Friday, February 8, 2013

Valentine's Candy Bouquet

Here is a how-to for making your own Valentine candy bouquets for your kids, teachers, neighbors, co-workers, or anyone who needs a little extra love this Valentine's Day.  Here are the supplies I used:  acrylic heart cup $2.30, red felt $0.23, glitter hearts $1.50, Brach's Hearts $0.05 (clearance one year- they don't expire, do they?  Nah.), Russel Stover Chocolates $2, Godiva Milk Chocolate bar $1.91, sucker cluster $1 =  $9 per bouquet.  Additional supplies:  hot glue, wooden skewers, Styrofoam, scissors.
Place the felt in the cup.  I added a couple of rocks at the bottom to offset the weight of the candy stems.  Break apart a piece of Styrofoam and place it inside the cut.  You will insert the skewers into the Styrofoam to hold the candy stems in place.  
 Trim your wooden skewers to desired length.  Hot glue the blunt side of the wooden skewers to the backs of the candy and allow the glue to cool.
 Insert the pointy side of the candy skewers into the Styrofoam.  Arrange candy as desired.  Mix it up and use different candies or even a stuffed animal.  Don't want to spend $9 per arrangement?  Ditch the Godiva and grab a Hershey's Bar.  You could use a red Dixie Cup instead of a fancy container (just make sure you place something heavy at the bottom).
Even for my self-proclaimed non-crafty friends, this is a quick and easy project sure to deliver smiles to the recipient.
Just to tease my kids, I placed the two candy bouquets on top of the mantel.  
As a florist, I know most people love to receive flowers (even the people who say "don't get me flowers because they just die"), but some people can't enjoy flowers due to allergies.  Others just get more joy out of sugar.  The candy bouquet is a fantastic alternative to a floral bouquet for Valentine's Day.  Disclaimer:  the candy may or may not last longer than flowers.

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