How to Make a Gum Paste Bow

I love making gum paste bows. They’re cute and easy to make. There are several ways to make gum paste bows. The bows I made have a more classic look.

I recommend using a silicone mat when working with fondant or gum paste especially if your table or counter top is textured. As you can see, I used my old worn out Wilton mat. Not the best decision.

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The first step to making a bow is to roll out and cut a thin strip of gum paste. The strip in the above picture is 7 inches long and about 1 1/2 inches wide.

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Cut the strip in half.

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Pinch one end of the strip similar to an “M” .

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Fold the strip over and do the same on the other side, combining them. I squashed mine together.

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Since I needed my bow to stand, I dried it on its side. 

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Do the same to the other half of the strip.

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I joined the two middle parts, but you can also dry them separately. I stuffed the inside of the bow with a small piece of paper towel to help keep its shape.

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Next, I rolled a small amount of gum paste into a ball then formed a snake.

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I flattened the snake with a rolling pin and cut it into a thin strip with even sides.

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I folded the long sides in so they would meet in the middle. This is the center part of the bow.

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I placed the bow on the end of the folded strip and wrapped it around the joining pieces. You can add a thin layer of sugar glue on the inside of the folded strip before wrapping it around.

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I rolled out another thin strip of gum paste to make ribbon tails for the bow.

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I cut the strip into two even rectangles then cut a “V” into the ends.

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I sugar glued the ribbon tails to the back of the bow and allowed the bow dry for a few days. 

I made a second bow using the same process as above. The only difference with the second bow is that I let it dry lying down flat.

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I’ll post pictures of the bow on the cake as soon as I finish editing them.

I hope you find this tutorial useful.

Have a great day.

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