Flower Forming Cups - Alternative? Other Ideas?

Decorating By SweetTater Updated 2 Apr 2013 , 6:37pm by mummybear46

SweetTater Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 10:00pm
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I need to make several large Gerber Daisies but only have 3 of the large wilton flower forming cups. I was wondering if anyone had other ideas of what to use to dry them in without having to go out and buy more cups! Egg cartons are too deep and won't give the shape I need. Any suggestions? It needs to be some kind of a raised ring, but not sure what to use. Thanks!

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Dayti Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 10:04pm
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A coffee mug with plastic wrap over the top - pull it more or less tight to make the depth you need. Or a saucer, depending on how big or deep you have around.

threeforhim Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 10:21pm
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Cut a paper towel tube in 1/2 lengthwise or a wrapping pape tube/aluminum foil/plastic wrap tube. You can also cut them the other way to the depth you need. You might try turning an egg carton upside down. You could put your daisies in between the egg part with it sitting upside down. It might not be as deep.

macie2011 Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 10:25pm
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an egg carton

TexasSugar Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 10:34pm
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Take some foil and lay it over the form. Press and shape it then remove and light fold the edges over for some added support. That is what I did for the flowers on my red and white cake, (before they had the wilton round formers.) I had some bowls in different sizes that I used to make my 'formers' from.

Also if you want to plan ahead and do them in stages, after an hour or so you should be able to remove them from the formers and let them dry on a cookie sheet and still hold their shape.

Last year when I did the yellow cake, I did go out and buy several sets of the round flower formers and am glad I did because they do make things a lot easier.

Serena4016 Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 10:35pm
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I know this won't help you for this time but I save jar lids of all sizes to use as flower formers. I also went to the dollar store and bought some very small glass bowls to use for larger flowers.

patjobes Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 10:50pm
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just get the empty polystyrene apple trays from your supermarket not to deep and not too shallow, try looking for what fruit comes in ie pears tomatoes anything in a tray and a better bet would be gardening centres they have loads of empty polystyrene trays of all shapes and sises

soledad Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 10:53pm
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I read this someplace... put foil over a cupcake pan and press it down to the depth that you need, you will have 12 flower formers. You can leave the foil in the pan or take off and put it on the counter.You can make as many as you need. HTH
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Texas_Rose Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 11:11pm
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I use foil too...you can use foil over a drinking glass if you need to be able to accomodate a wire stem.

CarolinaCakeMom Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 11:17pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by soledad

I read this someplace... put foil over a cupcake pan and press it down to the depth that you need, you will have 12 flower formers. You can leave the foil in the pan or take off and put it on the counter.You can make as many as you need. HTH
icon_smile.gif CIAO




I just made daisies for a cake in my gallery using the foil and cupcake pan method. I covered the entire tray (actually 2) with a large sheet of foil and slowly worked the foil into the cups. It was pretty much just like the formers. I used thin gumpaste so there were no foil wrinkles. I did not remove them until they dried. Worked great. Good luck.

SweetTater Posted 14 Jun 2011 , 11:18pm
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These are all such great ideas! That is why I love this site so much!!! icon_biggrin.gif Thanks, ladies!! (and/or men) hee hee

Rusti Posted 15 Jun 2011 , 1:12am
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you can also use the large bubble wrap and place your flowers or petal in between the bubbles.

tokazodo Posted 15 Jun 2011 , 1:41am
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Used egg cartons which have been washed thoroughly and dried.

I am sharing a space with an ice cream parlor. The large waffle cones come in a box with a rippled foam for protection during shipping. I am using the foam to rest the flowers on to get shape to them and to help them dry.
I'm sure other icecream shops simply throw away these foam pieces.

mummybear46 Posted 2 Apr 2013 , 6:37pm
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I bought some artist palettes. They are circular little plates, with 10 little scooped holes perfect for flower forming. They are quite cheap to buy and don't take up much room. These are a lot cheaper than forming cups. 

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