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Candy bouquet with fake cotton candy? F Yeah! | DIY

DIY / Planning & Styling / November 28, 2014
– DYI-ing with Ms. Luz-Vegas –
Above images by LJM Photography

Just over a year a go, I crafted the shit out of Maria + Shayna’s wedding. I hand-made a lot of the venue styling pieces, including these very bright candy bouquets for the wedding party, complete with fake cotton candy. I had seen many tutorials on various candy bouquets, however most included mountains of ribbon or a truck loads of candy. So I came up with my own version.

Now, to make one bouquet you’ll need to set aside about 30 minutes to 1 hour – however I think my first time took a little longer per bouquet… like an entire afternoon. But if you are a craft-master, then this may take you less time.

Anyhoo, here’s how I did it…

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

Remaining images by Lara Luz Photographer
  • 1x apron
  • 1x pair of gloves
  • 1x hot glue gun + glue sticks – my fave crafting weapon!
  • Clothing dye (must be for polyester or synthetic fabric) – I chose “Fuchsia” as my colour
  • 1 meter/ 3.3 feet of ribbon for the bow – I chose black and coloured polka dot
  • 60 cm / 2 feet of ribbon for the base – I chose a bright orange
  • Small handful of fibre filling – make sure that it’s white/un-dyed
  • 1x lollipop
  • 3x balsa wood sticks – I chose flat pieces (length will need to match the same as the length of the lollipop stick)
  • 1x bowl (to dye the filling) – I chose a stainless steel bowl so the dye would not ruin it
  • Optional – black plastic tablecloth – I chose not to use it as I was relatively neat
  • Two items not pictured – (1) You will need to set down the hot glue gun somewhere between applications, so I recommend that you use a plastic container lid or something to protect your surface from being burned by the hot glue gun (2) 1x 10cm / 4″ piece of thin metal cord (for tying up the bow piece)

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Fake-a-fy the cotton candy (or fairy floss):

Image order: Left to right, top to bottom
  • (Dye the filling) Follow the packet’s instructions to prepare the dye mixture
  • Throw in the filling (make sure the filling soaks all the way through
  • It may require another wash in salty water, HOWEVER, this will depend on the dye’s instructions (so follow those and not what I just said about the salt)
  • Wring the shit out of it (make sure that you really squeeze out as much as any excess water as you can)
  • Place it on down on a surface to dry (I dried mine by patting it between lots of paper towels sheets, but not the cheap stuff…try Viva Towels)

2. Perdy up the lollipop handle / stick:

  • Grab your 3 x balsa wood sticks (you may need to trim them to be the same length as the lollipop stick)
  • Grab the hot glue gun and start gluing
  • Glue one of the pieces of wood to the lollipop stick
  • Continue the same process for the next piece
  • Then stick down the final 3rd piece of wood (so you should have a triangular join)
  • Set that down and allow 2 minutes to dry (it shouldn’t take that long)
  • Grab your base ribbon (I chose an orange coloured variety)
  • Commence glueing the ribbon, to the balsa wood handle, on an angle
  • Continue gluing and attaching the ribbon all the way to the bottom of the handle
  • When you’ve reached the bottom, then double back
  • Continue glueing and attaching until you are back to the top
  • And you’re done with the ribbon glueing!

3. Put the “bow” into your “bow-quet”:

  • This is probably the most tricky part…making the bow! First of all, I originally used a magical tool that my mum bought me, which was called a Bowdabra. But I will assume that not everyone’s mum travelled back to the 80s to purchase this for their future daughter/son, so I will show you how it’s done by hand – word to the wise, you may need an extra pair of hands…
  • Place your small piece of metal cord down as shown
  • Cut a small piece of ribbon on top of the cord, as shown (this can be to whatever length you like, this is the piece that will hang down from the bottom of the bow – so I chose for mine to be short)
  • Grab your 1 meter / 3.3 feet long piece of ribbon, place the end of the ribbon (polkadots or top facing down) on top of the cut piece so that the end piece is just over the centre cord line. Then place you finger on the centre to hold it all in place
  • Start to loop the ribbon over, then at the centre, twist the ribbon once (so now the polkadots are facing down again) – you may want to get your helper to assist from here onwards – place your/your helper’s finger in the centre
  • Do a second loop on the other side, then at the centre, twist once and place your helper’s finger on the centre again to secure the bow
  • Now you have your first bow
  • Repeat the entire process again, for both sides, however this time make the bows slightly smaller in length then the ones underneath
  • Repeat the entire process for a third time, again making the length of the bows smaller than the ones below it
  • Then when you are done, you should be left with a (approx.) 10cm / 4″ piece of ribbon end (this will later form the centre loop of your bow)
  • Grab the entire thing and use the cord to secure the entire bow as shown, use a double knot at the back of the bow if necessary. Leave a bit of length to later secure the bow to the candy cane using the cord
  • Now to finish off the bow, you will need to glue down the centre loop
  • And voilà, you’ve made a bow!

4. It’s cotton candy time:

  • Ok, time to stick the cotton candy to your lollipop…
    • Grab your cotton candy
    • Add some glue to the bottom of the lollipop
    • Attach the cotton candy
    • And you may want to glue and attach some to the back of the lollipop (this will depend on how much you have)
    • Voilà, you get a gold star in “sticking cotton candy to a lollipop” *golfer’s clap*

4. The finish line:

  • Finally, attach your ribbon underneath the cotton candy, utilising the gold metal cord (used to tie up your bow)
  • Tie it nice and tight to the back of the bouquet
  • You may also want to use glue to keep it from moving or accidentally sliding down the lollipop stick
  • This step is optional – you don’t plan on eating the lollipop part of your bouquet, you can spray it with a varnish or fixative (this will coat the lollipop and prevent it from being sticky or attracting insects etc)
  • HEY PRESTO…you have your first candy bouquet!

Some would say that this is a slightly difficult DIY, but I would say that it just requires a bit of practice (I had 8 of them to do that day…so let’s just say that the first 2 weren’t my greatest work).

I have a feeling that there may be questions, so hit me up below in the comments section. If you don’t have any any questions but you’d like to let me know how you went constructing your candy bouquet, also hit me up – I’d love to share some of your photos on our Socials…just saying.

Happy crafting :)






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Pae
Fun facts: I'm a "loud" little Latin gurl. I heart my label maker as much as I do my partner. I also like red things, leg-day and red velvet everything. My daily vocab includes "have you eaten?", "I love you" and "I farted"... not all at once or in that order. If I'm not talking to you about feelings I'd be helping you organise something.




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on November 28, 2014

Cute!



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