Bread Dough Flowers

What you’ll need:
Tacky glue
One slice of bread
Cold cream
Acrylic paint

Got a slice of bread? Sitting around bored? Mix that bread with some glue and cold cream and you’ll be on your way to making a gorgeous rose or other flower. The bread dough flower is fun to make and, when you’re finished with it, you’ll feel like a real artist. From that point on, you’ll give up your morning toast for another piece of jewelry!

Remove the crust from a piece of white bread and save it for croutons. Tear the bread itself into tiny pieces and place it in a bowl. Stir in a tablespoon of tacky glue and a bit of cold cream (just put in a dab and, if needed, add more later). To give the finished bread rose a brighter color, stir in ten drops – or a little more – of white, acrylic paint.

Wear disposable plastic gloves and, first, stir the ingredients until they’re well-mixed. Remove the dough and begin working it with your hands. Knead the dough so that, after awhile, it actually looks like a little dough ball. If the dough is sticking to your hands too much just put a bit of cold cream on your hands before kneading some more.

Place the dough ball into a zipper-lock bag and put it in the fridge. You can leave it there for up to two weeks, or just let it get good and cold, then go ahead and begin making your rose. It’s up to you how large or small you make the rose. Start by breaking off a small amount of the dough and rolling it into a tiny ball. Smash it flat to make a petal shape, then roll the petal from one side to the other. That will form the center of the rose or other flower. Take another ball, flatten it, and wrap it around the center piece. Continue breaking off some dough, smashing and shaping it into a petal, and wrapping it around the flower. Stop when the rose or other flower is as large as you want it to be.

There are many variations you can do with the bread slice craft. Add a different color of paint to make a rose of virtually any color. Or, shape petals to have points at one end and the flower will look completely different. And, if you want to use the flowers in a vase, push a painted skewer through the bottom of each flower and allow the bread to dry around it.

A couple of tips: As you work with the dough, leave it in the bag, and just break off a small piece at a time. Otherwise, it will dry out before you get a chance to work with it. Also, flatten the bottoms of the petals so you’ll have a flat surface for gluing on a piece of felt. That makes it easy to attach a pin backing, a cord, a jump link, or another holder. Allow the bread flower to dry and wear it, use it as home décor, or glue it onto another object. No one will ever suspect the delicate flower was made from bread!

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