How to Make Gelatin Art

Written by brenda priddy | 13/05/2017

Gelatin art is the process of making shapes, 3D or flat, from gelatin. Mixed in the correct proportions, the gelatin forms a flexible sheet that can be bent or cut into any desired shape. Making gelatin art is not difficult, but it does take several hours to prepare. Make sure to allot enough time to the process before starting. Experiment with different colours, patterns, textures and thicknesses to perfect the art.

Mix 1 part powdered gelatin with 2 1/2 parts water and stir with a whisk. Place the mixture in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave on high for 3 minutes.

Allow the gelatin to sit for 10 minutes. Gently peel the scum off the top of the liquid with a spoon or the whisk. Reheat the gelatin until it is runny again.

Add 10 drops of liquid food colouring to dye the gelatin.

Brush some of the gelatin mixture onto a texture sheet using a pastry brush. Allow the gelatin to dry for 5 hours. The gelatin will release on its own when ready to shape.

Cut the gelatin strips into the desired shapes. You can cut out stars, leaves, flowers, butterflies, geometric shapes, stripes and anything else you can think of.

Cut 14 strips, 1 inch wide from a sheet of gelatin. Fold each strip in half to make a loop. Glue the strips together with a dot of liquid gelatin. Allow to dry for 1 hour.

Place a dime-sized circle of liquid gelatin on waxed paper. Place 6 loops in a circle with the loops facing outward and the pinched ends touching the liquid. Allow to set for 1 hour.

Place another dime-sized drop of liquid gelatin into the middle of the bottom loops. Stack 5 or 6 more loops on top of the bottom loops, touching the pinched ends against the liquid gelatin. Allow to set for another hour. Glue 1 final loop standing up in the middle of the top row of loops with a small dot of liquid gelatin.

Things you need

  • Boxed unflavored gelatin
  • Whisk
  • Microwaveable bowl
  • Liquid food colouring
  • Texture sheets
  • Pastry brush
  • Scissors
  • Waxed paper

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