Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Valentine Candy Bouquet

 This is what happens when I am stuck in the house recovering from being sick with limited access to crafting supplies...I get creative with candy! I didn't have the energy to hit the craft stores, so my major shopping trips were to the grocery store. It's amazing what you can find if you look hard enough!
I have a hard time passing by the Valentine bulk candy without stopping to fill a bag.  Red and pink gumdrops, jellybeans, red hots....I can't help it!  They are just so darn cute.  I also found Valentine candy corn. Gross to eat, but they make perfect petals for flowers.  
For the base of the candy flowers, I used Styrofoam discs that I painted red with craft paint.  I poked the small dowel into the Styrofoam disc and added a bit of hot glue to stabilize the foam. 
Each piece of candy was added with a hot glue gun. I made sure to use a low temp gun to avoid some serious burns to the fingers!
I also grabbed a bag of gummy ring candy (Peach O's) at the store that fit perfectly around the large gum drops. 
For the heart shapes flowers, I used heart shaped cookie cutters to cut into the foam. The cookie cutters worked surprisingly well on the foam!  
I gave it a good crunch with the cookie cutter and then cleaned the rest up with a knife.  I think the red hot hearts are my favorite.

Painting the Styrofoam the same color as the candy helps to hide the gaps.

 Nicole and I have made candy topiaries a couple of times, like the Jelly Bean and Halloween topiaries.
(I missed Nicole this time...she didn't want to catch what I had!) In those cases, we used Styrofoam balls, which are easier to place candy around.  You have to get creative with candy placement on the discs. 
I filled the edges of these flowers with red hots to avoid getting too bulky.

I hot glued layers of Styrofoam into the glass vase, making sure there was room for the jellybeans to fit along the side. Next I added the flowers, then filled the vase with pounds of jellybeans. I used heart lollipops to fill in the empty spaces. All of the stems were wrapped with green floral tape and the heart leaves were made from scrap paper.
It's nice to know I can still enjoy Valentine's candy without having to eat it.  It's also a lot less tempting to eat when there's gobs of hot glue on each piece! :)

  A Little Inspiration


steph said...

even when you're sick you're amazing!! i love it all!!!

Cary M. said...

You did it again, so cute . I love it. Where did you get the bulk candy? I love the candy corn. :)

Karen said...

I love this! So cute and creative!! Love the gummy hearts as the petals. So colorful:)

Creatique Candy said...

Absolutely Stunning! I hope you get to feeling better soon. It is lovely to read about a story with you Nicole and the creations you come up with during these times. I'm in LOVE with it. Pinning, hope you do not mind. HUGS TFS

Krystal said...

This is seriously the cutest thing ever! I'm totally blown away. Love it!

Bonnie and Trish @ Uncommon Designs said...

So adorable! I just love it when you see ordinary objects like candy transformed into little masterpieces! Would be thrilled for you to share this at our link party!

Candace & Nicole said...

Thanks ladies for the kind words!
Cary M.- The bulk candy is from Winco, they have a great selection and it's cheap too!


Cary M. said...

Thanks so much Candace!!
I just love all the projects you two make.
I check the blog almost daily. :)

Kim @ Plumberry Pie said...

WOW! These are absolutely adorable! Love them. So glad I found you over at TT&J linky party.

I'll be sure to stay for a minute to see what else you've done!


Urban Hoot said...

How stinking cute is this? What a great idea!

nicolette {momnivores dilemma} said...

simply gorgeous.

I love that I'm not the only one who finds this candy "gross" to eat. The dyes alone scare me.

But to craft with???

Of course.

Sharing @ Pinterest...

Cherry Chick said...

Too cute! Made my way over from Pinterst. Love your blog!


Unknown said...

oh wow! Too pretty to eat!!

Thanks for the inspiration..

Found you on TT&J. I'd love for you to come by and link this and any other project you have at my linky party called "create & inspire"

P.S. New Folloer

Angie form A little Inspiration

Unknown said...

What an adorable idea! Would love it if you came by and linked up to my Manic Monday Linky Party!

Unknown said...

Thanks for linking up!

Featuring this tomorrow at my TOP 10 from Create & Inspire Party!


Claire @ Gemini Nutrition said...

Fabulous post,
Thank you for linking your post up! , hope you will stop by today and link up another great post!!
See you there
Claire x

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