My childhood was populated with hollyhock fairies. They are fast and easy to make and can be made without any tools. Hollyhocks are edible, so the hollyhock dolls make an elegant, but frugal decoration for cupcakes. You need to rinse the hollyhocks well, if you are going to use them to decorate cupcakes.
1 hollyhock bud
1 partially opened hollyhock flower
1. Pull off the sepal petals on the bud to expose the “eyes”:2. Pull or cut off the stem to create the “mouth”: 3. Insert the stem of the flower into one of the holes in the bud: Now stand your hollyhock doll up and she is ready for the party:You can use a toothpick to make your doll more secure. Insert it through the middle of the hollyhock, leaving a bit of toothpick sticking out on top to attach the head, and a little on bottom to insert it into a cupcake: Once the head is attached you can stick the toothpick into a cupcake:
You can also add rosemary or lavender twigs for arms if you choose. I doubt that most people will want to eat their hollyhock doll, but they can if they want to. The petals are slightly sweet, but the white portion of the bud is bitter and is avoided when used for culinary purposes.