Macramé Potted Plant Cookie
Potted plants. Macramé art. These flashbacks from a 1970's-era living room are trendy again! And how do we celebrate home decor trends? With cookie-fied versions, of course! These hanging macramé plant cookies are made with a simple cutter that's found in many cookier's cutter arsenals- an ice cream cone shape. Let me show you!
What you'll need:
* pointed ice cream cone cookie shape. I used one from Sweet Sugarbelle.
* Royal icing in the following colors/consistencies:
base flood royal icing, optional: 20 second
white royal icing: 20 second
ivory royal icing: piping consistency
green royal icing: thicker piping consistency
* Icing tips: round, leaf (or you can cut a tipless bag into a V for a leaf tip)
* Wilton petal dust (available at many craft stores), vodka, small paintbrush (optional)
Disclaimer: The following in-process pictures are not my best work. Like they're pretty embarrassing. It was at night and I was tired and the lighting was all wonky when I shot them. But I loved this cookie design so much! So just look past the icky pics. I'll get around to re-making (and re-photographing) this design one day. Hopefully!
1. Flood the base of your cookie, if you wish. I went with blue royal icing so that it would coordinated with other cookies with the set. Let the base icing dry.
2. Use the white icing to pipe the planter bowl. Use the ivory icing to pipe a circle at the tip of the cone to represent the macramé hanging ring. Allow these sections to crust.
3. Use the ivory royal icing to pipe the hanging ropes from the ring to the planter. Next, add the first series of "knots", represented by the groups of three horizontal lines.
4. Add more "rope" details with the ivory icing. I added curved icing lines between each "knot" on the planter and "knots" at the ends of each hanging rope. I also added perpendicular icing lines at the planter hanger (at the ice cream cone point). Put rope lines and knots wherever you'd like! You're just trying to get the impression of macramé. It doesn't have to be perfect!
You can even stack icing lines to give more dimension.
5. Grab the green icing with a round tip. Add some plant stems.
6. Pipe icing leaves on your plant stems. I used a PME ST50 icing tip. Any small leaf tip will do! Or make your own by cutting a V at the end of a tipless bag.
7. Once the leaves were dry, I mixed some Wilton green petal dust with a little bit of vodka. I painted this mixture on some of the leaves to add some color variation. That's it!
Cookie macramé hanging plants are a great addition to a realtor or housewarming cookie set. And you don't have to worry about having a green thumb to enjoy these plants!
2/11/2021 11:51:06 am
Do you have a tutorial on how you bag your icing? I noticed you have some bag within a bag, some with tips, some just bag with snipped end. How do you decide which one you are going to do? Thanks!
2/11/2021 12:21:24 pm
Hi Katie! I don't have a tutorial on how I do my icing bags. But I can tell you my process here! If I'm going to be using different icing tips with the same icing I'll put the icing in a pod + outer bag, and then just switch the tips as needed. I'll also do the pod + outer bag if I'm working with really stiff icing. If you're not sure of what I mean by "pods", check out this video. It's from Karen's Cookies- she's a real OG cookier! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxE-pnqmsE0
2/12/2021 10:05:18 am
Thank you! Good to know. This is helpful - I'm a novice here, but love making cookies and learning new tips and tricks :)
2/28/2021 08:34:27 am
Love this potted plant - can't wait to make it! Can you tell me which cutter the house is?
2/28/2021 11:37:28 am
Hi Maureen! I'm so glad you like this plant design! The house is this cottage from That's A Nice Cookie Cutter: https://www.thatsanicecookiecutter.com/store/p416/Gingerbread_Cottage_-Large.html
2/28/2021 12:57:33 pm
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