Tuesday, January 18, 2011

sweet rose treat

Never say 'oops' say 'Ah Interesting!'

Have I bored you with my Valentine ideas yet?  I hope not because here is another one.

This one was born out of , as my sons would say, a 'fail', or what I call 'a deleted scene'.  I had this vision of making beautiful little flowers out of a lollipop and conversation hearts and in my head, I thought I could soften the lollipop in the microwave and stick the hearts right on to it.  Easy, right?!? 

Well, not so much.  The sugar of the lollipop
become too brittle and the 'petals' kept falling off. 
In other words...'FAIL'

And so I started to play some more, using
the melted sugar from the lollipop....

And was soon sculpting with melted sugar.

Pretty?  Well here's a little warning: these beauties come with a price...burnt finger tips...ouch!  I've never worked with melted sugar before and quickly learned it's almost like working with hot glue...you have to work extremely quickly as the sugar hardens in seconds.

Not an ideal craft, so I am giving you an alternate pain free method, with very similar results...

These little guys are made out of gumdrops. 

Here is a little tutorial for a gumdrop rose lollipop...

You will need:
 Jumbo Gumdrops (red, green or colours of choice)
Rolling Pin
Lollipop Stick

Sprinkle your working surface with sugar
(this will prevent gumdrop from sticking)

Flatten gumdrop with rolling pin...

With your fingers, stretch out the
gumdrop to form a long thin piece
(that's one unattractive picture)

Cut some of the gumdrop and
roll around the lollipop stick...

With kitchen scissors, cut a couple of petals
 (notice that my petals are not exactly the same? 
That's because I don't know how to be
 'symmetrically' correct...that's hubby's job)

Wrap the petals one by one...

...overlapping them until you have the desired size.

TIP: if you find that the gumdrop is
too sticky, add some sugar. If it's
not sticking, add a tiny bit of water.

This is me with way too much time on my hands....

This one is for my sister in law who loves daisies....:o)

Package them up in a little treat bag....

Tie with a pretty Valentine ribbon....how sweet!

And here is my most beautiful blossom holding our little sweet treats!  I cherish those chunky little fingers....just want to eat them up! :o)

So, the moral of the story is: go ahead and make mistakes...because they are the bridge between experience and wisdom.

Have a sweet day!

much love,

sharing my roses here


  1. These are really beautiful, Lucy. What a lovely "accident". Both versions are amazing.

  2. How ridiculously cute!!!!!!!!!!! I love this idea. They look all sparkly and yummy from the sugar.

  3. These are so darn cute and I really like how you gave the "easier non burning fingers" way too! I am sure I will find myself making a few for the girls in my life! Thank you!

  4. You are SUCH a clever girl...and I love the roses AND the daisy~ Hugs- Diana

  5. I stubbled across your blog a few weeks ago, you are so creative! I loved going back through your blog and reading all your posts...keep em coming :)

  6. oh wow! what an adorably cute ending to what you thought was a "fail"...I laughed while reading this...can totally relate to an idea in the head that seems heaven sent, then when you start doing it, it is not quite how you envisioned...regardless, I'm seriously considering doing some of these for Jonah's class! 16 month olds can eat gum drops, and if not, the parents can!
    P.S. LOVE daisies..my favorite flower as well! that was a great idea.

  7. wow, those flower gumdrops are amazing! such a fantastic idea!

  8. Wow! That is so creative! I would never have thought to sculpt with the hard candy. The flowers are beautiful and so are the gum drop candies. I thought making hard candy would be so easy...it's nice to know you had some trouble too, but you turned yours into something extraordinary!

  9. These are so precious!

    I featured them on my blog and hope to make them for my daughters Valentines.


  10. wow! Very pretty and looks way easier than working with the sugar!

  11. How gorgeous are these? Love this idea! And thanks for sharing your craft fail. It is so nice to know I'm not alone when ideas don't translate to real life how they look in my mind! :)

  12. Looove the daiy...hope your sis-in-law gets to taste it!!! LOL! ;)

  13. Love it, fantastic idea!! Thanks for sharing,


  14. So sugary sweet! Thanks for linking up.

  15. That is AWESOME. You are brave---and I'm so glad because I love the results!

  16. These really are so SWEET and a really great Valentine Treat idea with flair~ :) I'm going to make some soon, Thanks To You! :)

  17. The sweet flowers are just absolutely incredible!!!!


  18. What a neat idea! and very cute!

  19. What a fun post! I love your lollies! They are so beautiful and creative,and your photos are stunning. And thanks for sharing your "fail" because that totally made me smile, too.

  20. This is darling- I love how you made those into beautiful lollipops- such a sweet idea and they came out adorable! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  21. wow! very creative of you! and interesting! thanks for the tutorial! love it!

  22. Gorgeous!! I love these, and what a great tutorial. I posted a link on my other site, ediblecrafts.craftgossip.com. I hope that's OK :) My co-editor there, Amanda, sent me the link to your site.

  23. these are awesome!!! Also great to use as a cake rose.. on a birthday cake for example!! I love these!!!
    thanx fro sharing

  24. Wow! I love those. I love it when I see a pretty food idea that I feel like I can actually accomplish.
    Thanks so much for sharing!

  25. Thanks for sharing beautiful flowers.

  26. Hi
    Just wanted to let you know that I “ Featured” you on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Blog Hop today for your great project & inspiration! Be sure to grab the “I was featured” on Santa’s Gift Shoppe Button/Code for your sidebar! You deserve it! Thanks so much..If you’re not a follower already we’d love for you to join us...

  27. Thank you for the "generous sprinkling" of sugar. I've attempted this in the past with sticky unusable results. You pictures clearly display abundant sugar during the rolling process. I decorated a chocolate birthday cake. It was lovely. Thank you again.

  28. Oh, these are soo cute!

    Blue Skies,
    Charlotte xo


  29. Simply adorable! I'm filing this in my "to make" file. Thanks for sharing!

  30. Thanks for linking up to the craft catwalk! Featuring this today! :)

  31. Oh my gosh! How clever are you! These are awesome!!!! I LOVE them!!!!

  32. these are amazing! featuring you today on crazydomestic.com

  33. These are so pretty! I'm featuring them in my Friday Favorites tomorrow!

  34. These are adorable! I must blog about this! :)

  35. these are great!!! :) So creative!


  36. I couldn't find your email on your blog, but I'm doing a post on my blog this weekend about fun budget-friendly ideas for the home & family. I was wondering if I could get your permission to use a picture of your gumdrop roses and a link for people to see how to do them.
    My email is: keephomesimple@gmail.com

  37. thank you for posting this tutorial I wanted to show you my results and let you know that my girls are going to love getting them tomorrow.


  38. Spring Get Crafty is now out!!! Have featured this! So clever!!

    http://www.redtedart.com/2011/03/01/spring-get-crafty/ thanks for a lovely craft to include!


  39. Where did you buy your gumdrops? Can you maybe share what brand? I am trying to make these for a fair at school but I am not sure which gumdrops to use

  40. Stunning!!!! Im going to try it out!


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