How to make a bird out of fondant

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How to make a bird out of fondant
Use a picture of your favourite bird as a reference to create a fondant sculpture. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

You can create any bird your imagination can come up with by modelling them out of fondant. Fondant, a flexible dough made out of sugar, water and egg whites, which is also known as sugarpaste, can be rolled thin to make a covering for cakes, cupcakes and other confections. Much like modelling clay, it sculpts easily to form flowers, birds, animals or other decorative shapes to decorate confections. Create a bluebird out of fondant for a whimsical addition to your next confection.

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Things you need

  • Confectioner's sugar
  • Blue food colouring gel
  • Toothpick
  • Yellow food colouring gel
  • Rolling pin
  • Craft knife
  • Small brush
  • Black icing gel
  • Red food colouring (optional)

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  1. 1

    Dust a work surface with confectioner's sugar. Place a portion of fondant the size of three golf balls on the work surface.

  2. 2

    Knead the fondant into a ball using the palms of your hands. Poke a hole in the top of the fondant with your finger.

  3. 3

    Open a container of blue food colouring gel. Dip half a toothpick into the food colouring and put it in the hole of the fondant ball.

  4. 4

    Knead the fondant again until the colour has been incorporated throughout the dough.

  5. 5

    Roll a small ball the size of an eraser tip with your hands. Dip a toothpick into a container of yellow food colouring. Knead the colour into the fondant. Use your fingers to shape the ball into a small cone to create the beak of the bird.

  6. 6

    Roll a piece of white fondant the size of a penny 0.3 cm (1/8 inch) thin with a rolling pin. Cut out an oval shape with a craft knife.

  7. 7

    Divide the blue fondant in half, and then separate one half into three smaller portions. Form one of the small portions into a ball, and the other two into small teardrop shapes. Flatten the tear drop shapes against the work surface to form the wings. Mold the other portion into teardrop shape for the body.

  8. 8

    Brush the back of the beak shape with a small brush dipped in water. Press the beak into the head shape. Wet the bottom of the head, and press it into the widest part of the body of the bird.

  9. 9

    Coat the back of each wing with water and press them on either side of the bird's body.

  10. 10

    Flip the white oval shape over and brush the back with water. Press the oval below the head to form the breast of the bluebird.

  11. 11

    Use a small knife to score notches on the tips of the wings, the tail and around the white breast.

  12. 12

    Pipe two dots of black icing gel over the beak to create the birds eyes. Allow the bird to dry overnight or for six to eight hours.

Tips and warnings

  • Use yellow food colouring gel to create a canary or red food colouring to create a cardinal. Omit the white oval when creating cardinals.
  • Knead in 5 ml (1 tsp) of confectioner's sugar into the fondant if it seems too soft.
  • Add 5 ml (1 tsp) of water into your dough if it seems too soft. Knead thoroughly before using.
  • Avoid using liquid food colouring as it can make the dough too soft to handle.

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