Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist.
Is It Hard to Make a Candy Bouquet?
Candy bouquets purchased at the store or florist can be quite expensive. In fact, the one pictured above sells for about $17 at my local grocery store, and the bouquet only had six candy bars! Similar candy bouquets with small mylar balloons on a stick also sell for $20. If you like the look (and idea) of a candy bouquet but don't want to shell out big bucks for it, why not make one yourself? You likely have most of the supplies at home. The most difficult part of the whole process will be narrowing down the choices of candies to include in the bouquet—well, that and not eating the goodies while you fashion the bouquet.
Whether you decided to choose a variety of candies to add to the bouquet or stick with the recipient’s favorite snack, your gift is sure to be a hit!
What You’ll Need
- Full-sized candy bars
- Mini candy bars
- Bamboo skewers
- Craft foam
- Container (such as vase or gift bag)
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Filler/stuffing (such as tissue paper)
- Select candy that is rigid and not too heavy. If the intended recipient’s favorite candy happens to be something heavy (such as a 100 Grand bar), consider looking for a miniature version of the candy bar instead.
- Flip the back flap in the “wrong” direction, and place a strip of hot glue along the seam.
- Insert a bamboo skewer in the glue. Add more glue if necessary, and flip the wrapper back into place. If using mini versions of candy, glue several candy pieces up on the same skewer.
- Set the glued candy aside to dry. Repeat for all the selected candy bars.
- Insert the foam piece into your desired container.
- Decide what you want the front of your container to be.
- Poke the bottom of the candied skewer into the foam, with the front of the candy bar facing forward.
- Poke the remaining skewers into the foam in a fanned out (or rainbow-shaped) arrangement. Position some skewers higher and some lower to hide the naked skewers. Keep the placement somewhat tight and more upright than spread out, (think of an upside-down “U” shape) so your container doesn’t tip over.
- Set the mini candies on top of the foam so that it is completely covered up.
- If you're using a see-through glass or vase, add more miniature candies around the base of the container so that the foam is obscured. You can also tuck tissue paper around the inside of the container.
Tips and Tricks
1. Instead of using a vase or gift bag, fashion a container from four large “theatre” size candy boxes.
- Stand the boxes up and glue the sides together to form a box.
- Glue a piece of foam in the center of the box.
- Stick the skewered pieces of candy in the foam.
2. If the glue doesn’t seem to be adhering to the packing very well, secure the candy to the skewer with some packing tape along the backside of the package.