Hey, Pizzazzerie readers! It’s Cara from One Swell Studio!
Summertime is in full swing! (Yay!) With a little bit of extra downtime over the summer, it’s the perfect time to whip up something fun to give a special someone to let them know you’re thinking of them. I created this adorable little candy bouquet that would make the perfect little “thinking of you” gift. (The best part? You can pick up every thing you need at the neareset Dollar Tree!)
Here’s what you need to create your own.
- Candy. (Lots of it!)
I used three different types of candy for this bouquet. The first is boxed candy (the kind that you can get at the movie theater). This will be your base for the bouquet. The second kind of candy is what I like to call “tall & supportive.” Try to find candies that are sturdy and at least 4-5 inches long. Things like rolls of hard candies, candy bars, and king-sized packages work really well! Lastly, you’ll need small filler candy. I used fruit-flavored Tootsie Rolls, Smarties & Pixie Sticks.
- A Styrofoam block
- Paper Filler
- Wooden skewers
- Your trusty hot glue gun
- A pair of sharp scissors
1. Using your hot glue gun, attach the boxed candy to the sides of the Styrofoam block and hold the boxes tightly against the block until the glue is set. (I snagged this floral foam in the craft section at Dollar Tree. (I *did* have to glue the pieces together to give it the height I needed, but it was easy. I promise!)
2. Next, grab a handful of the paper filler and place it inside the “vase” you’ve made using the candy boxes and foam block. This adds a little pop of color and hides the foam block.
3. Start placing your large, sturdy candy into the base. For the lollipops, I just inserted the sticks. For the “stickless” candies, I used a dab of hot glue to attach the package to a wooden skewer. This helped add height and support.
4. Next, you’ll want to start attaching the filler candies to more wooden skewers. For softer candies, you can simply insert the pointed end of the skewer carefully into the candy (leave the wrapper on!). For hard candies, you can use a tiny piece of scotch tape wrapped around the candy & skewer to keep it attached.
5. Using the “filler” candy (I used Tootsie Rolls, Smarties & Pixie Sticks), start placing the candy skewers evenly throughout the bouquet. Keep adding candy until your bouquet is nice and full.
6. Last, but certainly not least– add some extra cuteness to the bouquet by wrapping ribbon around the boxes of candy and tying a bow in the front. (A bow makes everything a little bit cuter, doesn’t it?!)
This sweet bouquet would be perfect to give as a special, unexpected little pick-me-up present this summer. If you’d like to make one of your own, be sure to share your photos! We’d love to see them!
Cara is the owner/designer behind One Swell Studio. After becoming a stay-at-home mom, she discovered the world of party planning & soon found herself deeply in love with styling dessert tables & designing party decor. She opened the virtual doors to her Etsy shop, One Swell Studio, in December 2010. Read more about Cara here…