I always thought I’d end up being the type to piece together all the components for my own wedding (making the dress, making and decorating the cake, making cards) …oh how wrong i was. There’s too much pressure involved in that all; but i figured there was a way i could still add my personal touch to things without exerting too much energy, and that was through getting things made and simply sprucing them up to my taste!

As some may already be aware, i’ve started creating sugar roses for my wedding cake (to be stored and applied the day before). Sugar decorations can be created months before as they keep very well, provided they are stored in the correct conditions- in a dark cool place and airtight container.

rosemacro pictorial

These will be applied on a ready made cake (iced and all) which saves me considerable time and stress. Pictured here are all the tools required (and optional) to create your roses.

Sugar tools numbered tools

Here are the linked supplies in list form.

  • 1- Corn flour (to flour surface when rolling gumpaste)
  • 2-Sugar glue (made using a lump of gumpaste and water, mixed together to form glue-like paste
  • 3 Polystyrene balls (To form the centre of your roses)
  • 4-Petal Veiner (Optional: to add life-like texture to petals)
  • 5-Rolling pin
  • 6-Paint brush
  • 7- Gum paste
  • 8-Foam mat (Optional-To use when thinning the edges of your petals with the ball tool)
  • 9-Toothpicks (Optional– To curl the edges of your petals. A few will do)
  • 10-Ball tool (Optional– to thin the edges of your petals, giving your rose some movement)
  • 11- Petal cutters (i use a 7cm cutter)
  • 12-Plastic wallets (To store the petals ready to be used and keep them from drying)

Aaanndd not forgetting the sillicone mat featured in all photos. You can opt to use your kitchen counter, but i found it more convenient to work at my bedroom desk. The total cost of these will depend on what you already have available. In my case, i had tooth picks, a paint brush, a rolling pin, plastic wallets and corn flour all readily available.

As for my invites, i had these produced by Qweddings after a recommendation by a friend. I would have preferred being able to choose what was written on the front, but had to stick to the template provided. I was however, able to form the wording i wanted on the inserts. I originally wanted laser cut cards but that did not work out, so i took matters into my own hands and ordered a pattern puncher to achieve a similar effect.

before after table insert card

The process- although time consuming, was something i found therapeutic and which gave me a sense of gratification. Those who receive my cards and get to eat my sugar roses may or may not appreciate the craftsmanship that went into making them, but if my work visually satisfies me as the artist- that’s all that matters haha