Friday, June 5, 2015

Graduation Cap Cookies - tassel tutorial

Here is a different way to do the tassels on grad cap cookies.  The part that attaches the tassel to the cap is usually a twisted cord like this.

I used a Wilton number 1 tip - one that was made in China which seems to be a bit bigger than the same number tip made in Korea.  Am I the only one that notices this??  One day I will buy enough PME tips!

First I pipe a straight line and start the tassel part.

After that dries for a few minutes, I pipe little curved lines over the straight line, leaving space to do other lines in between.  I also add some more lines to the tassel. 

Next I add another set of curved lines to fill the spaces, and the final tassel strings.

The last step is to add the part that goes around the tassel to keep it together, and a circle to look like the button where the tassel cord attaches to the cap.

Let me know if you try this!  Congrats to Megan and all the new grads out there!!

Thanks so much to BZ Bees Sweet Treats for the inspiration for this graduation set!  Check out their amazing cookies!!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Cookie Cutter Easter Wreath

This is such a fun project for anyone that loves baking cookies!!!!  This is my new wreath on my bakery door!  I hope to share some bakery pictures in the next week or so!

I used an extra set of plastic cutters that I found at Walmart for $1.47 for 6.  The pink and green cutters are all from this set, though this little green chick below didn't make the cut!  The yellow cutters are duplicates that I had from Wilton sets.  I believe they come in the large 101 set.  I wanted to use plastic cutters so that rust wasn't an issue.  I would guess you could use metal if you coated them in paint that would protect them.

Supplies for this project are:

-Grapevine wreath
-Green floral wire
-Wired ribbon - I used 2 rolls that were 3 yards each and had just a little leftover
-cookie cutters
- scissor (if you don't want to cut the wire with the scissors you will also need something to cut the wire!)
- silk flowers (optional)

I had my glue gun all heated up but didn't end up using it!!

I started by arranging the cookie cutters.

At first I thought I would wrap the wreath with the ribbon.  3 yards was enough for that if you prefer to do that - instead of tying a knot on each cutter.

Since I was loving the wrapped ribbon, I came up with the idea to tie a knot on each cookie cutter.  The ribbon also hid the wire I used to secure the cutter to the wreath.  Tie a knot around each cutter - try to plan where the knots should go based on where the cutter will be on the wreath.  I didn't want all of the knots facing in or in the same spots - I tried to vary that.  Then cut a piece of wire long enough to wrap around the wreath - and attach the cutter to the wreath, hiding the wire with the ribbon.  I put the wire through the ribbon knot to help hide it - but make sure it is going over the cutter too - not just through the ribbon.  Trim the ribbon ends and arrange.

I tucked some white silk flowers into the wreath as well but I don't think they are very noticeable.

Let me know if you try this!!  I would love to see pictures!!

Some recent cookies!!

Here an Enderman and a pig join Steve!  I did a Creeper and Steve when I did Minecraft cookies before!  Happy Birthday to Greyson!!

Here are some St. Patrick's Day cookies including some running cookies for the Shamrock Marathon in Virginia Beach this past weekend!!  Congrats to Dave and Alma!!!