Instructions for Bread Dough Roses

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Instructions for Bread Dough Roses
Use stale bread to make bread dough crafts. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Bread dough is a form of edible modelling dough that can be used to make craft projects, including flowers and architectural landscapes. This kind of bread dough is made by mixing stale bread with craft glue rather than kneading flour and water. Making roses from bread dough uses a technique similar to that for making flowers from modelling dough. Make sure to use a dry work surface so that the roses do not stick and spoil. Making bread dough is a great way to use slices of stale bread since it is converted to dough and painted with varnish to prevent mould formation.


Bread dough roses are used for making inedible decorations used in jewellery, table centrepieces and more. Bread dough is used just like modelling clay and is a smooth and pliable dough that can be divided and shaped into flowers, toys or even Christmas decorations. Bread dough jewellery is made by combining bread dough roses with silver or metal chains that can be worn with clasps around the neck or as bracelets. Bread dough roses can be painted with varnish, puffy paint or food colouring.


Bread dough is made by two kinds of doughs. One is a salt dough made with flour, salt and water. The high content of salt in this dough gives it a tough texture and prevents mould and fungus formation. The other type of bread dough uses stale bread slices along with craft glue to make a smooth-textured dough. Both kinds of bread dough are inedible and used for decorative purposes only. You can mix food colouring or craft paint with the dough to make coloured decorations or paint the decorative pieces superficially.


This type of bread dough is made by kneading together eight bread slices and eight tbsp of craft glue. Add a drop of red paint and knead the dough again, making sure the colour is distributed evenly. Pinch off a small piece of dough, and roll it to form a conical cylinder shape to make the centre of the rose. Pinch off another peanut-sized piece of bread dough and roll and flatten it to form a rose petal. Press the top edges of the petal backwards to form the curl of the petal. Wrap the petal around the centre of the dough, pinching the bottom edges to seal them completely. Make nine more petals in the same manner, arranging them around the centre of the rose in opposite directions to give them depth. Make sure to overlap the edges while placing the petals together to give them an unfurled look. Allow the flowers to dry overnight.


It is best to let the flowers dry for at least 24 hours before using them to make decorative items. Use water to seal the edges of the petals when placing them together around the centre of the rose. When sticking the bread dough roses to vases or pots, slice off the bottom and use glue to stick the flower. This gives them a flat base that is easy to adhere to. Remove the crust from bread slices to make the bread dough smooth-textured. If the bread dough mixture is sticky, add more bread to balance it out. Add more glue if the mixture is dry and stiff. You can store bread dough in a sealed bag in the refrigerator for at least four months.

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