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About a year ago, I did a tutorial for a wonderful and edible modeling chocolate basket.

You can fill it whatever you like. I filled it with beautiful gum paste mums.

Over time, I have gotten a few requests for a tutorial on those flowers.

Well, I am sharing my tutorial today… Enjoy! 🙂

To make these flowers, you will need the following supplies:

Yellow gum paste
Toothpicks
Big and small daisy cutters
Paintbrush
Water
Veining stick tool
Foam pad
Styrofoam block

And these are the instructions:

Step 1:
Make a small ball of yellow gum paste.
Dip one end of the toothpick in some water or thinned royal icing and push it into the base of this ball.

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Step 2:
Push this toothpick/ball piece into a styrofoam block.
Let it dry overnight so that the gum paste ball is securely attached to the toothpick.

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Step 3:
The next day, roll out yellow gum paste.
Use a small daisy cutter to cut out 2 small daisy pieces.
Use a big daisy cutter to cut out and 2 big daisy pieces.
Note:
Only 2 pieces are shown in this picture but you should have 4 daisy pieces in total (2 big and 2 small).

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Step 4:
Place a daisy on a foam pad.
Drag the veining tool from the tip of the petal to the center.
Do this for all the petals of the daisy until the whole piece starts to curl a little.
Use this veining tool to curl all 4 gum paste daisy pieces.

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Step 5:
Dip your paintbrush in some water and brush the center of each daisy piece.

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Step 6:
Now, hold the toothpick/ball piece between 2 fingers.
Push the small daisy piece through the toothpick.

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Step 7:
Brush the top of the ball with some water.

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Step 8:
Fold all the petals of the daisy piece around the ball.
You will end up with something that looks like this…

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Step 9:
Now, push the other small daisy piece through the toothpick.
Fold all the petals of this daisy around the previous piece.
You may need to brush some more water to stick this piece securely.

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Step 10:
Do the same thing again for the remaining 2 big daisy pieces…
Push them through the bottom of the toothpick and fold all the petals around the previous piece.
Once you are done, you will end up with something that looks like this…
Make sure to push this mum toothpick into the styrofoam block.

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Use the same steps to make as many mums as you need.

Let these flowers dry overnight or until they become dry and hard.

You can even use some petal dust to color the centers of these mums, if you like.

Once dry, you can store these mums in a plastic container away from sunlight and humidity for months.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial.

Happy caking everyone! 🙂