With Halloween a month away, I’ve been trying to come up with a cute gift idea for teachers, neighbors and special friend and family members.
Obviously what I’m going for is something that is cheap and easy, but *LOOKS* crafty enough to make me seem super talented and impressive.
I think I hit the jackpot with these adorable candy bouquets.
They’re cheap, incredibly easy to put together (I actually had a lot of fun doing it) AND are completely cute.
Here’s how to amaze your friends and neighbors:
You need mini buckets and basket filler.
I bought the buckets AND the filler at Target in the dollar bins. They had so many cute buckets to choose from, and you can’t beat $1 each!!
The basket filler is enough for fill about 6 buckets, so that will give you an idea on how much to buy.
This is to hold the sticks of candy. One long rectangle is enough for about 3 buckets.
Lollipop sticks, for hot gluing the candy to.
Choose candy that is fun sized (if using mini buckets like I did) and individually wrapped.
You also want various sizes, so the candy can be arranged according to size. If you have a bunch of larger candies that are the same shape, your bouquet will look a little too messy and overwhelming.
I bought these cardstock stickers in the scrapbooking section of Michaels craft store. I thought they added a cute accent to my candy bouquets, but you can do without if you want.
Start by cutting a piece of foam to fit in the bucket.
Cutting it in a block is fine…you’ll fill the top with basket filler, so no gaps will be showing.
Pipe a strip of hot glue on the back of your candy wrapper (vertically). You want to go about halfway up, so the candy is firmly anchored.
Press your lollipop stick on the hot glue and let it cool.
You really want to use hot glue and not super glue. The sticks can easily come off of the hot glue, and the point of all this is for people to actually be able to EAT the candy.
Also, hot glue is not toxic, so it’s completely safe. Not that anyone will be eating it anyways.
Once the glue has cooled, begin inserting into the foam.
You want to place larger/taller candy towards the back, and stagger your candy so that it gets progressively lower in the front. The foam gives you the ability to push the candy in the front deeper down.
Also, notice that the candy on the sides is angled out slightly and I use identical candy to flank sides the bouquet. This gives it a fuller and more uniform “neat” appearance.
Place the smallest candy in the front.
At this point, I had to push the sticks almost all the way down in the foam so that all gaps were covered. The point is to be able to see all the candy in the bouquet, but not really see the sticks.
Add your embellishments (if using) and cover all the foam with basket filler.
These are so easy, once you get your materials out and ready to go you should be able to get them done very quickly.
Share these with someone special in your life.
Especially a teacher. I hear they love candy.
Enjoy and have a happy Tuesday!!