The Springerle Series: Casting

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Guest Post By Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey K.

Welcome to our first post in a series detailing all the wonderful things you can do with a Springerle mold! We’ll be jumping a little ahead in time by making Christmas ornaments, but you can use any design to decorate gifts or simply your home year round.

But what the heck is a Springerle mold? We’ll start with a brief history.

The most common form of pronunciation is spring-er-lee, however, the traditional form is shpring-er-luh. The molds were originally carved out of clay beginning as early as the 14th century in Germany, Bavaria, Switzerland and the Alsace area of France. Their biblical pictures were transferred to cookies and breads to educate those who couldn’t read or write. The molds soon changed to wood and metal mediums and the pictures came to represent everyday life – weddings, animals, holidays, etc. While generally used to mold dense, cake-like cookies, the molds have a number of uses in the crafting world.

You can see how modern carvers like Dukasi make their molds here.

We use molds from the wonderful crafters at House on the Hill. They’re made of a sturdy wood/resin composite and are casts of actual vintage designs. Check here for our full stock.

And now to the fun stuff! We’ll be casting our ornaments in Paperclay and Delight. Why these mediums instead of regular clay? They’re non-toxic! So you can feel safe using your mold for baking as well as crafting. This could even be a family project!

Materials:

Instructions:

1. Knead your molding medium into a solid mass (we used Paperclay for this tutorial). Make sure there are no layers or your cast won’t come out cleanly. It helps to roll the dough rather than fold it. If your Paperclay seems dry, you can add a Tablespoon or less of water until it reaches the consistency you desire.

Tip: If you want your dough all one color, knead in a couple drops of acrylic paint to your desired shade.

Kneading-hands

2. Dust your work surface and rolling pin with cornstarch. We laid down our Tovolo Pastry Prep Mat before dusting. This makes for easier cleanup and your molding medium won’t stick to the table. Roll out the Paperclay as you would cookie dough.

Tip: Consider the depth of your design. Don’t roll your Paperclay thinner than the deepest part or you will lose the top details!

Rolling-out

3. Use a pastry brush (or large new paint brush) to dust cornstarch into the mold. In a pinch, you can drop the cornstarch into the mold with your fingers alone, but the brush makes for even dusting and keeps your hands clean. Be sure to dust the mold with cornstarch before every pressing!

Featured mold is Sleigh with Covered Bridge.

Brushing-mold

4. Lay the mold onto the Paperclay and use even pressure to push all sides and the center into it. Again, consider your mold’s depth and press accordingly. This can take some practice, but if you don’t like the imprint simply ball the dough and begin again.

Tip: Only want a piece of the design? Lay your mold face up and press the dough into the part that you wish to use. You can cut any excess with an exacto knife, spatula or dough cutter.

Pressing-top

Pressing-side

5. Lift the mold and cut out your design. If you have a cookie cutter to match your design, great! Otherwise an exacto knife, spatula or dough scraper will work just fine.

Tip: Only do one press at a time. If you do more than one, your dough will squish together and warp your design.

Cutting

6. Press your lollipop stick or straw where you would like to tie the ribbon. Coffee stirrers create nice small, neat holes and can be found at office supply stores. You can cut away excess Paperclay before or after this step.

Inserting-lolli-stick

7. Use a spatula to remove your imprint and place on a mesh cooling rack to dry 12-24 hours.

Tip: After drying, you can smooth edges by sanding with a nail file or oval foam cushioned sanding pad.

Setting-on-drying-rack

8. If you’d like to paint your designs, now is the time! Acrylics work great. We chose to paint the Pine Cone design.

Tip: For an extra smooth finish, paint a thin layer of white and let dry before applying other colors.

Painting-pinecone-hand

9. Pull your ribbon through the designated hole, tie it and you’re done!

 

**Molds shown at top: Cozy Hearth, Partridge in Pear Tree, Angelica, Sleigh with Covered Bridge, Pine Cone.

We would love to see what you create! Send your photos to info@fancyflours.com or attach them to a comment below.

25 Fun Crafts with Paper Straws

Guest Post by Fancy Flours Employee Lindsey G.

Straws-in-jars

The creativity of people astounds me. How did the Wright brothers think to connect bicycles to creating an aircraft? Or how did the artist go about chiseling the Winged Victory statue? Or how did all these wonderful modern artists below create such unique items from something as simple as paper straws?

Yes, they’ve transformed these versatile little tubes into anything from cake pop sticks to light fixtures. The best part is they’ve created instructions to make it easy for you to take your straw game to the next level.

