Recently I saw something that I thought was preposterous. This pack of pre-made royal icing pieces:
I forget how much the price was exactly; around $4. My first thought was, those pieces are SO amateurish! And my second thought was, for $4, anybody could buy a 2 pound sack of powdered sugar, a can of meringue powder, and get to work piping hundreds of these pieces while a decent movie plays in the background. So without further adieu, here’s all you’ll need (in addition to the aforementioned movie)…
adorable birds out of royal icing. Start by sticking a parchment square to the flower nail with a dab from the glue stick.
Pipe a tiny teardrop shape; lie the tip almost against the surface and a short distance from the dot. Squeeze firmly to build up a ball, then draw the tip toward the dot to create the "tail" of the teardrop. Stop pressure and pull the tip away.
Repeat 5 times for a total of 6 petals. No worries if you wind up with a few extra petals. You might find it helpful to pipe the petals that lie opposite each other in pairs, instead of working your way around clockwise or counterclockwise.