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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Fun Size Candy Paper Flower Bouquet Happy Birthday Arrangement

I made this for my daughter's birthday. I wanted something for the center piece and I had seen the flower bouquets everyone was doing with suckers but I she we (I am sure her brother's will help) like candy better. I decided to use Fun Size Candy Bars in my bouquet. While I was forming this center piece in my mind I popped over to the Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog where they were having a cricut crawl and decided to incorporate some of those ideas into my floral arrangement. They had some really nice projects using those designs. Let me tell the design team over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog which of their ideas I incorporated in my project and we will get to the how to of my fun size candy flowers after that.
The elements I incorporated are:
  • Of course, the Flower Power element featured on Cokie Pop Paper
  • Embossing on a Cricut cut elements featured on Paper Crafts by Candace
  • Die-Cut Negative element from Organized Chaos (This may not be so obvious but I used a round swirl and instead of throwing out the negative I cut a circle around it and used it as a snails shell. ;-) )
  • A swirl element because I don't have a Gypsy featured on Yonique Reflections (I put a swirl on some of the flowers one from the snail I just spoke about above. If it wasn't for these designing team ladies I think the snail would have been shell-less. LOL)
  • The shadow feature element from Light Whimsy
  • Paper piecing element from Addicted to Paper (Boy did I paper piece. LOL)
  • A Food Element Altered featured on Crafty Go Lucky (I assume candy counts as food, but don't tell my kid's I said that! LOL)
  • Thanks to all the members of the design team over at Fantabulous Cricut Challenge Blog I had lots of fun incorporating your ideas into my project.
Now let's get down to how I accomplished the fun size candy flower bouquet. It wasn't really my intention to cover the fun size candy completely. I didn't mind if some of them showed but for the most part they all pretty much ended up being covered and camouflaged. You will need to have some fun size candy on hand for this project. This is what I used. My daughter is pretty picky about the kind of candy she likes.

The list of supplies:
  • Fun Size Candy Bars
  • A pot or vase bottom of some sort to hold your bouquet
  • Floral Foam
  • Light weight wire (I used 24 guage)
  • green floral tape
  • Craft Picks
  • bamboo skewers
  • Terrifically Tack Tape
  • Flowers cut out in various sizes using your cricut or other cutting machine. I used about 3 or 4 different cartridges
  • A title or banner. I have a Happy Birthday SVG available to download in a previous post.
  • Some insects or birds or some kind of life cut outs using your cricut or other cutting machine.
  • Leaves cut out in various sizes using your cricut or other cutting machine.

You want to take your 24 gauge wire and cut it about 5 inches long and wrap it around the bottom of a Craft Pick then you want to it around the bamboo skewers. You want to kind of point it out as if it were a leaf on a stem. You will want to add 3 or 4 craft picks to the bamboo skewers. I wouldn't advise adding more than 4 to a skewer as the candy is a bit more weighty than you think and too many candy bars on one stem can cause it want to bend and not stand up straight.


A close up.

Now you will want to wrap your craft tape around the skewer going up just enough around the craft pick to cover the wire.

Once you have the skewers covered you will want to take the fun size candy and flip it to the back. Most of the wrapper labels have little flaps that you can lift up. Take some Terriffically Tacky Tape and and run it along this flap. Now place the craft pick in between the flap and wrapper. Think of a leaf protuding out. On the Reese Cups, there is no flap. I just slide the craft picks through the back of the wrapper. The craft picks will poke out the top of the Reese Cups but you can just cover the the part that sticks out with a bug, flower or something.

Once you have all your candy branches added to the stem you want to start taping your flowers and leaves onto the candy bars to cover them. When you are done covering all the candy with flowers put the flowers stems into the floral craft foam and arrange them to look cute. After all the flowers are planted into the foam add the insects. That is is your done with your fun size candy flower bouquet. Now you can start picking your flowers and eating them. YUM!

 

21 comments:

Mad Crafter said...

I love this:) This is so cool. I love how it turned out!
~Madison

Candace Pelfrey said...

Wow, this is great!! Great job incorporating all of those elements! I love the food element :) Thanks for joining us in our crawl!

Lori (THCEO) said...

Soooooooo stinkin' cute! I just love this idea...unfortunately it wouldn't last long around me (I'm a choco-holic!). Thanks so much for incorporating my element and submitting your FANTABULOUS work! :)

DtsArt said...

Your Cricut Crawl was lots of fun! Thanks for all the great articles. I am a choco-holic too! I didn't start eating any of the candy while making it or it would have been gone and none left for her tree

Melissa said...

This is awesome!! It is so bright and cheery!!

Val said...

How cool!! You did awesome putting all the pieces together, very creative:) Thanks for participating in our FCCB crawl, and adding a food element;)

PenLight said...

wow, oh wow, this is fantastic. I love it. Love all the chocolate, love how you worked it. Love the food element! Fantastic project.
Thanks for joining us at the FAntabulous Cricut Crawl!

Cokie Pop Paper Boutique said...

Love, Love, Love your flowers. So glad you incorporated that into your project. Thaks for playing with us at Fantabulous Cricut.

The Cropping Canuck said...

This is great! Don't show my daughter. lol

Leanne said...

This is sooo cool! I wished I was able to think outside of the box more! I bet ya'll had fun eating the mini candy bars to!!

goatesgirl said...

I love this. I am almost finished with my entry for this challenge. Just need to add picures to my LO.

DtsArt said...

Oh thank you. This project was really fun to make.
WOW I really like all the comments on this post. So many people I recognize and admire their work from the cricut MB. Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to post!
~GoatesGirl can't wait to see what you do.

Jean said...

Great idea! Who wouldn't want to receive a gift with chocolate, lol.

Sharon said...

Great centerpiece! :)

Lolliscraps said...

This really turned out cute! I love the colors!

Lori Apgar said...

YUMMY!!! What a great flower bouquet! I like your step by step instructions with tons of photos!

Tammy said...

This is by far the coolest candy bouquet ever! I LOVE IT!!! definately going to have to add it to my someday to do list. Thanks for playing along with us.

Robin's Creative Cottage said...

Wow!! What a fantastically yummy bouquet, great instructions too. I'm so glad you joined up at FCCB for our first Cricut Crawl! Thank you!!

Ladybug Designs said...

That is such a fun project.
Anybody would love a gift like that. I also love your blog page.
Thanks for playing with us over at FCCB
~Sharon

Kate said...

Fabulous bouquet! Congratulations on your win!

DtsArt said...

Kate
Thank you I am very excited to have won!

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