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For fruit leather flavor ideas, here are some posts to get the creative juices flowing. Just remember, if you pick one of my leather recipes for your fruit leather flowers, pick one without nuts, seeds or other chunky ingredients. The fruit leather needs to be pure and smooth. If you want to make your own flavor of fruit leather but need a little help on how to go about it, you can visit here for instructions. Now on to the fun part.
I hope these pictures are actually a help, I did my best. I must say that it is a REAL challenge to show some things in photos, specially when you take your own and you need three hands! So, I had to get creative. My girlfriend, Ruthie, had given me this neat device that holds your IPhone while taking pictures, but since the move, I will be darned if I can find the thing. I am sure it will surface soon. But like everything else, when you want something now… you want something NOW!
I quickly made my way to the garage because I remember a few years ago at a garage sale Bob and I purchased some weird gizmo that looked like a sea creature. It had metal bendable arms, a magnifying glass and a few clips on it. I looked and looked, but once again… because I wanted it now, I couldn’t find it. I explained to Bob what I was looking for and why. I needed a “third hand” and the clip on the end of those “arms” would be perfect. So, to the tool box we went. Drawer and after drawer we searched through them. We have a tool for everything so I new we would figure something out! Got it! Vice-grips! Shew… now back to my tutorial. :) Thank you Mr. Bob…. thank you Mr. Craftsman.
Fruit leather tips ~
Cookie cutters / templates and scissors ~
Other items needed ~
Keep in mind ~
Where to use them ~
Start by cutting out your circular shapes.
To make the center of the flower, roll one circle into a cone shaped cylinder.
Here is another angle.
In the photo below, I added two petals to the core of the flower.
Remember, one circle equals one petal.
The first one I wrapped around the right side and bent the tip backwards,
creating a fold in the fruit leather as it came around the front.
I repeated these same steps on the left side.
Here is another angle.
And another angle. :)
Keep layering petals around the flower, just on the left, right and back side of the flower.
Do the same folding technique as mentioned above to make it look like the petals
are bending / folding backwards.
If your petals are not cooperating, start over. The fruit leather is pretty tough but on
the other hand, be gentle. There are times that I must have redone a flower two to three times.
As you can see in the photo below, the more you bend the edges back, the more realistic
Here is how it looks from the top. If find yourself with a large hole in the center of
your flower, create a smaller circle, pinch it closed and stick it down in the center
cone part of the flower. Problem solved!
The more petals you add, the larger the flower. So don’t get caught up in having to use
the same quantity of fruit leather petals for each flower.
The varied sizes will make the over-all appearance even more attractive and realistic.
Here is how to make a carnation fruit leather flower. I used an average of 6
circles per carnation flower. In nature they have a lot of folds in them.
You don’t need my fancy dancy tool (vice-grips) to make these… this is my third hand.
Pinch each circle into a “X” shape as shown below. Give the pointy part underneath
a good pinch to help it hold together.
None of them will really look the same and they might start to unfold a bit while you
are waiting to putting it together as one big flower. That is ok, you can tuck and shove
things into place as you build the carnation.
When you are ready to put all little pieces together as one, tuck them up against one
another, keeping a grip on the pointy ends underneath. The folds will basically
snug up against one another and create the look of a carnation as shown below.
This is what it looks like underneath. I poked a few toothpicks in from different
angles to hold the flower together. I ended up wetting those tips a little bit and gave them
a final pinch and they held together.
Once you feel the tips are secure, you can gently remove the toothpicks.
Once again, this is the finished look.
Don’t they make amazingly gorgeous decorations?!
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