Ready to try something different for your next sugar crafting project? Here’s a simple guide to help you make a poppy from red flower paste.
Grab Your Supplies
To make a poppy you’ll need the following:
- Red flower paste
- Black flower paste
- Green flower paste
- Brown flower paste (optional)
- A ball end tool
- Foam pad
- Sharp knife
There are a couple of parts to making your poppy where you can choose to take a simpler route or try something a little more tricky if you like. We’ll cover those as we get to them.
Making Your Flower Paste Poppy
Before you begin give your work surface a liberal dusting of icing sugar, this helps stop the flower paste becoming too sticky as you work with it.
- Knead and roll out some red flower paste to a depth of about 2-3mm.
- You now have two options:
- Use a flower cutter and press out two flowers of red icing.
- Use a sharp knife to cut out individual petals for your poppy. Poppies typically have 4 to 6 petals.
- To give your petals a realistic appearance you will need to use a couple of techniques. The first involves your ball end tool. Lay your petals on the foam pad and then use the ball tool to ruffle them. Place the ball half on the ref flower paste and half on the foam pad and then run it along the edge of the petal. As you move it along the edge move the ball back and forth to thin out and ruffle the edges.
- Poppy petals have a distinctive grooved appearance. This can be achieved by using the back of your knife to gently emboss the lines into the red flower paste.
- Now you can assemble the petals into the basic poppy shape. Use some cooled, boiled water and stick the petals together. Place the flower into an empty egg carton or a foam shaper to help keep its shape while you work on the rest of the poppy.
- Now it’s time to make the centre of the poppy. Again you have two options here:
- The simpler way is to roll a small ball of black flower paste and then press it gently onto a sieve. This will give it a stippled look, like the middle of a poppy.
- Alternatively try this. Take a small ball of brown flower paste and stipple using a sieve. Then take some black flower paste and roll it out into a thin strip. Use your knife to cut the strip of flower paste into a fringe, with thin fronds along its length. Then take your brown ball and gently wrap the fringe around it.
- Next fix your centre to your petals. Again a dab of cooled, boiled water should be fine.
- Finally you can make the poppy leaf using green flower paste. Roll out the flower paste and then use a leaf cutter. You can buy specific poppy leaf cutters, as the leaf is an unusual shape. Fix into place then set aside your poppy to firm up.
Once the poppy has set you can then use it as a cake topper by placing it directly onto the cake. If you want a stalk then green florists wire can be used, but be sure to remove it before anyone tries to eat the poppy.
If you’d like to try out one of these toppers then why not try Renshaw’s red flower paste.