Bread to be Flowers

I've been experimenting with homemade clays recently. This is one of my favorites. It is porcelain smooth, kind of like Fimo dough but without the baking and toxicity. Miniaturists and model railroad buffs have been using this clay for years.

six pieces of white bread (cut off crusts)
3 Tablespoons of white glue
a few drops of dishwashing liquid
food coloring
pin back (optional)
frame (optional)

wooden skewer
table knife
cookie rack
hot glue gun
nail polish (optional)

Put bread in a food processor and mix until crumbs. Add glue and dishwashing liquid. If the dough is dry, add more glue. Place dishwashing liquid on your hands and knead until dough is smooth and non sticky.

Divide the dough into fourths and add a drop of food coloring to each section. Knead until the color is completely integrated. Add more color if greater intensity is desired, however the color gets darker when it dries. The dough can be placed in the refrigerator in baggies at this time or you can begin to create your flowers right away.

For the Poppy: flatten a small ball of blue and make indentations all around the circle with the back of a table knife. place a tiny ball of yellow in the middle. Roll and flatten 4 pea-sized red balls. Pinch to obtain irregular shaped petals. Make parallel indentations on each petal with the table knife. Combine the 4 petals together in the middle. Place the blue circle in the center.
For the Calla Lilly: mix yellow and red doughs to form orange. Pinch a large pea-sized ball of orange into a long oval shape - wider at one end. Roll a small ball into a snake shape and place it in the middle of the orange oval, lengthwise. Roll the narrow end around the yellow snake, flairing out the wider end.
For the long chartreuse leaves: mix yellow and green doughs. Roll a pea-sized ball into a cone shape and pinch to achieve the long leaf shape. Place the back of the knife in the middle and fold the leaf in half then allow it to fall open.
For the rose: flatten and pinch 6 or more pea-sized balls until they are the thickness of paper. Roll one up to form the center. Wrap the other petals around the center, flairing the outer petal to form the rose. Just use the center and 2 or 3 petals to form a bud. Use the green dough to form the calyx.
For the Hydrangea blossoms: Roll 4 tiny blue balls and one tiny yellow ball. Flatten the blue balls and press together in the middle. Cover with the yellow ball. These flowers are invaluable for fillers. Make lots.
For leaves: pinch off a peas-sized green ball and roll into a cone shape. Flatten then use the back of the table knife to form veins.

Place your flowers on a cookie rack. I placed some of the leaves over the handle of a wooden spoon to give them some dimension. Allow to dry for about 24 hours.
There are so many things you can do with these flowers; fill a tiny terra cotta pot, cover a headband, or cover a napkin ring to name just a few. I decided to make a brooch by taking a plastic circle that I punched out of a milk jug and hot glueing the flowers to it.
Gorgeous! Glue on a pin back and you are good to go.
I painted my brooch with pearlized nail polish. It's and interesting look but I think I might prefer my flowers plain.
Finally I glued a bunch of flowers to a crackle - finished frame. I'm thrilled with the result. (You can probably see that I mixed more colors and made different flowers like morning glories and sweet peas. Check out the pea pod too.)


Maureen said...

How cool!

Kelley Highway said...

What a fun idea! Amazing!

Krystal said...

Wow they are so pretty! I wouldn't have even thought bread could be used to make clay.

Ali said...

This is such a fantastic idea! I've been playing with FIMO and push molds recently but I never even thought of making my own clay - and never knew you could make it from bread!

Thanks for a fab tutorial. D'you mind if I pin this for future reference?


Feral Turtle said...

This brings back memories! We made beautiful little angels for our Christmas tree many years ago using bread dough. We used to have craft days with a friend of my Moms, and she introduced this to me and two of my sisters! I think they still might be around in my Mom and Dads Christmas decorations! Your flowers are amazing! Good job!

SayNotSweetAnne said...

Wait a sec. You just made clay... out of BREAD!? I cannot express how SUPER COOL that is!!! And you cannot tell at all by the final product just how easy that is, not to mention with fewer chemicals! If you have a minute, I'd love for you to link up to Sweet Sharing Monday -

Gaina said...

Wow! I would never have thought of that... :)

vaishali sabnani said...

beautiful!..I too did some bread flowers years back, but this one is a much better and a simpler recipe...wonderful, love the arrangement..well even I prefer the plain flowers to the painted ones:))

Art Mama said...

Very cool. I had not seen clay made from bread before. Thank you for sharing your experimental finish too. It is good to see different options - and that not eveything turns out the way we want it to.

Tammy said...

Wow! These are gorgeous!! Thanks for sharing :)

Aimee said...

I've always been fascinated by bread dough roses. Your's are gorgeous. My mother made them in the '70s using the same recipe & the same glue. She made little shadow box bouquets. I think my aunt still has one on her wall. :)

Liz said...

Wow, that looks so very beautiful!! And made of bread? Didn't know it's possible! Liz

Mama Jodi said...

Crazy! I've never seen anything like this. This is so much fun and so creative. Jodi @

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Kathie said...

This is so pretty and I never knew you could make clay from bread (although we eat ours too fast to make anything from it)! said...

wow great job from some white bread! love the frame and thanks for sharing on craft schooling Sunday!

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