OK, who doesn’t like receiving chocolate? Let me know and I’ll happily give you my forwarding address! 🙂 BUT, giving chocolate can be a bit booooring, right? I mean, there’s only so many ways to wrap up a box of chocs. So if you looking for a different way to give away chocolates as a present, then this chocolate bouquet will be right up your street! It’s so versatile and you can change the look of it, depending on what sweets and colours you use.
here’s what you need to create your chocolate bouquet
- Roll of florist tape
- A variety of chocolates in wrappers (I used a combination of approximately 30 Lindor chocolate and chocolate hearts together but of course you can chose your favourite)
- A packet of long wooden skewers
- A glue gun (a basic hobby glue gun will do)
- Sheets of tissue paper in your choice of colour
- Florist cellophane or organza
- Florist foam
- A gift bag or box
- Something to keep down the box (marbles, small pebbles etc).
Let’s get started
Start by weighing down the box so it doesn’t topple over when you start adding the “flowers”. I used some glass pebbles that I no longer use but some old marbles or basic pebbles from the garden will do the trick just fine.
Add the florist foam to the box on top of the “weights”. This will create the your base for adding the flowers. You will be sticking the skewers into the foam to build up the chocolate bouquet.
If your chocolates do not have wrappers that can be tied around the skewers, take your glue gun and glue the skewer to the back of the chocolate wrapper. (See above for how I did this with the heart chocolates.) Simply gently press the skewer down into the warm glue and leave it to cool down for it to set. Repeat this for all the chocolates.
With the Lindor chocolates, I undid one side of the sweet and put the skewer into the wrapper (taking care not to pierce the chocolate – you don’t need the skewer to touch the sweet). Twirl the wrapper around the skewer and take a piece of floral tape to secure the sweet to the skewer. Make sure it’s pretty tight (this is why I use floral tape, it’s very flexible but very strong). Repeat this process for all the sweets until all of them are on skewers.
Next, take a piece of tissue paper and cut it into a square. The size is personal preference but I used a piece of roughly 20 x 20 cm.
Do the same with the cellophane or organza. Put both squares on top of each other. Find the centre of the tissue/organza squares and stick the skewer in the middle so that the tissue/organza combination form a “flower” around the chocolate centre. Finally tie the tissue/organza around the skewer with the floral tape to secure it.
Putting the chocolate bouquet together
I didn’t add tissue and organza to all skewers to avoid it getting too hectic. I started off with 10 skewers that had both organza and tissue paper around them. Spread them around the floral foam and fill up the gaps with the skewers without the tissue/organza. However, of course you can have a play with the display and see what feels right for you. You can always add more organza and tissue to the skewers if you want a fuller display. I didn’t take photos of this part (oopsie!), but I hope it speaks for itself.
Simply push the skewers into the foam and start to build up the display. When you are pushing the “flowers”, make sure you are holding the skewer to push and not the chocolate, as this may fall off. Add more chocolates and tissue/organza combination depending on what effect you want to achieve.
The final result!
Now how much nicer is this chocolate bouquet to give, rather than a wrapped up box? It’s almost too good to give away! I make this one for a Valentine’s gift, but of course you can adjust it for any occasion!
I’d love to see what you create so don’t forget to upload your creation to your favourite social media platform and tag me 🙂
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