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Candy Bouquet

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A very inexpensive container for a candy bouquet is a decorative bag. Just think of all the pretty, fun, cute bags out there that would be perfect to give a ready-made theme for your candy bouquet. The bags in this post are Valentine-related but "think outside the bag" for other occasions. Other items you will need to make a candy bouquet in a bag are candy, wooden skewers, clear tape and foam. Sometimes the foam can be the most expensive part of the bouquet! Look at Dollar Tree for foam on the floral aisle or fill the bags with spray insulation foam. All of the above-pictured foam came from Dollar Tree. Cut the foam to fit as snug in the bag as possible. If you are making lots of candy bouquets in bags, you might want to consider spray insulation foam to fill the bags. It can be tricky but it is inexpensive. Here is a link about using spray foam... "Using Spray Foam In Candy Bouquets". These bags were filled with spray insulation foam. Two are painted, one is not. The most successful candy bouquets in bags that I made were on the small side. These are great for birthday parties, seasonal gifts for co-workers, party favors, etc. because they are greatly appreciated but inexpensive to make. Smaller bags need smaller candies so they won't be top-heavy and tip over. Miniature candy bars in bags are really good for these smaller bags. You can use smaller skewers to support the smaller candy. If you want to hide the skewers, you can pull the flap up on the back of the candy bar (if it has one) and tape the skewer along the fold. Then pull the flap over the skewer and tape it down again, hiding the skewer. These lightweight boxes of candy worked well in the bags also. They don't have flaps on the back so just tape the skewer down securely on the box. On larger candy, you can use clear packing tape if you would like. When you are pushing the skewered candy into the foam, push on the skewer and not the candy. The candy might pop off of the skewer. Keep the larger items towards the center of the foam to help balance it weight-wise. The red kraft paper bags looked a little too plain so I embellished them with stickers from the Dollar Tree. Some of the sticker hearts also got "skewered" and added to the candy mix. An optional item to add to your candy bouquet in a bag is to top it off with crinkled basket filler or colored Easter grass for fun. These bags were a pack of three for $1 at Wal Mart. Small wrapped chocolates were taped onto long toothpicks to be added to this bouquet. These bags were also 3/$1 at WalMart. They were a little smaller but already had a cute design on them. All the candy bouquets in bags shown above only cost about $3 each (or less). I saw a bag that had a great design on it that I also wanted to try a candy bouquet in...it was only $1 and was bigger. It took quite a bit of foam to fill it up. Also it was a bit top-heavy but it was a lot of bang for the buck. I filled it with spray insulation foam. After the foam cured completely, I painted the foam to make it blend in with the color scheme...that is optional. I was making this for my daddy. He loves Hershey bars. I taped ten Hershey bars onto larger wooden skewers. I did use the "hide the skewer" technique... pull flap on back of candy up, place skewer along fold, tape it down with clear tape... ...pull flap over skewer, tape down the flap. Push the skewered candy into the foam spacing them as evenly as possible to distribute the weight. Push on the skewer and not the candy. If you want to hide the foam and/or add some volume you can add basket filler or paper "fluffs". An inexpensive "fluff" is to cut a napkin or tissue paper into a square. Pinch the center of the paper square into a "stem". "Fluff" the rest of the paper upwards like a flower. Tape the stem. Insert the paper fluff between the candy. For the large Hershey bar candy bouquet, the costs were about $15 ($1 bag, $3 foam, $10 candy, $1 skewers). If you would like to see more ideas for adding fun fillers on the tops of your candy bouquets in bags, see this page "Decorative Fillers For Candy Bouquets". Keep your eyes open for fun and inexpensive paper bags to make your candy bouquets in. I promise EVERYONE loves to receive them. For more ideas on Candy Bouquets you click on " Make Candy Bouquets In Lots of Ways".

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Small candy bouquets made in inexpensive containers are great for party favors, teacher's gifts, team parties, co-worker surprises, fund-raisers or any occasion. A good source for containers is Dollar Tree, WalMart, thrift stores or even your own pantry. Keep an open mind and open eyes for bases for small candy bouquets. In addition to a base for a small candy bouquet you will need clear tape, candy, small wooden skewers (or even toothpicks for really little candy), and foam. One of the most inexpensive containers that I used in experimenting/playing around in making small candy bouquets is colorful plastic disposable drinking cups. Valentine's Day Spring St. Patrick's Day Team Spirit (my favorite team is Auburn...colors orange and blue). If you are having a themed-birthday party, these fun re-usable cups from WalMart are less than $1 each... ...Dollar Tree usually has seasonal-themed containers too... ...these seasonal cups are from WalMart...four cups for $1... ...red metal pail from Dollar Tree; purple silk pail from thrift store. Because these small containers don't have much weight to them, you need to use smaller (or lightweight) candies to keep them from tipping over. Bagged mini candies are a great resource for these small candy bouquets. These are Easter candies pictured above. It is better to used wrapped candies for the candy bouquets. It used to be that you could only find miniature candies around Halloween but now you can find bagged miniature candy bars year-round. The wooden picks in the photo above are called "sandwich picks". They are larger than toothpicks but smaller than most wooden skewers. With a lot of the smaller candy that you will use for these small candy bouquets, you will just use clear tape to attach the wooden skewer to the back of the wrapped candy. With some of the mini candy bars, there is a flap on the back. If you want to hide the skewer as much as possible, here's how: Pull the flap up, place the skewer next to the fold, tape the skewer down along the fold, pull the flap down over the skewer, tape the flap down. Some of the candy is so small you can even use toothpicks for these small candy bouquets. I happened across some plastic cocktail "forks" at Dollar Tree which worked also. The foam that you use can be floral foam (which is usually green) or styrofoam (which is white or green). All of the above foams came from the floral aisle at Dollar Tree. Any of them would work for a small candy bouquet. Here is floral foam in a cup (left) and then a cupcake paper liner on top of the same type foam to disguise it. If you are making lots of small candy bouquets, you might want to consider using spray foam. It is trickier than pre-made foam but less expensive. Here is a link if you want to look into spray insulation foam as a filler.. "How To Use Spray Foam As A Filler For Candy Bouquets" When you are pushing the taped candy into the foam, push on the skewer/toothpick/plastic fork more than the candy. The candy might pop off of the support if you put too much pressure on it. If you want to add more embellishment or hide the foam in the small candy bouquet, here are some ways to do that... "Decorative Fillers For Candy Bouquets". Here are some more pictures of the small candy bouquets that I made. They only cost about $2-3 each but the joy that they brought to the people that I gave them to was far beyond that monetary amount. Candy bouquet in solo cup with paper napkin embellishment Candy taped onto skewers and home-made foam painted ready to go equals... Pail from WalMart ($1) with ($1) box of Princess chocolates and message hearts boxes (33 cents each). Spring/Easter candies in green solo cups with full-sized paper napkins pushed into cups before foam was added. Easter cups (4/$1) with candy and Easter grass added on top of foam. Green solo cups and candies/gum for St. Patrick's Day For disposable cups that will just be thrown away you can add some glue to the bottom of the cup to help hold the foam. For cups that folks might want to re-use, don't add glue. Solo cups with team colored orange and blue candies added along with curly ribbon fillers The variety of these small candy bouquets is only limited by your imagination...have fun making them... I know that I did! If you want to see more ideas for candy bouquets, click on this highlighted link... "Make Your Own Candy Bouquets In Lots of Ways".

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