Sure, you could go out and buy some flowers and a box of chocolates OR you could use a little bit of creativity to offer the one you care about something memorable—full of fun. Michelle Virtue with BYU Campus Craft & Floral shows us how.
Here are four simple ways to combine flowers & chocolate:
1. Attach Chocolates to Your Fresh Floral Bouquet.
• Wrap a large chocolate bar with gift wrap OR scrapbooking paper—tie it to a square vase of flowers with fun ribbon.
• Use wrapped chocolates to bring color to a simple container. Lindt balls come in wonderful Valentine’s Day colors. Foil wrapped lips are easy to tie onto ribbon ends for a simple way to add sweetness.
• Foil covered chocolates are a fun addition to cards and tags. Be sure to include a sweet message to accompany your flowers.
• Use an adhesive to place foil wrapped chocolates into the center of flowers. Gerbera daisies are the perfect flower with a flat center just waiting for a bit of chocolate bling.
2. Incorporate Flowers and Chocolates Into Your Holiday Décor.
• Use a combination of flowers and chocolates for table décor. Fill small dishes with flowers and chocolates. They work wonderfully as a holiday centerpiece or down the center of a long conference table.
• Chocolate cupcakes are made extraordinary with the addition of fresh flowers.
• Use an empty heart shaped chocolates box filled with flowers, tissue puffs.
3. Use Chocolate as a Foundation for Fresh Flowers Bouquets.
• One of my favorite ways to combine flowers and chocolates is to design flowers in a homemade chocolate bowls.
1. Line a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper.
2. Melt 10-2 oz of chocolate—milk or semi-sweet chocolate chips work wonderfully.
3. Spoon ½ tsp melted chocolate onto prepared pan making a small disk.
4. Dip balloon in melted chocolate—coating about 1/3 of the balloon. Hold over bowl to allow excess to drain.
5. Place the dipped end of the balloon on the chocolate disk.
6. Repeat with remaining chocolate and balloons.
7. Place in refrigerator to set.
8. Once the chocolate is set, deflate the balloons slowly and gently peel away from chocolate bowl.
• Fresh flowers can be floated in bowls or a plastic liner creates the perfect foundation for a fresh floral arrangement.
• Use candy coated chocolates to fill glass vases. The small candy-coated chocolate Kisses OR Valentine’s Day M&Ms are fun and easy to work with.
4. Create Chocolate Floral Bouquets.
-Sometimes it’s fun to put a new spin on an old favorite. The roses made out of Hershey’s Kisses have been around for years. By adding a few extra touches of personality to this simple favorite, you can create a bouquet of chocolate flowers.
1. Hold 2 Kisses with the bottoms together.
2. Put a 4″ square piece of cellophane over the kisses tightly to hold them together. Uses a piece of wire or a twist tie to secure the cellophane.
3. Fold an 18″ piece of 20 gauge wire in half. Lay the ends up against the bottom of the candy rose.
4. Wrap floral tape around the pipe cleaner and cellophane just beneath the kisses.
5. Add 5 artificial leaves at the base of the kiss—serving as petals. Wrap the stem with floral tape again. Overlap the tape and pull it tight until you reach the bottom. Tear off.
6. Add a bow, tag or small heart charm to decorate your flower.
For a great selection of fresh flowers and home décor, visit BYU Campus Craft & Floral:
Campus Craft & Floral
Provo, UT 84602