At this time of year the peonies in my garden are showing signs of opening into full bloom, so I thought this would be a perfect time to create a tutorial showing you how I make my open peonies. I love peonies and think they look so pretty on birthday cakes and wedding cakes, either on their own, or combined with roses, buds and other flowers. The come in such a variety of colours and with their frilly leaves they create such a center piece.

open peony tutorial

In this video tutorial I show you how I made the center of the flower and all the petals around the edge. The difference between a gumpaste closed peony and and open version, is when creating an open peony the petals are all wired. This does take a little more time to create all the petals, but I love how this allows you to move all the petals around once the flower has been put together, to get the perfect shape. For this flower I created the petals in a really light pink colour and then used some dusky pink petal dust once they were all dry to add some colour and make the leaves look alot more realistic. This also helps pick out all the detail that has been created with the veiner.

Open Peony tutorial

I really hope you enjoy this video tutorial and find it helpful if you are looking to make your own peony flower to add onto your cakes.

I have also put a link below to the rest of the tools I used throughout this video:

Peony Cutters (similar to the one I used):
Squires Floral Paste:
Similar Rose Cutters by FMM:
Ball Tool:
PME Foam Pads:
Sugarflair Petal Dusts (Apple Green):
Modelling tools:
Floral Tape:
Edible glue:
Wilton Rose Gel Paste:

Also don’t for get to check out my other flower tutorials, including how to make the small filler buds which are added to the flowers in the photos, by visiting my Tutorials page!

Plus why not save the tutorial for later and pin it to Pinterest

Open Peony tutorial