I need to make 200 gerber daisies.
Any idea how to make the wilton round white flower formers?
You can go to a produce store/department and ask the manager if you can have the paper/plastic trays that separate layers of oranges or apples in a crate. Punch holes in the center of each well to accommodate the stem, if needed. The plastic ones are better, as they do not absorb moisture. They can be used from either side, depending on the shape desired.
you can use the center of a paper towel role, or a pringles can, depending on the curve you want. The paper towel center is a little better at being manimulated since it's not quite as strong as a pringles can.
One time I just doubled up some foil and then pressed it into the Wilton former in rows....and then used the shaped foil to dry the daisies.
For smaller flowers maybe egg cartons? I've used them for regular daisies.
I love the foil idea....thanks. I will have to use that one.
I've also used a deviled egg plate, child's plastic art palette, strips of paper toweling twisted tightly and tied in a half hitch to form a ring shape, and even a thick layer of cornstarch in a rectangular cake pan. (You nest the soft flower into the shape you want and it is supported by the cornstarch until dry.) I have used the plastic produce separators and with a hole punched in the bottom as described by Playingwithsugar and find it to be my all time favorite. I went to several stores for different produce vendors have differing shapes and styles, useful sometimes for the minor variations.
Good luck on making 200! I fear I might go nuts.
I use those plastic solo cups,use foil on top, let it swag a little. punch hole in top for the wires. Makes great formers for large flowers.
if you buy the 2 1/2 dozen eggs (at walmart or kroger) they come in a tray that has indentions that will hold lotsa flowers till they dry. if you're lucky enough to find a plastic tray, you can wash it since eggs were stored on it since i know there are always salmonela warnings. (in case some of the eggs may have cracked & leaked onto the tray)
I am loving all these ideas. I think I have tried all of them except for the one where you used foil and the Wilton molds to make more molds. I'll definitely be using that idea.
One I would like to add is crinkle up foil and then pull it apart so that it has hills and valleys and lay the flowers on that. It gives them an out in nature look as they all dry in different ways.
Not my idea BTW, I saw this somewhere on the internet.
I've used small ice cube trays
I've used apple card board packing material. Works great and if you ask they will just give it you
I will try to do the apple card board... if not then the wilton cups and foil
200 it alot! I will go mad!!
Funny, I just asked for some apple trays yesterday. LOVE THEM! Mine came with 42 spots. I made some daisies last night. Mine are small, so I was able to put 2 on each side of the curve.
I do like the egg cartons, have those as well. They are good for smaller flowers though. I do my hydrangea in them.
For roses, I like to use plastic spoons. I've seen Ron Ben Israel use larger plastic spoons for his gorgeous roses.
I made my own flower former for this cake....
I took a coffe mug and placed alum. foil around the top. Dipped it inward to make that concave shape.
Dust it with cornstarch and punch a hole in it, there you go!!