How to make a gum paste peony (part 1)

Gum paste peony tutorial

I know that a lot of you have asked if I could make a tutorial on how to make my gum paste peony flowers, so here’s a little treat for you.

This is what I use:
Gum paste (white or colored pink in your chosen color. You would also need a little green gum paste if you decide to make peony buds)
Rolling pin
Peony petal cutters:
Colette Peters
Jennifer Dontz
Sunflower Sugar Art
Special petal veiner:
Peony flower veiner
Round Styrofoam balls 1 1/2″ or smaller for peony buds
#20 gauge wire
#24/26 gauge wire
Green floral tape
Craft glue
Chocolate egg mold
Apple foam trays (you can get those at your local grocery store)
Powdered food colors (Matching the color of the gum paste. Remember green color for buds)
Cornstarch
Brushes (for coloring the peony and for the tylo glue)
Ball tool
Foam pad
Small pieces of foam/paper
Square piece of thin flexible foam about 6″x6″
Large piece of styrofoam/cake dummy
Tall drinking glass
Plastic bag/zipper bag (stops the petals from drying, while you work)
Cel board
5 petal flower cutter (1″ or a little bigger)

Peony cutters:
I have used a set of peony cutters from Colette Peters, for this tutorial. There are a great selection of different peony cutters on the market. So use the ones you like the best. You can however, depending on how big you want your peony flower to be, mix the peony petal cutters and by that way, get an even more personal peony flower.
Gum paste peony cutters

Step 1:
Cut three pieces of #20 gauge wire. It should be long enough so that you can bend the end, when you need to hang the peony, up side down while drying. You can always trim the length when you are finished with the flower. Wrap some green floral tape tight around the wires. Starting about 1/2″ down. Next dip the end of the wires, in some craft glue and insert the wire into the 1 1/2″ styrofoam ball. Make sure, that you don’t push it all the way through the styro ball. You should be stopping where the floral tape starts.
Note: As you may have noticed. I do not have any floral tape on my wire. Somehow I was not able to find my floral tape, so that’s why I have used a piece of gauge wire instead. I will replace the photo when I have found the lost floral wire.
Styrofoam ball center for gum paste peony

Step 2:
Knead the gum paste pliable and roll it out to about 1-2mm thickness. Take the smallest peony cutter (1) and cut out 8 petals. Place them in the plastic bag as you cut them.
Gum paste peony petals
Gum paste peony petals

Step 3:
Take the “peony flower veiner”. Lightly dust with a little cornstarch and place a petal at the bottom of the veiner. Remember to place the “front” of the petal down towards the veiner. Now rub your finger with a little cornstarch and gently push the petal into the veiner. Be careful not to push to hard or you may ruin the petal. Gently lift off the petal and turn it over. Your petal should now look, just like the petal on the photo. Place it back in the plastic bag and continue with the rest of the small petals.
veining peony petal
veining gum paste peony petals

Step 4:
Take your foam pad and the ball tool. Place a petal, backside up and gently start to frill/thin the edge of the petal. Frill only the top half of the petal. Again place them in the plastic bag as you go.
Note: Decide for yourself how frilly you want the petals to be. Just be careful, not to tear the edge of the petal when you use the ball tool
Ball tool on gum paste peony petals

Step 5:
Take the styro ball and 2 petals. Brush a little glue on the back of the petals and place the petals, so that they overlap the top of the ball.
peony petals

Step 6:
Brush tylo glue on the rest of the petals and arrange the remaining 6 petals around the styro ball. Make sure that you do not cover the top of the peony. You should be able to see the first 2 petals. Set aside the styro ball in a large piece of styrofoam and move on to step 7.
Peony petalspeony petals

Step 7:
Take the chocolate egg mold and lightly dust it with a little cornstarch. Then roll out more gum paste and take the next size peony cutter (2) and cut out 8-10 petals. Repeat steps 3 to 4, but instead of placing the petals in the plastic bag. Place the petals in the chocolate egg mold, backside up. Let them slightly dry for 20-30 minutes.
Shaping peony petals
Tip! If you only have a mold for 8 eggs and need more molds. Then, make your own mold by pressing 5-10 sheets of foil over the egg shells. Voila! a quick and easy home made mold.
Foil mold

Step 8:
When the petals have slightly dried. Brush a little glue on the back and arrange all the petals so they overlap around the styro ball. Take the peony and gently press it into your cupped hand, to shape the petals. They should slightly bend towards the center.
Note: On the photo the petals have not been “cupped” with my hand.
gum paste peony

Step 9:
Hang the peony upside down, on a safe place (away from cats and kids) and let it dry overnight.
peony

Step 10:
This is how it looks when it have dried overnight.
Peony flower bud

Go to How to make a gum paste peony (Part 2).

You can also visit my tutorial section if you want to learn how to make other gum paste flowers and decorations.

Happy Caking!

Louise

Louise
Louise is the founder and editor of CakeJournal. She's a passionate, self taught, cake artist who has been doing cake decorating since 2002.
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Comments

  1. Shona says

    Oh my!! Thank you thank you thank you! Like everyone else, I’ve been praying you would do a tutorial. Your peony is to die for. You are one talented lady!!

  2. Regina Kolaja says

    Thank you so much. Already finished step 1 and can’t wait for step 2. Finally, a beautiful peony, Gina

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