream frosting and stuck the flowers and leaves on right away.

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14 Comments

  1. The Vanilla Bean Baker
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 1:31 am | Permalink

    Love how you dressed up that white hat and those cookies! You are so creative. Really…who else would look at a felt flower and say *I think I'll make cookies and create felt flower fondant?!*

  2. LilaLoa
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 1:35 am | Permalink

    These are so cute and bright and happy and I LOVE THEM! And your hat. I love that. I agree with Paula. You are SO creative!

  3. CraftCrave
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 1:46 am | Permalink

    Just a quick note to let you know that a link to this post will be placed on CraftCrave in the Cooking category today [08 Sep 01:00am GMT]. Thanks, Maria

  4. Sue
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 1:52 am | Permalink

    You're always thinking Meaghan…and coming up with great ideas! The flowers on the cookies really do look like felt:) Love the hat too!

  5. Trish - Sweetology101
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 2:09 am | Permalink

    The hat flowers rock..I would love to do that to all my baseball hats just so people would stare at me and think I am cool. I love the idea of fondant flowers on the cookies. It is a different look and whimsical, NICE JOB

  6. Sweet Tooth Desserts
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 2:21 am | Permalink

    These are so cute, I love the design!!

  7. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 2:24 am | Permalink

    This is AWESOME! I love using techniques from one medium and applying it to another!

  8. orangepflege
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 6:00 am | Permalink

    WoW! that was so cute.. love the bright colors.=D

  9. mangelinain
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 7:29 am | Permalink

    Nice cookies with decorated flowers

  10. notyet100
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 9:28 am | Permalink

    Super cute :)

  11. littleredcraftingcorner
    Posted September 8, 2011 at 3:33 pm | Permalink

    oooooooh wow!! How cool are those cookies :-D And the hat turned out well too! Im from Britain and when i have a wedding to go to I get myself a fancy facinator ;-)

  12. Possible Baker
    Posted September 14, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Permalink

    I love love these cookies!! They really look like felt flowers! Great idea:)

  13. Linda V @ Bubble and Sweet
    Posted September 15, 2011 at 4:57 am | Permalink

    This is awesome, I love applying crafty ideas to cookies.

  14. canvas picture
    Posted October 26, 2011 at 2:40 pm | Permalink

    I'm going to stick my fondant onto my hat.

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