I was amazed as I was looking at cake decorating sites to come across these incredible peonies! I'm not saying these are EASY DIY projects--I'd say you definitely need some experience with gum paste in order to pull these off--but wow--they look great! Just like the real thing! Of course the amount of work it takes to make them might make them cost as much as the real thing! Louise at The Cake Journal shows you her second attempt at peonies--but she's a pro--these might be my 150th attempt if I'm lucky--but we all know my skill level at DIY projects. But I was so blown away by these that I had to share Louise's incredible peonies with you, and if you are talented in this direction, give them a try. She also has a great post about her favorite gum paste tools which is well worth reading.
OK, I admit, I am going to make an attempt at gum paste, but I don't think I'll start with these--I need something easier! Let me know if you try them out and how hard they really are. I'm hoping someone will write in and tell me how simple they are--but I don't hold out much hope! Enjoy all!