Wafer Paper Rosebuds

These delicate wafer paper rosebuds look like they were really difficult to create, but they’re surprisingly simple to make. Just gather all that you need, get everything nicely organised, follow our step-by-step instructions and off you go! You don’t need any experience, just some time and patience!

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Important Information & Handy Tips!

  • There are extra petals so don’t worry if you mess up

  • For Wafer Paper Rose Kit - 3 pack
    For your 5cm/2inch rose - Stop after applying your set of Small Petals (Step 10)
    For your 9cm/3.5inch rose - Stop after applying your set of Medium Petals (Step 10)
    For your 12cm/5inch rose - Continue to Step 12

  • Wafer Paper has a smooth side and a rough side. The smooth side is the printed or coloured side.

  • Only ever handle Wafer Paper with clean, DRY hands

  • Experiment before you start. There are extra petals so try out a tester. See how it reacts with water and Edible Glue. Get a feel for how much moisture it needs to make it soft and pliable and how much moisture it can take before it starts to dissolve.

  • Take your time! Theses flowers don’t require any special skills to make, but even the most experienced cake decorator will run into trouble with wafer paper if you rush the steps. Have some patience, take your time and you will end up with great results. Rushing through drying times will result in the wafer paper getting too wet and start to tear and dissolve.

  • There are lots of products available to use with Wafer Paper such as Conditioners and Moisturisers. These products can be used in place of the water atomiser if you wish. However, I find plain water is just as good if you use it sparingly. (Save you some $$$ too!)

  • Don’t be tempted to move or touch your petals as the are drying!

  • Edible Glue has many names. Piping Gel, Clear Piping Gel, Sugar Glue. Any of these products will work. I recommend a watered-down solution when working with your Wafer Paper Roses

  • The number of petals you add to your rose is really up to you. The quantities given are just a guideline that will produce a rose, roughly 12cm/5inch diameter. But if you want a bigger rose, just keep adding petals. For a smaller rose, don’t add the big petals. It’s up to you. One thing I will suggest is, always try to use an odd number of petals.

  • If your rose falls off the wire whilst you are adding petals, don’t be tempted to push it back on straight away. Set it down and let it dry. Once dry you can pick it up and gently push the wire back in. If you try to do it whilst it’s wet, you will be more likely to squish or damage your rose.

  • To attach to FONDANT – Trim your Rose wire to the desired length with a small pair of pliers or scissors. Dab the area where you want your Wafer Paper Rose to sit with some Edible Glue. You could also use a small amount of royal icing. Gently start to insert the wire, holding it and pushing it in by the end of the wire. Work you way up the wire, gently pushing it into you cake as you go, until your flower is in place.

To attach to BUTTERCREAM – Follow the same process. If the Buttercream is fresh, you are unlikely to need Edible Glue.

  • Kit includes:

    • Wafer Paper Petals
    • Wafer Paper Leaves
    • 20 Gauge Floral Wire
  • You will need:

    • Edible Glue
    • Water

    - Small dish

    - Small Atomiser

    • Small Paintbrush
    • Small Scissors
    • Silpat or Baking Paper
    • Foam Block


    • Floral Tape
    • Petal Dusts

Let's get started!

1. Put a 50/50 solution of Edible Glue/Water into a small bowl. (you don’t need much)

  • 2.

    Bend a small hook shape into the top of the wire, then stick the other end into the foam block. Paint the hook end of the wire with some Edible Glue mix.

  • 3.

    Pick up the Large disc and paiint both sides with the Edible Glue mix. Cover the hook shape with the disc, with the smooth side facing out. Wrap it around the hook and mold it into a small bud shape.

  • Allow 20 minutes to dry.