Bread Dough Rose Frame

Bread dough is so versatile and it’s air dry too! It’s perfect for little ones to play with and sophisticated enough for sculptures.
By  Joan Martin Fee 



  • Wooden frame, 8”x8”
  • Decorative paper, 9”x9”
  • Artistic wire, 22 gauge in color of choice
  • White bread, one slice
  • Gold doily


  • Jewelry tools: wire cutters, round nose pliers
  • Acrylic paints in desired colors
  • Wash paintbrush, 1”
  • Aleene’s Decoupage Medium
  • Adhesives: Aleene’s Tacky Glue, gold tape

basic supplies

  • Palette
  • Container of water
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Tablespoon
  • Craft stick
  • Plastic bag with zip top
  • Pencil
  • Disposable cup
  • Straight pin (optional)

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Project Instructions

1. Paint outer and inner edges and back of frame using wash brush in desired color. Let dry.

2. Place decorative paper face down on work surface and place frame on paper. Trace around outer and inner edges using pencil. Cut out. Apply a smooth, even coat of decoupage medium over frame using wash brush. Place cut paper over decoupage medium, smoothing with your hands.  If air bubbles occur, prick area with straight pin and smooth.

3. Remove crust from bread. Tear into small pieces and place in disposable cup. Add one tablespoon of tacky glue and mix with craft stick until a coarse ball begins to form. Transfer mixture to your hands and knead until ball of dough forms. As you continue to mix and knead, the stickiness will diminish and smooth dough will form. If dough remains sticky, add few bits of bread and mix again. If dough is too dry, add small amounts of adhesive until smooth.

4. Separate dough into two balls with one ball being about 1/3 of the dough for leaves. Place remaining dough into plastic zip-top bag to keep moist. Add one drop of green acrylic paint to 1/3 of dough and knead color into dough. Continue to add color one drop at a time until desired color is achieved. Return dough to plastic bag and repeat to color remaining dough for roses.

5. Pinch off 1½ pea-sized piece of dough for medium rose and two pea-sized dough balls for large rose. Squeeze dough between fingers to flatten into small, round piece as thin as possible. To make rose center, roll flattened piece between fingers, turning top edge back slightly to look as if the rose were just beginning to unfurl.

6. Pinch off another pea-sized piece of dough and flatten. Place rose center in middle of flattened petal and wrap petal around center, gently pressing together at bottom. Slightly turn back edges of petal for a realistic look.

7. Repeat Step 6 to make another petal. Place this petal opposite of the first petal. Remember, not all rose petals are the same size or shape. Place following petals a bit higher on rose, making sure that turned back edges are even with rose center. Add more petals in the same manner, overlapping edges slightly. To complete rose, carefully cut off bottom of rose using scissors. Repeat for remaining roses. For rose bud, add only one petal to center.  Let air-dry overnight.

8. To make small leaf, pinch off 1½ pea-sized piece of dough and mold into teardrop shape. For large leaf, pinch off two pea-sized dough balls and 1½ pea-sized for medium leaf. Flatten teardrop as thin as possible and make indentations for veins using piece of thin plastic. Indent sides of leaf with plastic as shown. Curl leaf as desired by laying it over a rounded shape. If desired, press leaves in place at bottom of rose before it dries. For stems, roll dough between your hands to make a 1/8”-wide snake. Make two 3” lengths. Let dry. 

9. Place gold tape as desired on frame. Cut desired section of doily and adhere to frame where tape intersects. For swirls, cut 4” and 3” lengths from wire using wire cutters. Make swirl at one end of each wire by grasping end of wire with round nose pliers and loosely twisting. Adhere to frame. Adhere roses, stems and leaves as desired.