Bread Dough Rose


Bread Dough Rose

Whether it's bright and sunny or cold and snowy, this Bread Dough Rose from Heidi Borchers will always bloom. Flowers crafts look great all year. Best of all, once you make them, you don't have to worry about their upkeep. Materials for flower crafts aren't limited to fabric, paper, and clay. With a piece of white bread and a vintage technique, you can make your own dough for these cute roses. It's hard to believe that something made out of an old piece of bread can look so pretty, but it's true! These floral dough crafts look especially stunning on jewelry.

Bread Dough Rose


  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue in the Gold Bottle
  • White bread (one slice)
  • Plastic cup
  • Craft stick
  • Cold cream
  • Measuring spoon – tablespoon
  • Acrylic paint – white, green
  • Zip top bag
  • Flexible plastic (Heidi used shrink plastic) to create veins in leaf
  • Toothpick (optional) for holding flower while drying (see video demo)


  1. Remove crust from one slice of bread.

    Bread Dough Rose
  2. Shred bread into cup.

    Bread Dough Rose
  3. Add 1 tablespoon of Aleene’s Original Tacky glue. Add one dab of cold cream. Add 10 – 20 drops of white acrylic paint.

    Bread Dough Rose
  4. Mix until bread dough mixture starts to stick together. Use craft stick to remove mixture from cup and begin to knead with hands.

    Bread Dough Rose
  5. Continue to knead mixture for several minutes until a smooth ball of clay forms. (The glue and mixture should start to come off your hands as you knead the mixture. If not, add a small dab of cold cream to your hands as you continue to knead ball.) Once mixed, store bread dough in zip top bag. Bread dough should remain fresh in refrigerator for several weeks and can also be frozen. Just thaw to room temp before using.)

    Bread Dough Rose
  6. Remove a pea sized ball from bag. (Since this is air dry clay, you need to keep the remaining dough in the zip top bag.)

    Bread Dough Rose
  7. Press ball between finger and thumb to create a petal shape.

    Bread Dough Rose
  8. Continue to press until the petal is very thin.

    Bread Dough Rose
  9. To create flower center, start to roll from one end.

    Bread Dough Rose
  10. Use finger to gently pull back edge of petal to give dimension and shape.

    Bread Dough Rose
  11. Remove another pea sized ball from bag and repeat process to create very thin petal. Guide petal around rose center and gently press in place.

    Bread Dough Rose
  12. Use finger to pull down edge of petal and give shape.

    Bread Dough Rose
  13. As you continue to add petals, be sure that each petal is flush with the center of rose. (If you do not watch this, the rose can quickly begin to look like a pine cone!)

    Bread Dough Rose
  14. Add as many petals as desired to create size and shape of rose. Set aside to dry overnight. Cut off back of rose with scissors to create flat back for gluing surface.

    Bread Dough Rose
  15. To create leaves, add green paint to small piece of dough. Mix thoroughly. Form pea sized shape into leaf. Add veins by gently pressing lines with plastic. Add shape to sides of leaves by pressing plastic along the edges where lines meet side. Gently press up sides of leaves to give shape. Set aside to dry.Glue leaves and flower onto desired surface. (On this example, I used a river rock to create a paperweight.)

    Bread Dough Rose


For a comprehensive video tutorial of this project, check out How to Make a Bread Dough Rose.


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This is a wonderful project. I have always wanted to try bread dough. I have used polymer clay and salt dough, but never this. I have never seen such a well written tutorial on it so I have decided this is the time to go ahead and try it. Thanks for sharing.

This is a most excellent tutorial and the Rose is incredibly beautiful. In fact, it reminds me of those high end porcelain roses made in Italy! I have made similar creations from home made play-dough, but not with this bread formula, and it did not have the wonderful and moldable texture that this has. This rose could be made into so many things, many different jewelry pieces such as earrings, a brooch, etc. thank you for a fantastic formulation and tutorial!

I learned how to make the dough (the recipe has changed just a little) back in the 80's when Aleene had a TV craft show with her daughters. I loved the dough. I made the little roses and made earrings. I also make different beads for bracelets and necklaces. Thank for bringing this back!

I use to make salt dough ornaments. It was easy and fun. This looks even easier. You can make much more than flowers. You can make ornaments, santas, wreaths, anything holiday. Remember a garlic press makes great curls that you can use for hair or beards. Santas beard never looked better.

I have made these really easy and fun to do.If you havent try it you should.

I would love to give this a try, but I dont keep any cold cream around, would a substitute like maybe lotion work about the same?

I would love to give this a try, but I dont keep any cold cream around, would a substitute like maybe lotion work about the same?

These look great, and I would like to try making them but have not heard of Aleene's Original Tacky Glue. I am from New Zealand, what would any Kiwis recommend using as a substitute? Thanks

this is an awesome recipe.....I still have one of the roses that my daughter and I made and its......21 years old....the only thing that's happened to it is that one of the petals has a bit of a chip on it.....

excellent ideas, very interesting

The last time I picked up cold cream was about two years ago and it was at a Dollar General store. Try looking at one of those. They might still carry it.

My Mom and I used to make these and give them as little gifts when we didn't have enough money to buy gifts. Now I want to make the for fun!

i too maded these roses 30+ years ago. i think we used french or italian bread at the time ... why? no idea. but, i had forgotten the rest of the mixture. hope someone gives us more info on cold cream....old term for todays lotions and posions. in the day i think pondes was advertised as a cold cream and my be noxema as well. WHAT A TRIP DOWN MEMORY LANE! sure clarifies the statement "whats old is new again".

My mom and I made these at least 30 years ago and all we used was white bread and white glue and it worked just fine.

with all the additives in "cold cream" in this day and age is there any one of them that is recommended or not as the case may be. I seem to remember Aleene saying that some where better than others but of course why is long gone. Any info would be appreciated.

I have some of these that are over 20 years old that my grandmother made me. Think I'll try them myself.

I have made these beautiful roses about 20 years ago. I have one left and still looks as good as it did the day I made them. They are so dainty and fragile looking. Yet easy to make even for those whom don't have much crafting techniques.


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