If you would like to make some candy and flower centerpieces for your own special occasion, here's a simple tutorial.
What you'll need:
- Large Glass Vase or container
- Smaller Glass Vase or container
- Pretty Candy
- Floral foam such as Oasis
- Fresh flowers
- Double-sided tape
When choosing your glass vessels, make sure that the smaller one fits comfortably inside the larger one and leaves enough room all around it for you to fit in a good layer of candy (1/2" to 1' works well, depending on the size/shape of your candy). Be sure to choose a smaller vessel that isn't too much smaller or you will end up using more candy than you really need. You may need to experiment with a variety of vases and sizes. For the purpose of this tutorial, I just used a small square glass vase and a smaller round glass votive holder. I found both at Micheal's for just a few dollars (these would actually be the perfect size for cocktail flowers or smaller arrangements).
For the candy, go with something on the smaller size - it will be easier to get good coverage while using less candy. And make sure the candy isn't something that will melt (chocolate, gummies, etc..) - this is especially important if your event is during the warmer months!
To begin, first make your flower arrangement. You can use floral foam if you wish, by cutting it to size, soaking it in water, and placing it inside the smaller vessel. Arrange your flowers as desired. Now, carefully place your smaller vessel filled with the flowers inside the larger vessel, being sure to center it. You may want to secure it on the bottom with some double-sided tape. Be careful not to get any water in the space between the two vessels - you don't want the candy to get wet. Next, fill the space between the two vessels with candy (I've left the flowers out in these photos so you can see what it should look like).
I just use a small spoon to add the candy, but if space is really tight, you can also use a funnel.
There you have it - a pretty candy and flower centerpiece! And the possibilities for these arrangements are truly endless - think of all the candy and flower combinations one might use!
* floral arrangements by Holly Heider Chapple.