Fantastic Filler Flowers
Discover five unique styles of filler flowers that will complete your arrangements and set your work apart. Petalsweet owner and cake designer Jacqueline Butler is your guide as you start by mastering her signature pulled-petal flower. Create freesias in a variety of stages of bloom that are both elegant and versatile. Then, create sweet peas in four stages of bloom and explore how to use those blossoms individually, in small groups or to fill larger spaces in your arrangements. Want to create a flower center using thread instead of pre-made stamens? Jacqueline shows you how to work with thread and create individually wired petals for versatile cosmos flowers in a variety of colors. Finally, find out how to make multiple lavender stems at once and assemble, place and secure your tiny filler flowers for a cohesive arrangement every time.
As president and creative director of Petalsweet, a custom wedding cake business in San Diego, California, Jacqueline Butler is in high demand as a teacher of fine sugar artistry and modern cake design. Her clean, fresh and elegant signature style using beautiful pastel colors has been featured in many print and online magazines, blogs and websites within the wedding, cake decorating and sugar craft industries. Jacqueline was initially self-taught before seeking out extensive training under Ron Ben Israel, Scott Woolley and Nicholas Lodge. After years of practice and developing her own style, she began making wedding cakes in Southern California, and was soon contacted by other cake designers and hobbyists wanting to learn her methods. Jacqueline currently travels all over the world teaching the art of making modern, sophisticated sugar flowers in group classes, private lessons and on Craftsy.
Materials: What you Need
Lesson Plan: What you Learn
Start by learning how to create Jacqueline's signature pulled-petal flower. From a basic bud to two fillers that are in all of her arrangements, Jacqueline will walk you through each step of bringing these blooms to life. Plus, learn a simple variation for gorgeous lilacs.
Create a versatile stamen center for freesia flowers using techniques that can be used in other blossom varieties. Learn how to color elegant freesia flowers and shape, color and tape together your buds and flowers for a realistic freesia spray.
Find out how to create sweet peas in four stages of bloom. Add an all-purpose leaf to your sugar flower arsenal and even learn how to use sweet peas individually or in small groups to fill gaps or trail out of arrangements when needed.
Discover how to create a flower center using thread instead of pre-made stamens. Then, Jacqueline shows you how to make individually wired petals for cosmos flowers that are more versatile in your flower arrangements.
Lavender stems can add dimension and height to any arrangement. In this lesson, uncover production tips and techniques for creating multiple lavender stems as quickly as possible.
Finally, learn how to create simple but alluring all-purpose buds, perfect for filling small gaps. Plus, Jacqueline shares her go-to techniques for assembling and securing filler flowers around focal flowers on your cakes for a professional-looking finish.