1. Cookies and Milk

Have your cookies and milk, too! Add an extra touch to this cute idea by cutting cookies in a shape to fit your theme. Then just stick the straw through! With over 900 cookie cutters on hand, Fancy Flours has something for every occasion. Our No-Fail Sugar Cookie recipe is great to use so cookies hold their shape.

Cookies-and-Milk

Art and photo by weddingideasmag.com

2. Cupcake Toppers

Make personalized cupcake toppers with sprinkle packs. Because who doesn’t like to decorate their own cupcakes? With our large supply of sprinkles, you can mix and match to create a special pack for each person.

Sprinkle-pack-cupcake-toppers

Thank you Icing Designs for this kid-friendly idea and photo.

3. Placecards

Don’t let guests loose their place by setting out these adorable placecards. Stand straws in spools as shown, bottles, votives or anything else you have around the house. Try our washi tapes for back-to-school, Paris, general decorative and Christmas themes.

Spool-placecards

Art and photo by Helena Schaeder Söderberg of Craft and Creativity.

4. Wreaths

Make a wreath for any occasion or add a mirror and some metallic spray paint for an everyday fascinator.

4th of July wreath by Polka Dots on Parade. Blue and red straws here and here.

Halloween wreath by Tater Tots and Jello. Orange straws here.

Mirror featured on Style Me Pretty by Oak and Owl.

5. Vase Wrap

Update an old vase with a solid color or throw on a pattern for extra fun.

Vase-wrap

Art and photo by Amy Krist.

6. Flower Wands/ Bouquets

Create a glittery flower wand for your (or your kids’) inner fairy. Or make several for a cute everlasting bouquet! Check out our light green, kelly green and dark green straws for the stems.

Flower-wands

Art and photo by Icing Designs Online.

7. Confetti Sticks

Make homemade confetti sticks for your guests to shower you with at your wedding or for a party favor. We love the glitter details on the ends! Try neutral colors like gray or get creepy and crawly for Halloween with spiders. Fill with unique sprinkles for extra fun!

Confetti-Sticks

Art and photo by Best Friends for Frosting.

8. Rice Krispie Snacks

Quickest dessert ever! We have pre-made Rice Krispie sheets, colored chocolate melts, piping bottles, sprinkles and, of course, straws to make this your go-to dessert for every occasion.

Rice-Krispie-pops

Art and photo by Life, Love and Sugar .

9. Cupcake Liner Flower Straw Toppers

Love flowers and baking? Then these cupcake liner flower straw toppers are just what you’re looking for! Bring something new to the table for your luau or just to brighten your summer drinks.

Cupcake-liner-flower-toppers

Art and photo by The 36th Avenue.

10. Party Blowers

Party blowers are time tried and tested. They’ve lasted as party favors since their inception because they are just too fun! Make your own and give the gift of a laugh to your friends and family.

Party-Blowers

Art and photo by Made to be a Momma.

11. Paper Garland

Add a colorful garland to your photo booth, party décor or just to hang around the house for some color.

Halloween-garland

Art and photo by Tell, Love and Party.

12. Geometric Mobile

We’ve all seen the Himmeli art in stores lately. Traditionally, it’s a Finnish Christmas ornament made of straw, but it’s making its way into everyday décor. Now you can make your own for a tenth of the price! Start small with a bunting or go all out with this gorgeous mobile.

Light-fixtures

Art and photo by Brittany Makes.

13. Easel Displays

Mini anything is adorable. Baby animals, kid’s clothing and now easels! Use them to display your special cookies or hold placecards for guests.

Easels

Art and photo by Wants and Wishes Designs.

14. Flameless Candles

These couldn’t be more simple for a quick and sophisticated addition to a birthday treat. This would be ideal for a 1st birthday party! Go pink, blue or neutral with yellow or green straws. Don’t forget the matching cupcake liners!

Candles

Art and photo by Icing Designs Online.

15. Cake Topper

Top your cakes with a little banner! This is a simple design for Halloween, but get creative and write on the little triangles or change up the colors. We have almost every color of straws, twine and little sugar decorations to add some pizzazz.

Cake-Banner

Art and photo by Cake Journal.

16. Photo Booth Props

Create some classy photo booth props using straws as sticks. Photo booths have become a big hit for weddings, with most vendors printing two of each photo. This leaves one as a favor for the guests and one to put in the guest book. Add speech bubbles and hats and you and your guests will have a wild time!

Photo-props

Created by indie crafter Toffee Mag.

