In this post, I will show you how I decorated the cookie bow for my Christmas cookie wreath. I will also go over how I decorated the candle to go along with it.
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Christmas Cookie Wreath Part 3
This is the final post about how I made the cookies in my Christmas Cookie Wreath. If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my post on Pine Cones and Pine Branches and also the post on Candy Canes and Holly Leaves.
While this bow was inspired by a traditional red velvet Christmas bow, you can absolutely use your creativity and make a similar bow to fit your theme! The same goes for the candle.
Before I talk you through the steps, check out the videos of how to decorate these cookies.
Preparing The Cookies
I cut out my bow cookies using a bow cookie cutter I purchased from Etsy. At 5″ I love how large it is! Here is where you can find it. I also purchased my candle cutter (also 5″) from Etsy. Here is the one I used. I did trim the bottom with a knife before baking to get more of a straight edge there.
Preparing The Icing
Here is the recipe for my favorite royal icing. Once you make your icing, You will need some that is red and thinned to a thick flood consistency. If you are going to airbrush your cookie as I did, don’t go crazy trying to get a good red color. This can be highly stressful… haha. You will also need some that is white and that should also be a thick flood consistency.
For my piping and flooding, I used tipless bags and just cut small holes at the tip. To do this just make sure you line your bag up with one seam over the other seam. You want the seams the be running down the center of the bag, then snip off the tip of the bag.
Decorating the Bow
The first thing I did was draw out my bow onto the cookie using a red edible marker. You can choose to skip this step, but I like to plan ahead.
Now, outline and flood the areas shown below and let your icing dry to the touch before moving on to the next step.Next, outline and flood in the strands of the ribbon one at a time. Once one strand dries to the touch, move onto the next one. Allow both strands to dry before moving onto the next step.
When your cookie’s icing has dried, place some of the red icing in a bowl or plate. Using a smaller dusting brush, dab it onto the surface of the dried red icing on the cookie.Immediately after you cover a section by dabbing wet red icing over it, take a large dry dusting brush and dab over the section again. This gives it the texture of velvet. Allow the icing to dry. This shouldn’t take long.Next, pipe the outline of your bow and then fill in the center (knot) of the bow. Allow the icing to dry to the touch and then do the same dabbing technique over the bow’s knot. Again, allow that to dry.Using Amerimist red airbrush coloring, spray along all of the edges of the bow and especially spray the inside of the bow where you did not flood with icing. To avoid overspray, you may need to spray the naked area of the cookie a couple of times letting the coloring dry between sprays.You can stop airbrushing now, or take it a step further as I did. I wanted to age the bow so after the red dried, I shaded the cookie with Amerimist warm brown.When all of your sprayed colors have dried, you are ready to paint your gold edges onto the bow. I used Edible Art Paint in gold.If you have any spots where the gold spilled over the line you painted it on, you can wait until it dries and paint over it with a small amount of the red airbrush color.When your cookie is dry, you have a very pretty (and delicious) bow!
First up, outline and flood the base of your candle. Allow it to dry to the touch.Now, using the same icing, add drips of wax. Allow that to dry before moving on.Next, I shaded the edges of the candle and the drips with Amerimist warm brown airbrush color. You could also use brown petal dust.Now outline and flood your flame using the same white icing.When your white icing is dry, it’s time to paint on your flame. I used Edible Art Paint in white, yellow, orange, blue, and black. You can watch my video on this cookie to see exactly how I painted the flame, but honestly… I’m no painting pro, haha! I just tried to make it look like a candle’s flame.
Finally, I did go over it with a small, dry dusting brush while the paint was still wet to blend the colors a bit.
Done! Now you are totally ready to make your own cookie wreath! I can’t wait for you to give it a try.
A quick tip before I leave you to decorate, This wreath fits perfectly on this plastic tray from Dollar Tree! And it gets better… That tray fits perfectly in these boxes from BRP Box Shop! It’s like they are all made for each other. Here’s a shot of the cookies on the tray.
Merry Christmas and Happy Decorating! xoxo Katie