Make a Gum-Ball Bouquet

ranunculusopen_19.jpg

ranunculusopen_19.jpg

Stylist: Meghan Guthrie

Photo by: Tara Donne

Tara Donne

Stylist: Meghan Guthrie

These sweet fake ranunculus require a crafty hand -- and a lot of fruit leather -- but the result is worth it: To make 10 flowers, you'll need 10 gum balls, 13 squares of fruit leather and 10 plastic flower stems (use stems from old silk flowers, or buy cheap ones and pull off the tops).

A cutout of flower petals alongside white paper and scissors

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D ©Hearst Communications inc., 2010, FNM0610-022610; Sugar Fix; Weekend Bottles; Food Network magazine; Mothers Day Bouquets

Marko Metzinger/Studio D, Hearst Communications inc., 2010, FNM0610-022610; Sugar Fix; Weekend Bottles; Food Network magazine; Mothers Day Bouquets

A cutout of flower petals alongside white paper and scissors

1. Draw and cut out a 2 1/2-inch-wide flower shape, like the one shown, from a piece of paper.




 

Mothers Day Bouquets

Mothers Day Bouquets

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D ©Hearst Communications inc., 2010

Marko Metzinger/Studio D, Hearst Communications inc., 2010

2. Using the cutout as a pattern, cut four flower shapes from each piece of fruit leather with kitchen scissors or a paring knife.





Mothers Day Bouquets

Mothers Day Bouquets

Photo by: Marko Metzinger/Studio D ©Hearst Communications inc., 2010

Marko Metzinger/Studio D, Hearst Communications inc., 2010

3. Center a gum ball on a fruit-leather flower and fold up the petals. Add four more fruit-leather pieces, staggering them and shaping the petals to form a flower. Use a fork to poke a hole in the base of the flower, and insert the stem.

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