Learn How to Make Elegant Candy Bouquets for any Occasion
Chocolate candy bouquets look wonderful in vases!
Although I sometimes use baskets, tins, pots, or even re-purposed tin cans... a glass vase is my go-to container for edible bouquets that needs a touch of elegance.
Not only do glass vases add a classy touch to a candy bouquet, your gift recipient gets a new vase for their home!
In my opinion, pretty much anytime is a good time to give a chocolate candy bouquet... because seriously, chocolate in a vase? Hard to go wrong!
The candy bar bouquet featured in this tutorial, is one I made for a homemade wedding gift and it was super fun to give! I'll be sure to link to the printable Wedding gift tags in case you want to use them for your own homemade gift project.
There are many great occasions for DIY candy bouquets... by simply choosing the best colors and candy for your gift recipient, your candy gift will be both beautiful and tasty no matter what the occasion!
Learning how to make candy bouquets in glass vases is very easy! There are however, a few tricks to making them look full and beautiful, which I will explain below.
I hope you enjoy reading about this delicious no-bake homemade food gift idea and decide to make some of your own! If you do... share your photos in our gallery!
Chocolate Candy Bouquet Instructions
Above, I've explained the best occasions to make a chocolate candy bouquet as well as why chocolate candy bouquets look awesome in glass vases.
Now it's time to show you exactly how I create these fun and easy homemade gifts...
Choosing a Vase...
The first thing you'll want to do is choose a vase. The easiest vase to use is one that will easily fit a piece of floral foam inside. The straight edge vase I use here is common in dollar stores and crafts stores and it works great for this project.
Use any vase you want but know that you may need to tweak the project just a bit to accommodate different sizes and styles.
Gather Your Supplies...
For this chocolate candy bouquet I used...
Candy Bouquet Tip... You don't absolutely have to have the tissue paper and cellophane but it's one of my tricks to creating a nicely supported, full looking, polished looking candy bouquet in a vase!
Step 1. Prepare the vase. If your vase is tall like mine, put some glass beads or other filler inside your vase first, leaving room for the floral foam on top. Cut a strip of tissue paper and wrap it around the floral foam. Check that everything fits perfectly and adjust as needed.
Another tip... if you need your floral foam to be shorter, you can easily cut it with a flat edge knife.
Step 2. Prepare the Tissue Paper.
Lay your square of cellophane down with the points in a diamond position. Lay your remaining two pieces of tissue paper on top of the cellophane. Fold the bottom corner of the cellophane and tissue paper up and the two side corners in. How far up and over you fold the corners depends on the vase you use and height of the candy... adjust as needed.
Roll the tissue around the floral foam and insert into vase as shown below... This technique provides a beautiful back drop for your candy bouquet.
Step 3. Prepare the Candy.
Hold each candy bar up to the vase and determine if part of the wooden skewer needs to be trimmed to get the height you want. Trim as needed, always trimming from the blunt side. The pointy sides are needed to puncture the floral foam.
Using clear packing tape, adhere a wooden skewer to the back of each candy bar.
Step 4. Stick Candy Bars in Place.
Place each candy in it's place by pushing the sticks into the floral foam starting with the tallest and working your way forward.
Step 5. Decorate.
Decorate your candy bouquet however you like using craft cord, ribbon, raffia and/or gift tags. Here, I chose to wrap silver craft cord several times around the vase. I attached a homemade gift tag and then tied the cord in a bow.
And you're done! Wasn't that easy :)
...I'd like to thank my lil' helper below. She gave me lots of great advice as I created this fun little wedding gift and she says (wielding a pair of plastic toy pliers I might add) "I'm helping Mama!"
More Tips for Making a Beautiful and Unique Candy Bouquet in a Vase...
When using a clear vase with a wide enough opening, it's possible to put candy inside the vase rather than glass beads.
Experiment and have fun! Just be sure to leave room above for your floral foam and you'll be set.
If you choose to include loose candy like shown to the left, I suggest first enclosing it in a clear cellophane bag so that your gift recipient knows it is safe to eat.
To do this, put the bag in first, then pour in the candy, twist and tie the top. Last, just tuck down the top and insert your floral foam on top.
Little planter pots also make a really cute container for DIY candy arrangements!
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