FREE Fondant Tutorial: John Deere Tractor

I put together a FREE step-by-step tutorial, quite in-depth, on how to make this little John Deere cake topper.  It’s posted here; check it out!

So here’s what we’re making. Can you tell this little toy has been LOVED?

 

Start with a basic shape of the body of the tractor:

 

Roll out 4 black balls for the tires and 4 yellow balls for the centers of the tires:

 

I have a habit of using my fondant smoother to press balls into circles:

 

Use an Exacto knife (or whatever you have handy) and make treads:

 

Use the end of your small rolling pin (or whatever you have handy) to round the inside of the tires:

 

Time for the 4 yellow balls.  Break each ball into 2 parts; a big part and a small part, now you have 8 of them:

 

The big yellow ball gets flattened and becomes the center of the tire:

 

The small yellow ball remains somewhat rounded (press it down just a bit) and becomes the hub of the tire:

 

Use a toothpick (or whatever you have handy) to make lug marks:

 

The body has to be off the ground, so put a piece of fondant underneath.  I used black so it wouldn’t be too obvious when it was finished:

 

Make sure it’s about the right height:

 

Glue on the wheels with a bit of water:

 

Roll 6 green balls:  4 for the mudflaps over the tires, and 2 for the hitch (one of the hitch balls should be notably smaller than the other):

 

Using a toothpick (or whatever you have handy) make an indentation for the hitch.

 

Roll the bigger of the two small balls into a teardrop shape, add a touch of water to the pointed end and insert into hole for hitch.  Add a tiny dot of water on the “hitch” and rest the small ball on top:

 

Now go ahead and shape the 4 bigger balls into your mudflaps.  We’ll let them sit and firm up a few minutes while we put on our windows.

 

Roll out black fondant very thin.  This is a great time to use left over pieces, as we’ll be cutting it down very small:

 

Use an Exacto knife (or whatever cutting tool you use) and cut the pieces for the window. Watch your edges and keep them neat. Use a bit of water to adhere the windows to the tractor:

 

Now do the other side:

 

Our mudflaps are probably firm enough now to glue them into place. Use a bit of water for glue:

 

Glue the front ones on:

 

Now the back ones:

 

Use your ball tool (or whatever you have handy) to make pockets for the eyes:

 

Roll out white circles for the eyes and adhere with a tiny drop of water:

 

Roll out blue balls for the eyes and adhere with a tiny drop of water:

 

Roll out black balls for pupils and adhere with a tiny drop of water:

 

Roll out a tiny white ball for the “twinkle” in the eye.  Cut it in half to be sure they’re the same size and glue on with a tiny drop of water:

 

Roll a piece of thin fondant for the grill and adhere with a bit of water:

 

Roll a snake of red fondant for the smile, press to flatten and adhere with a bit of water:

 

Roll a piece of thin white fondant and cut 4 teeth.  Also, don’t miss a little bit of white in the center of the grill for the tiny tiny tiny John Deere symbol. Adhere with a bit of water:

 

From that same white fondant that you used for the teeth, cut 2 rectangles for “chome-look” eyebrows and use your Exacto knife (or whatever you have handy) to section them each into 3 parts.

 

Then bust out the silver airbrush paint (or silver luster dust, etc.) and paint them (full strength with a paint brush is fine) so they look shiny and metallic:

 

Finish up by rolling a tiny yellow snake of fondant for the stripe down the front fenders. Make a tear drop shape out of one end of the snake and adhere to front fenders using a tiny drop of water:

 

Finished view from the front:

 

Tsk Tsk, at the end I realized I had missed a yellow bit under the “smile” – so i went back and added it.  Now he’s DONE!

 

  • Claudia Blum

    I love the tutorial! You make it very easy to be able to reproduce this at home! Thank you!
    P.s you are sooo very talented :)

  • Mary Chandler

    Awesome. Thank you for sharing. :-)

  • Radhika

    So detailed! Thank you Peggy!

  • http://www.satinicefondant.net Julie_satinicefondant

    Hi Peggy, you really made a great tutorial with fantastic photos!
    I really love how you make such a tractor out of fondant. I’ve been baking quite a few cakes and using fondant to make my cake decorations.
    I’ll try to make something similar next time, maybe even a farm themed cake. That would be cool.
    Anyway, enjoy the baking, Julie.
    http://www.satinicefondant.net -> my website :)