Friday, April 27, 2012

Candy 'Flower' Arrangement.

Last year for B's Nutcracker ballet, I gave her a candy bouquet I made instead of flowers.  Here she is after one of the shows with her bouquet.

It was super easy to make and I will probably do this every year now for my daughters instead of flowers.  Using the same techniques, I made two Candy Flower arrangements for gifts recently.  Here is how I made mine.

Candy bars (I used mini size for the arrangement, but regular size for the bouquet)
Bag of small candy (like M&M's or Reese Pieces)
Flower foam
Reynold's wrap
Wooden dowels
Card stock
Plastic packaging tape
Ribbon, plastic wrap (optional)
Any other embellishments you like (I got some butterflies and grass)

I started by making a simple flower pattern, tracing it on card stock and cutting out the flowers, 3 for each arrangement.

Next, I cut the foam to fit inside the containers and covered it with foil. Then I put a loop of packaging tape on the bottom and put it in the container.  You can also glue it to the bottom, but I wanted the recipients to be able to pull it out and re-purpose the containers, so I just taped mine.

Next, I cut the dowels to various lengths.  Using packaging tape, I taped the dowels to the card stock flowers.  I taped York Peppermint patties to the center of each flower.  Then I just poked the dowel into the floral foam.

Then I just taped additional candy bars to the dowels of various sizes and continued arranging.  I also added some grass and the butterfly.

Once I had it arranged like I wanted, I poured the smaller candy, in this case York Peppermint Patty pieces into the bottom of the container.  This covers the foil covered floral foam.

Finally, I wrapped the base with plastic and tied a bow...all done!!

Here's the other one I made....

Every time I give one of these, the recipient LOVES it!  I think they turn out so cute (and delicious)!  I think these would make a great Mother's Day gift, too.


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