Spider mums belongs to the chrysanthemum family. They are also known as football mums in the United States. I’ve always been fascinated with this flower. They always look good on flower arrangements. This sugar flower is easy to make. Most of the techniques I’ve used has been used in other sugar flowers. I hope you will enjoy making them as much as I did.


List of Materials

  • Daisy cutters, ball tool, veiner tool, leaf sculpting tool, sharp craft knife, rolling pin, foam pad, scissors,
  • cutting mat, edible glue, florist wires and floral tape.


To start, here are the things needed to make this flower. colored gumpaste, Daisy cutters, ball tool, veiner tool, leaf sculpting tool, sharp craft knife, rolling pin, foam pad, scissors, cutting mat, florist wires, floral tape, and water or edible glue.


This flowers is heavy. Therefore, you need a thick wire to support its weight. Since I don’t have a #20 gauge at hand, I made used of 4 #22 gauge floral wires and wrap it with a green floral tape. Make a loop on one end and set aside. Make a small ball of green gumpaste to make a bud and, inset floral wire. Snip half way thru gumpaste to create the flower’s bud features. Let it dry overnight.


When the bud has dried, cut out 4 daisy petals, choose a size that will cover 3/4 of your bud. Cut each petal into two. Thin down petals if needed by rolling it out with a rolling pin. To create the cupped/curled look of the petals, apply pressure from the tip of the petal down to the base. Repeat to all petals.


Dab a small amount of edible glue and thread it through the wire and attach it on the dried bud. Arrange petals, pinch lightly. Hang it upside down to dry.


Using the next larger size, Cut another 4 daisy flowers. Cut each petal into 2 and this time use the veiner tool. Run it through the petal starting from the tip down to the base. Be careful not to push too hard or your petals will tear. Don’t worry if you lost a petal or two, it will be concealed by the next petal.


For the last set of petals, you need a larger cutter. If you don’t have one :) don’t worry, just use the previous cutter you used and thin it out using your ball tool to stretch out each petal. Again, cut it into 2 and do the same just like the second batch of flowers. Dry flowers either by hanging it on a drying rack or on a flower former. Or you may improvise by using a crumpled foil and lay it on an egg carton.


Here’s an example of an improvised flower former using aluminum foil and an egg carton.


A closer look of the finished Spider Mum. For a fuller look, may add more petals (bigger in size for the last set of petals).



makenice99 Says... 2012-08-21 12:04:26

Wow beautiful job. Thank you so much. Gotta go try it.

jlynnw Says... 2012-08-21 18:06:34

thank you! You make them look so simple and easy but such a grand flower!

Panel7124 Says... 2012-08-22 10:32:50

They are gorgeous! Thanks for the tutorial.

Goreti Says... 2012-08-22 14:32:42

Love these and for once I actually have the cutters. Will be trying them. Tx for sharing

lulu07 Says... 2012-08-22 15:49:34

Love the tutorial, thank you very much

Beheeka Says... 2012-08-23 09:33:27

These are some of my favorite flowers!! Thank you so much for the tutorial. Can't wait to try it.

Apti Says... 2012-08-23 13:39:07

Fabulous tutorial! You hit all the bases on this one. This will go in my Favorites. Thank you!

Oreobo Says... 2012-08-23 16:16:16

Thanks for sharing! :)

Nonni53 Says... 2012-08-24 11:17:14

These look fantastic! Definitely on my to do list.

superstar Says... 2012-08-24 15:24:50

A wonderful tutorial & the 'mums' are gorgeous. Thank you!

sugarrush74 Says... 2012-09-08 18:47:39


sweetcheeksbakery Says... 2012-09-12 10:13:46

Love this! I used spider mums in my wedding and today is my anniversary!! Wanted to make a small cake for my husband and I for the weekend, so this is perfect:) Thanks so much!

prairiegirl156 Says... 2012-09-19 05:36:12

Great instructions! Thank you so much!

jamiet Says... 2012-09-19 21:43:55

This is great! You did such a wonderful job and made the steps seem so simple!! Can't wait to try these! Thanks!

donnadol Says... 2012-09-26 00:29:39

I thought this was not approved because I couldn't view any in the search bar before. But now when I checked :D Wow, thank you all so much for liking what I did! I'm glad I am of help. Please let me know how you did and please share your photos of the flower/s. :) Enjoy and have a great day! Donna

pursuing_perfection Says... 2012-09-27 07:59:45

Thanks for the tutorial Donna. I know it takes extra effort to put one of these together:) I wish I had time tro try some of these this weekend!

Phyl_Marie Says... 2012-09-27 22:28:32

beautiful flowers. love your technique/tutorial.

popcornbutter Says... 2012-10-03 20:48:14

im going to have to try these

November19 Says... 2012-10-04 17:30:19

thank you for this im going the try to make them

Jamielc Says... 2012-10-14 11:09:09

Fabulous tutorial! I'm always looking for new flower tutorials to add to my sugar flower repertoire! Can't wait to try them out! Thanks for sharing!

luddroth Says... 2012-10-16 13:08:25

Thanks for a really lovely tutorial -- beautifully photographed and excellent explanation. I used your method to make a similar flower -- helianthus -- for a cake requiring a topper of all native wildflowers. I didn't know how to begin until I found your tutorial. Thanks a million.

donnadol Says... 2012-10-20 00:24:14

You're welcome luddroth :).

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