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St Patrick's Day Crafts - Candy Bouquet in a Mug
There are many cute St Patrick's Day crafts on the Internet. You can see some of them here.
Note: This candy craft is for your personal use. It is copyrighted.
If you would like to share your St Patrick Day crafts, I would be happy to post them on my site.
There are many types of candy bouquets. In my books "How to Make Candy Bouquets for Fun and Profit" and "Candy Bouquet Designs" I show how to make candy arrangements in different types of vases, a glass bowl, a brandy glass, a Chinese take-out style box, a terra cotta pot, a basket, a ceramic flower pot, a chocolate vase made out of candy bars and others.
Step 1. Take a mug and floral foam. Cut the foam so it will fit firmly into the mug. Before putting the foam into the mug I placed a square of cellophane in it so it will be easier for a recipient to clean the mug when he or she decides to use it.
When I saw this cute mug, I knew at once that I wanted to make a candy bouquet in it.
Step 2. To make three candy flowers, take stem wire (16 or 18 ga) or lollipop sticks, wire cutters, some hard candy with wrappers in greenish and yellowish colors, and green floral tape.
Cut the stem wires/lollipop sticks to the desired length (wear safety glasses when cutting stem wire). Join three candies of the same color on each stem wire/lollipop stick using floral tape (pull on it to make it tacky). Place the stick alongside the loose part of the candy wrapper, then put stem wrap tape around them. To make the candy stand straight upward, tightly build up the tape at the base of the piece.
Step 3. Push these candy flowers into the foam in the back of the mug.
Step 4. Insert a big lollipop in the middle. I bought this St. Patricks lollipop in Michaels Art and Crafts store.
Step 5. In this bouquet I used silk leaves. When making candy bouquets, sometimes you may want to use silk leaves. There are two ways of wiring and taping silk leaves.
b) Poke the wire through. Take the silk leaf and push the wire through the fabric. Pass the wire behind the stem of the leaf, and poke it back through the other side. If it is difficult to push the wire through the leaf, make a hole using a needle first.
c) Bend the wire back to meet the long wire.
d) Tape the silk leaf to the wire.
e) To give the leaf a more natural appearance, flare it out near the stem tape.
The second method.
Step 6. Insert these silk leaves around the edge of the mug.
Step 7. Wire and tape some other candy pieces to place between the silk leaves around the edge of the mug.
a) Take floral tape, stem wire, wire cutters, and candy. I used Brach's Coffee Toffees, Irish Creme hard toffees. Their green and gold wrappers match perfectly with the other elements in the centerpiece.
b) Cut a piece of tape and pull on it to make it tacky. Place a twisted end of the candy wrapper alongside the stem wire and apply the floral stem wrap over them.
c) Insert the wired and taped candy between the silk leaves around the edge of the mug, bending their stems as necessary to achieve the desired look.
St Patricks Day Craft - Step 8. Top the foam with green and yellow curly ribbon, shredded paper, or plastic decorative grass.
Thats it. The St. Patricks candy bouquet in a mug is ready! Enjoy!
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