How to Make a Candy Bouquet
This is obviously a bit of a detour from my usual health-crazed posts, as it’s all about candy, which some people think I never touch. But, I wanted to deliver a bouquet that was just a little bit different to a couple of much-loved cousins of mine (okay, they’re Tim’s cousins…but since Tim and I are “one” in marriage, that makes them MY cousins too, right? At least, that’s how I see it.) It’s really not so difficult to create; next time you want to give someone a bouquet, consider putting together something like this!
What You’ll Need:
- Ring-pops (2-3)
- Lollipops (preferably with a flat back. I used Mickey Mouse lollipops from Downtown Disney) (4-6)
- Dots Candy
- Nerds Rope (1)
- Rock Candy (2-4 spears)
- Bubble Gum Balls, sour candy balls, jawbreakers, etc. to fill in the bottom
- Wooden Skewers
- Floral Wire
- Green Floral Tape
- Double-sided tape
- Floral foam block
- Container for finished bouquet
Create Mickey Mouse Lollipop Flowers:
Step 1: Select paper for petals
Choose multiple shades of paper that match your lollipop. For the orange lollipop, I chose shades of red, orange, and yellow. Then, cut out a flower petal, and when you have a shape that you like, use it as a guide to cut out the rest of the petals.
Step 2: Cut and Prep Petals
Once all the petals are cut out, place double-sided tape on the flat edge of each one (my tape comes in small tabs, which you can buy at any craft store, or wal-mart). Using glue would probably be a little trickier and more time-consuming, and you’d want to put on the glue just before attaching the petal (as opposed to prepping them all at the same time).
Step 3: Curl Petal Tips
Use a wooden skewer, pen, or pencil to curl the edges of the petals. You can curl them in or out, or make a few flowers each way.
Step 4: Attach Petals to Lollipop
Attach the petals to the back of the lollipop, alternating colors. You don’t have to use a Mickey Mouse lollipop, of course, but the flat back made it easy to attach the petals.
Step 5: Layer Petals
Attach a second layer of petals around the edge to add some more dimension to the flower. This second layer doesn’t have to go all the way around: spread out these petals.
Step 6: Create and Attach Stem
Unfortunately, I don’t have pictures of how to add the stem, but I think I can explain it clearly enough. If the lollipop is already the right height, you can simply add the leaf to the existing paper stick and wrap floral tape around it. To make the leaf, cut out a leaf shape in two different shades of green. Use floral wire to “stitch” the leaves together, leaving a little extra wire at the end of the leaf to wrap it around the stem. If you want the stem to be a different height, cut the existing paper stick short (but not completely off), and attach a wooden skewer by wrapping floral wire around the skewer and what’s left of the paper stick. To finish, wrap floral tape around the entire thing, making sure to completely cover any areas that have floral wire. Because there’s wire through the leaf, you can curl it however you like.
Create Ring-Pop Flowers:
I don’t have step-by-step pictures of these flowers, but the process is very similar to the Mickey Mouse Lollipops above.
- Choose multiple shades of paper that match the ring pop
- Cut the papers into large petals. (I made them longer, larger, and narrower than the Mickey Mouse lollipops)
- Curl the petals outward with a pen, pencil, or wooden skewer.
- Attach the petals to the back plastic rim of the Ring-pop with double-sided tape (or glue if you’re feeling adventurous)
- Add the stem by attaching the wooden skewer with floral wire to the part of the ring-pop that would go over your finger.
- Add a leaf and wrap stem with floral tape (More specific directions above with Mickey Mouse lollipop)
Create Dots Spears:
These guys were super simple to make. Just push the Dots onto a wooden skewer. I made some with lots of Dots (7 on a skewer) and some with less (4 Dots on a skewer) to mix it up a little. Then wrap the green floral tape around the skewers.
Create Nerds Rope Spears:
For these, I bought a Nerds rope (It is a long skinny gel-like candy with nerds stuck all over it), and I cut it into three smaller ropes. I wrapped up each small rope into a spiral and stick a skewer through each layer.
Create Rock Candy Spears:
My rock candy kept breaking, so these were kind of tricky to put together. I ended up holding the rock candy next to a skewer and wrapping them together with floral wire many times. When I arranged the bouquet, I placed the rock candy spears behind something short in order to hide the floral wire. If you could find the rock candy that comes with a stick attached, they would probably work much better!
Putting it all Together:
- Use a floral foam block to arrange the bouquet
- Place the floral block in a container. I chose to use this circular cardboard box that I had painted earlier.
- Once everything is arranged, fill the bottom with round candy like gumballs and jawbreakers to cover the foam
The Finished Product:
Tada! Here is the finished product. We transported this thing to Arizona in the back of our car and it made the 6-hour trip without upsetting even one gumball. Well, I don’t really know that, since I didn’t memorize where the gumballs were, but all of the “flowers” and “spears” stayed in place!z