17. Wall Art

Make a sweet piece of art with nothing but a hot glue gun, straws and some ribbon. This artist chose a heart, but feel free to branch out! Try a star for New Year’s, an egg for Easter with our pastel collection or a wintery tree with our holiday set. Add a sweet note or saying with cardstock for a personal touch.

Heart-art

Wall art found in Paper Crafter Magazine, issue 78.

18. Picture Frame

Can’t decide which picture is your favorite? Feature family and friends in a sweet homemade frame that uses a glittery clip for easy photo switching.

Frame

Art and photo by Nicole Samuels of American Crafts.

19. Cupid’s Arrows

Play cupid (or Katniss) with these adorable paper arrows.

Arrows

Art and photo by Your Home Based Mom.

20. Color Pop

I’ve found myself putting flowers in cute old glass bottles a lot lately. There’s just something homey and comfortable about the look. This idea is a perfect way to add some extra color! Just stick the stems in the straw and you’re done.

Straws-in-bottles

Art and photo by Sara Lee of Sweet Little Gals.

21. Pop Sticks

Of course, we can’t forget about using them as cake, lollipop and popsicle sticks! Paper straws make it easy to match the colors of your party or wedding!

Smoothie pops by Pop Sugar.

Marshmallow pops by Honey and Lime.

22. Mini Tiered Cake Stands

For those of you looking for something to wow, this mini tiered cake stand is certainly the way to go! Fill the “trays” with teenie tiny cookies like this artist, or use small candies for a quicker addition. Try our Fluted Round Cookie Cutter Set to make them as large or small as you like or taper with several sizes.

Tiered-cookie-cake-stand

Art and photo by Bakerella.

23. Pixie Sticks

Pass out homemade pixie sticks at your kid’s next party! These are handmade with real fruit and sugar. So easy!

Pixie-sticks

Art and photo by Brittany from Edible Details, featured on Amanda’s Parties to Go.

24. Wrap Bracelet

Try your hand at jewelry making with this easy shabby chic design.

Bracelet

Art and photo by Mamma Miss.

25. Fondue Sticks

Throw a fondue party and include a variety of fun straw colors so guests remember which is theirs! Fold and glue a paper flag at the end with names for more personalization. This artist used bananas for their toppings, but you can go savory with cheese or sweet with angel food cake or Rice Krispies.

Fondue-sticks

Art and photo by Bakers Royale.

Bonus:

I couldn’t resist this ad from Nestea because it is just amazing! As I said at the beginning, I think people are so creative and it’s wonderful that they can come up with complex creations like this. We’d love to see what you come up with. Comment your ideas and photos below or send us an email: info@fancyflours.com.

3d-man

Photo featured on Buzzfeed.

 

ArtGirl Cookie Decorating Sets for beautiful holiday cookies

What can we say? We love ArtGirl! Fancy Flours is thrilled to be carrying these one of a kind holiday and winter cookie decorating kits from Artgirlcookies.com. The kits come with a CD, 9 cookies cutters and printable templates. Simple and beautiful, these cookie designs are sure to be a hit for a holiday party! Sure to become a tradition for years to come! Please visit fancyflours.com to purchase ArtGirl Cookie Decorating Kits and please visit artgirlcookies.com to order fresh made and beautifully decorated cookies for Holiday gift giving!

Enjoy 15% off your order now at fancyflours.com

Happy holidays fancy friends!
We are excited to offer you 15% off your entire order now through Sunday, December 8th. This is the perfect chance for your to stock up on all of the decorating items you need for your holiday baking. Sprinkles, sparkling sugars, cookie cutters, royal icing decorations, wafer paper – you name it!

Please enter the coupon code: JOLLY at checkout on our website, www.fancyflours.com.

And…as if that wasn’t fabulous enough, for a limited time only, enjoy 35% off our 12 Days of Christmas Cookie Cutter Set as well as our 3D Reindeer and 3D Sleigh Cookie Cutters – all wonderful cutters to have around this time of year!

We hope your holiday season is merry and bright – and filled with homemade sweet treats!

Classic Holiday Cookie Shapes

Holiday Classics. Festive cookie shapes anyone can enjoy!
Whimsical, wonderful…Hammer Song cookie cutters in 14 shapes perfect for ringing in holiday cheer. Get out your baking ingredients and warm your home with a batch of fresh made sugar cookies…cut into one of these fun shapes and have the whole family begging for more. You’ll love their old world look and feel – a true collector’s item. We decorated ours with royal icing in bright hues for the season.
View Hammer Song cookie cutters HERE.
Don’t forget to view our new Holiday catalog HERE.
The holidays are here. Get baking!
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