Yesterday I shared an edible doughnut recipe with you that looked like a piece of art, and today I want to share these macaron photo holders that look good enough to eat but are actually made from clay. Like the cupcake, macarons are currently having their time in the baked goods spot light. While macarons are cute and colorful little desserts, they are (in my opinion) prettier to look at than to eat. Since I prefer my macarons as eye candy more than mouth candy, I used a few colors of polymer clay to create cute little cookies that could hold a few photos and sit on my shelf all pretty like.
- Polymer Clay in your choice of colors - also available individually at Joann Fabric and Craft Stores
- Polymer clay in white for the "filling"
- 16 gauge brass jewelry wire
- Clay tool pack or a straight pin
I wanted an assortment of macaron colors just like you would find at a bakery, so I used several different colors of polymer clay. Each small pack of polymer clay will yield approximately 2 macaron cookies.
Begin by dividing your package of clay into 4 equal pieces and roll them into balls. Pinch off a smaller portion of white clay for the filling.
Slightly flatten your clay balls so that they all end up roughly the same size, about the diameter of a quarter. Layer the clay onto each other as with the white "filling" in the middle. Then use the side of the straight pin or the poking tool of your clay tools to lightly press a line into the side of the two "cookies" about 1/3 of the way up and down from the filling.
Now use the end of the tool or pin to poke, cross hatch, and pull the clay on the lower portion of the cookie (the part next to the filling) so that it resembles the foot of the macaron. Repeat around the cookies until you have your completed clay macaron.
Once you have all your cookies made, it is time to make your photo holder. Cut the jewelry wire at varying lengths and use your pliers to bend one end of the wire into a paperclip shape. Then insert the straight end into the clay macaron.
Place your clay macarons with metal still in place on a baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes at 275°F. Remove from the oven and let cool before placing your photos in the paper clip.
Aren't they cute? This method gives you such a realistic looking clay macaron!
I used a few photos that I printed out at home, but these little photo holders also work perfectly with the new Instax prints by Fugifilm or any of the Instagram photo printing companies out there.