All out of creative Valentine's Day ideas? Why not try a vintage technique and create your own Bread Dough Rose Under Glass from Savannah Star? This makes a romantic, pretty centerpiece idea for your table. You can also make a few and set them on your mantel.
- Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue
- 1 slice white bread (day old with crust removed)
- Zip top bag
- Cold cream
- Measuring spoon – tablespoon
- Acrylic paint (color of your choice for your decor – I used red)
- Plastic cup
- Craft stick
- Foam tray (to hold roses while they are drying)
- Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles
- Gold paper doiles (heart shape)
- Glass stemware
- Ribbon (I used red picot edged)
- Silk flowers and leaves (red rose)
- Black fine line permanent marker
- Votive candles
- Remove crust from one slice of bread. Tear bread into pieces into plastic cup. Add one tablespoon of Aleene’s Original Tacky glue to cup along with a dab of cold cream. Mix all ingredients together in cup with craft stick until dough starts to form a ball. Add a dab of cold cream to your hands and scoop out the dough mixture. Knead for several minutes.
- When the dough is ready, all of the color should be mixed and the dough should be smooth. Place dough into a zip top bag to protect it from the air.
- Tear off a small piece of dough the size of a large pea (and return the rest of the dough to the bag).
- Press the ball into a flat circle. The dough should be very thin. To form the flower center, begin rolling from one side.
- When the flower center is rolled, use your finger tip to gently roll back the edge to give shape to the center.
- Press toothpick up through the bottom of the flower center and press it into the foam tray to hold in place while preparing next petal.
- Prepare next petal in same manner as flower center and press in place around center.
- Continue to add flower petals until you have created flower of desired size. Hint: be sure to keep each petal in line at top with the flower center. This will give you a nice, open flower. If you keep placing the petals too low, it can look like a pinecone. If you place them too high, you create a closed bud.) Use finger tip to gently roll the petal edges down to give shape to your rose. Let rose air dry overnight. Remove toothpick and cut off any extra dough at bottom of flower. Note that because this is a large, thick flower, it may take several more days for it to dry completely but it can now be used for your table decor.
- To create the table decor, place a gold doily on table cloth. Lay bread dough flower in center of doily. Surround it with silk leaves and silk flower petals.
- Decorate the stemware with a ribbon tied in a bow. Set stemware face down over bread dough rose.
- I used Aleene’s Tacky Dot Singles (in the small size) to decorate the votive candles with rhinestones and then set it on the bottom of the stemware.
- Each year, my girlfriends and I get together for a Valentines breakfast. I thought this would be a fun way to make conversation starters! I wrote questions on the silk flower petals and scattered them around the table. “Who was your first Valentine?” “Flowers or Chocolate?” “What is your favorite romantic meal?” “Do you believe in love at first sight?”
For comprehensive videa tutorials of this project, check out How to Make a Valentine Table Centerpiece and How to Make a Large Bread Dough Rose.