Bread Dough Jewelry Box



Inspiration can come from just about anywhere! Let Heidi Borchers of Inspired at Home show you how white bread and glue can become a dough for molding beautiful roses. Use those roses to adorn a jewelry box or for other crafts.

Bread Dough Jewelry Box


  • Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue™
  • Slice of white bread – crust removed
  • Small disposable cup (for mixing bread dough)
  • Zip top bag
  • Craft stick
  • Acrylic paint: flower pink, leaf green
  • Embellishments: vintage buttons, craft pearls, beads
  • Decorative box


  1. Tear bread into cup. Add 1 tablespoon Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue™. Mix with craft stick until a coarse ball begins to form. Transfer mixture to your hands and roll until ball of dough forms. This step might be messy for the first few minutes but as you continue to roll in your hands, the stickiness will diminish and the dough will form. Continue rolling for several more minutes until smooth.
  2. Separate dough into several balls and place into zip bag. To color dough, remove one ball at a time, resealing bag to keep remaining dough moist. Add one drop of acrylic paint at a time and knead color into dough. Continue to add color one drop at a time until desired color is achieved. Return dough to plastic bag. Repeat to color remaining dough.
  3. To make roses and leaves, follow how-to instructions.
  4. Glue roses, leaves and embellishments onto top of box.

How to make roses:

  1. Pinch off a pea-sized bit of dough. Squeeze the pea between your fingers to flatten it into a small, round piece the thickness of a piece of paper. To make the center of the rose, roll the flattened piece between your fingers, turning the top edge back slightly to look as if the rose were just beginning to unfurl.
  2. Pinch off another pea-sized bit of dough and flatten it as before. Press the top edges back slightly to make a petal. Place the rose center in the center of this petal and wrap the petal around the center, gently pressing them together at the bottom.
  3. Make another petal in the same manner. Place this petal opposite the first petal. If possible, look at a real rose while making your bread dough rose. Remember, not all rose petals are the same size. Place subsequent petals a bit higher on the rose, so that the turned back edges are even with the rose center.
  4. Add 8 more petals in the same manner, overlapping the edges slightly, to complete the rose. Let the flower air-dry overnight. To glue the rose to a flat surface, cut off the bottom of the rose before it dries completely.
  5. To make leaf, you will need a small ball of green dough. Pinch off a pea-sized piece and mold it into a teardrop shape. Flatten the teardrop so that it is a bit thicker than a piece of paper. Using a straight pin, make indentations in the top of the leaf for veins. Curl the leaf as desired and let dry. If desired, press leaves in place at bottom of the rose before it dries.


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Sep 11, 2010

Thank you Bronxlady. I would love a copy of the original recipe of the bread dough roses and the 4 - 5 different pamphlets. Nona. My email address is adelork001@rochester.rr.com Thank you so much in advance. P.S. I just happened across this page so forgive me for being so late on this. I appreciate your help. Nona again.


Jul 9, 2010

rated on July 9, 2010 by angela this bread dough recipe is quite different than the recipe i made mine was much easier and required less ingredients and came out wonderfully...I used i to 2 pieces of white bread then I put 3 to 4 drops of acrylic paint to 2 to 4 drops of Aleens glue and rolled it into a small ball..flattened the ball out and squeezed the do'ugh between my fingers and flattened the bread to form a peddle and continued around the small ball until all the peddles were formed...put the roses on the side and let air dry..use a hand powder on hands when rolling the dough so dough does not stick to hands..good luck..


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May 20, 2010

Please send me the original reciepe and the pamphlets to kruepsgirl@yahoo.com Thanks a bunch!!


May 18, 2010

i would like the original recipe for bread dough was it also called salt dough art?


May 18, 2010

to Bronxladyj, I would love to have the original recipe for the bread dough roses when you have the time . Please send it to my email: plaplante1@yahoo.com Thanks in advance for your help with this.


May 18, 2010

I'd love a copy of the glycerin recipie if you have a minute. :)Very fun thanks for sharing! :) unwrittenmelody@yahoo.com. Thanks!


May 6, 2010

bronxladyj, Hi I copied down your recipe for the bread flowers but would also like copies of the 4 or 5 different pamphlets you mentioned. Thanks from Snohomish, Washington


Apr 16, 2010

april 15 2010 i am trying to make small ribbons for a cancer walk to give to all of my survivors. i would love to learn how to do it in the bread and glue. making them to look like porcelin. could you help me on this, please thank you carol


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