Regan and Declan make a Candy Bouquet. These are fun and easy to do and will keep the kids occupied for a long time!
A candy bouquet is a sweet gift for any occasion, and making a bouquet from candy is almost as much fun as receiving it. Use your imagination and make a colorful, personalized gift that your friend won’t ever forget — even after he or she has eaten all the candy. If you want to know how to make a candy bouquet, just follow these steps.
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Choose a container for your candy bouquet. Be creative and personalize the container to fit the person you’re making the bouquet for. A sand pail makes a great container for a child’s bouquet. Use a parfait cup, coffee cup, or a soup mug for a friend, co-worker or teacher; a vintage tin for an antique collector; a small tackle box for an angler; a clay or plastic flower pot for a gardener or a popcorn bucket for a movie buff.
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Stock up on a good supply of candy. Choose candy that you or the giftee loves, as well as candy that looks visually appealing and stands out. You should stock up on a variety of wrapped candies such as bubble gum, small candy bars, toffees, or chocolate kisses. Any securely wrapped candy will work.
Choose colors appropriate for the occasion, such as bright primary colors for a young child, pink and blue for a baby shower, gold or silver for an anniversary, black and orange for Halloween, red and white for Valentine’s Day, green and white for St. Patrick’s day or red and green for Christmas.
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Use a glue gun to secure a chunk of Styrofoam to fit tightly in the bottom of the container. Trace the bottom of the container onto the chunk of Styrofoam and then cut out the shape you’ve made and glue it to the bottom of the container, putting glue on the sides and the bottom of the shape. Wait a few minutes for the Styrofoam to dry completely before you put the candy in — unless you’d also like to glue the candy to the sides of the container.
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Wrap a wooden skewer with green floral tape and stick it in the center of a Styrofoam ball. You can also use a thick popsicle stick instead of a skewer. Anything that is long and thick enough to hold up the candy will do. Insert the skewer into the center of the Styrofoam base, securing the skewer with a dab of glue. Put a small amount of glue on the other end of the skewer, then poke the glued end into the center of a Styrofoam ball.
Use a Styrofoam ball appropriate for the size of your container. As a general rule, a ball the size of a tennis ball or baseball works well for most arrangements.
You can also wrap the Styrofoam ball with green tape or paint it green, for an added effect.
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Use floral pins to attach the wrapped candy to the Styrofoam ball. Pin one or both ends of each wrapped candy. Continue pinning the candy to the ball one at a time until it is completely covered with wrapped candies. When you’ve done this, you can also stick the skewer into the Styrofoam at the bottom of the container.
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Pin silk leaves between a few of the candies. Alternatively, use small bows and loops tied from narrow, ¼-inch ribbon. Pick any design that would make the candy bouquet look even more festive and visually appealing.
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Camouflage the top of the container with shredded paper or dried sphagnum moss. This will make the bouquet look more finished and will hide the Styrofoam bottom. You can also stick a few candy canes or pieces of candy appropriate to the occasion into the bottom of the basket. Finish your candy bouquet by tying a big, colorful bow around the container.
Candy Bar Bouquet
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Use a glue gun to glue boxes of candy around each edge of a Styrofoam block. Get a Styrofoam block that is about the size of a brick and glue a box of candy around each of its four sides. Put the glue on the block and then stick the boxes to the glue. Using boxes of candy like Hot Tamales or the boxed M&Ms or Sno-Caps you can find at the movies are perfect for covering the Styrofoam block. Turn the box sideways, so the long way is facing up, and make sure that the top and bottom do not have candy bars glued to them.
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Glue at least 6-8 candy bars to popsicle sticks. Glue a variety of candy bars, like Snickers, Hershey’s, Crunch bars, or Butterfingers, to popsicle sticks so that about 2 inches (5 cm) of the popsicle stick is glued to the candy bar.
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Stick the popsicle sticks into the top of the Styrofoam block. Once the glue on the Styrofoam block has dried, you can stick the popsicle sticks into the top of the block so that the candy bars are evenly spaced.