The perfect handmade gift to create for a Chocoholic - perfect for Birthdays, Christmas, Valentines, Anniversary, Mother's Day etc. Basically any occasion where you would usually say it with either chocolate or flowers.
I must admit that I had pretty much finished making this Chocolate Bouquet before it even occurred to me that others might be interested in how I did it and that I should do a tutorial for the blog. As such it doesn't have quite as many photos of of the steps as it would have had if I'd thought about it from the start, but hopefully my explanations will suffice. I made it for one of my lovely Chocoholic friends *special big birthday* and it went down a treat. It would work equally well for any special occasion such as Valentine's Day, Anniversary or Christmas. Pretty much any time where you might usually give flowers or a gift.
Wooden Skewers with flat ends (I got them in Sainsbury's)
Hot Glue Gun
Fun Size Chocolate Bars
Polystyrene (I used a bit of my Coast & Glen Fishbox!)
Coloured Tissue Paper
I used almost two bags of assorted fun sized chocolate bars, I also included a couple of full sized Star Bars as they are a particular favourite of the recipient!
First you need to glue the skewers onto the back of the chocolates. A hot glue gun really is best for this but it could possibly work with superglue or double sided tape. Position the skewers at different points on the back of the bars so you get an assortment of finished heights.
For the base I used a jam jar with a couple of blocks of polystyrene wedged firmly into it. A taller one at the back and a smaller one at the front. You need some of the fairly dense polystyrene rather than the more open stuff (I'm sure there must be a technical term for it!) Start arranging your "chocolate flowers" with taller ones at the back and shorter at the front. The packets of Maltesers, M&M's and Milky Way Stars were great for filling in any gaps. Push the skewers in well and watch out that it doesn't get too top heavy.
Once I was happy with my arrangement I laid out four squares of alternating colours of tissue paper on top of each other at adjacent angles. Then I sat the jam jar on top and pulled up the tissue around the neck and secured it with a rubber band. To finish it off I did the same with a square of Cellophane before covering up the rubber bands with a ribbon tied in a bow.
Lots of love for it when I posted on my Foodie Quine Facebook Page. The verdict from my chum? "What could be nicer than opening the door to the best "bouquet" ever? Thank you so much to my lovely friend Claire (aka The Foodie Quine). This is amazing and so me! xx". My daughter has now requested one for her birthday and my sister wants a crisp version!
|18th Birthday update! |
I've got a new variation on the chocolate bouquet theme that I made as an 18th Birthday gift.
This one included eight miniature 20ml vodka shots.