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Last Updated on 15th July 2022 by Vicki
Hi everyone, here’s a post showing how I make my pinecone and acorn cake toppers. There is also video of me making the acorns after the first tutorial. I used both the acorn and pinecone toppers on my autumn themed cupcake wreath.
How I Made The Acorns
These acorns are slightly different to the ones on my wreath. After making them, I thought of a different way to create the texture on the shell which I preferred.
Firstly I coloured some modelling paste with PME Old Gold/Ivory.
To make the shell I rolled a small piece of paste into a ball.
After dipping my ball tool into some corn flour to prevent it sticking, I pressed it into the modelling paste.
Next, I gently formed the modelling paste into a cup shape using my fingers.
I formed a stalk by gently pinching out some modelling paste from the bottom of the cup.
To texturise the shell I used the wider end of a Wilton 102 piping tip. With the cup shape still on the ball tool, I gently embossed into the paste all the way round.
Once I had finished texturising the shell, I gently bent the stalk over slightly.
To make the nut I coloured some modelling paste brown using Fractal Colors Squirrel Brown Fundustic Powder. I then rolled a piece into a small tube and lightly pinched the end to make a point. I checked that the nut would fit into the shell and then stuck it in the shell with a little vodka.
Once the acorns had hardened, I dusted them with some dark brown edible dust.
I hope you enjoyed learning how to make my acorn cake toppers. Read on to see how I make the pinecones.
How I Made The Pinecones
To begin with I coloured some white modelling paste brown. I then made the pinecone in two stages.
After rolling a small piece of modelling paste into a ball, I flattened it slightly and then cut indents around the edge. Using my fingers, I gently thinned all around the edge.
I then repeated this process with a slightly larger piece of modelling paste. I created an indent in the middle of each one using a ball tool and then stuck the larger one on top of the smaller piece.
Using my fingers, I gently curved the modelling paste around the ball tool creating a dish shape.
After pinching the edge all the way round, I left it to dry overnight. This formed the base of my pinecone.
Building The Pinecone
After rolling some modelling paste into a tube, I cut it into small pieces. I formed each piece into a flat tear shape to be the pinecone’s scales.
I stuck each scale onto the hardened base as shown above.
Next, I glued a ball of modelling paste in the middle and flattened it slightly.
I repeated with another layer of scales. Using the wider end of a flower and leaf shaper tool, I created texture in each scale. The amount of scales needed will depend on the size of the base. Mine needed seven.
Once the second layer was completed, I again added a small ball of modelling paste in the middle. Doing this each time gave the pinecone height and space between the scales.
For the next layer I used one less scale and placed them slightly closer to the centre. Doing this starts to form a pinecone shape. So in the image above you can see I used six scales.
I found that gently pressing the centre down with a ball tool helped to secure the scales and lift them up slightly. This gave more of a pinecone shape. I then placed a ball of modelling paste in the middle and carried on with the next layer of scales.
Here you can see my layer of five scales which I am shaping with the ball tool.
Above you can see my layer of four scales with a piece of modelling paste in the middle.
The image above shows the final layer to my pinecone. I arranged the scales how I wanted them and then left the pinecone to harden overnight.
Once hardened, I gently dusted the edges of the scales with brown dust.
Items Used To Make The Pinecone And Acorn Cake Toppers
I hope you enjoyed seeing how I make my pinecone and acorn cake toppers, below are affiliate links to some of the items I used to make them.
- Renshaw Flower and Modelling Paste : https://tidd.ly/3flCE5y
- Sugarflair Dark Brown Gel Paste : https://tidd.ly/37lmR1X
- PME Chocolate Brown Powder Colour : https://amzn.to/30HjShp
- Dusting Brush : https://tidd.ly/3jfJWc2
- Flower and Leaf Dresden Shaper Tool : https://tidd.ly/3rNxlRb
- Ball Tool : https://tidd.ly/3rNtDqQ
- Wilton 102 Piping Tip : https://amzn.to/3lt4ZXY
- PME Old Gold/Ivory Gel Paste : https://tidd.ly/2TMVf2H
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