I just love Valentine’s Day! Part of the fun for me is making little handmade gifts for my loved ones. Today I wanted to share what I will be giving to my grandmother and parents tomorrow – a cute Valentine Candy Bouquet!
I shared with you earlier how to make Candy Kiss Roses. I decided to take it one step further and turn the roses into a Valentine Candy Bouquet. I can’t wait to see my grandma’s face when I bring it to her tomorrow! The center of the roses are Hershey Kisses and the little container is filled with pink and red M&M’s to hide the flower stems.
You can use any small shaker container as your vase. The container I used is a cheese shaker. You can find them for a couple of dollars at discount stores or you might even be able to find one at your local dollar store. If you are going to be filling it with M&M’s, be sure to wash it in hot soapy water and then allow it to dry completely.
Materials needed for this Valentine Candy Bouquet project:
- Valentines Hershey Kisses with pink, red, and white foils
- Valentines M&M’s (pink and red)
- Cheese shaker
- 1 inch Leaf Punch (or you can cut these with an e-cutter if you have one)
- Scraps of Green Cardstock
- 18 Gauge Floral Stems in green
- Wire cutters
- Die Cut Machine
- Spiral Flower Die
- Cardstock in Red, Pink, and White
- Glue Gun
- 1/2 inch Glue Dots
- Red Ribbon or Rick Rack
- Tags 4 You Stamp Set
- Bracket Label Punch
- Red Ink
I know that seems like quite the list, but you may already have a lot of the supplies on hand in your crafting stash. I only had to buy a few things for this project.
I recommend assembling this project assembly line style. I started by preparing all my leaves, flowers, and stems. That way everything was all ready for assembling with the hot glue.
Start by making enough leaf punched shapes for each flower . My shaker had 11 holes in the lid, so I needed 11 leaves total. I used a leaf punch I already had in my collection, but really any leaf that is about 1 inch in size will work. You may already have a punch, die, Cricut cartridge, or SVG file on hand that you can use. Set the leaves aside.
Next, cut all your flower shapes in your die cut machine. The nice thing about the Sizziz Flower Spiral die is that it is a steel-rule die so you can cut more than one shape at a time. I was able to cut 4 pieces of cardstock at one time which made quick work of it. You can get 4 spiral flowers from one sheet of 8.5 x 11 inch cardstock. I used pink, red, and white cardstock to match the foils on the Hershey Kisses, but feel free to use whatever colors you like.
Now that you have cut your spiral shapes, you will want to roll the shape around a pen or pencil, starting with the thinner end. Roll it all up to the end base tab, then remove it from the pen, letting it unwind slightly. This will make forming the flowers easier later. Set the flowers aside.
Next we want to prepare the stems. Cut the stem wire into 8 inch lengths. (You can always cut them shorter when you are putting them in your container if need be.) Form a small loop on the end of the wire. Bend the loop down to form a 90 degree angle. This will form the base for your roses.
Now we are ready to assemble the roses. I found it easier to do each step for all 11 roses at once. Use a dab of hot glue to attach the stem loop to the bottom of the base of the flower die cut.
Now add another small dot of hot glue to the top of the loop and attach your leaf. Set aside to cool and finish this step for your remaining spiral die cuts.
Now flip the flower over and add a 1/2 inch glue dot to the other side of the flower base. You could technically use hot glue for this step too, but I find it melts the candies slightly.
Press the Hershey Kiss into your glue dot. As you can see, we aren’t worrying about forming the flower around the kiss yet.
Now we are ready to form the flowers around the candy. I simply pushed the spiral down over the candy and then twirled it slightly until I got the flower looking like I wanted it.
To keep the shape, add a dab of hot glue to the inside of the last petal and press to the next petal layer. I found it useful to use tweezers to hold the two paper layers together until the hot glue cooled.
After you have assembled all your flowers, fill your container with M&M candies and then insert your roses.
A bit of ribbon and a stamped tag is all you need to finish off your Valentine Candy Bouquet. I used the “Happy Heart Day” stamp from the Tags 4 You set and then punched it out with the coordinating Bracket Label punch. I used hot glue to attach the ribbon and punched shape to the container.