You didn’t realize that Father’s Day is just a few days away?!? No time to run out to the mall and buy that tie or shirt or whatever it is Dad won’t use again this year? How about a quick trip to the Packie (or Liquor Store if you are from any place other than Massachusetts!) where you can find everything in this photo…providing your town has one of those awesome “whatever you need, we have” packies!
In addition to the items shown below, you will need to scrounge up some wooden skewers, hot glue gun and glue sticks (or some super cool duct tape like cameo or black or if all else fails, scotch tape), some candy pieces for filler, a container to hold it all and maybe some black tissue paper. I used floral foam inside the container to hold the skewers upright but you could always fill it with dirt or rocks.
The key to a bouquet is balance (Especially after consuming the bouquet. Balance is essential … hahaha). You need to have your “anchor” from which to build around. In this case, the anchor of our Just Dandy Bouquet is the larger bottle of JD. All the other items are the “flowers” which will be arranged around the anchor.
Before placement of all your “flowers” you need to add the stem! Take a wooden skewer and hot glue it to the back of each “flower” you wish to make. If you have larger or heavier items, use 2 skewers. Be sure the blunt end is what you will be gluing the “flower” to. You need the pointed end to insert into the filler in the container.
Rotating around the anchor flower/JD bottle, add each new stem at a 45-degree angle. After every third or fourth “flower”, insert a candy “leaf” into the rotating arrangement; the tips of this “foliage” should rise slightly higher than its adjacent “flower”. These extra touches add texture and balance of color to the finished bouquet.
After you have added everything, step back and see if you can spot the skewers. If you can, either add more candy or arrange it so you don’t notice the skewers. Another idea would be to spray paint the skewers a coordinating color (in this case, black…if I had thought of it at the time!). Once you are satisfied with the final arrangement, add some tissue paper to hide the floral foam or sand. You could even use that tie you already bought because you couldn’t think of anything else to give daddy-o.
That’s it! You’re done! Dad will be very thankful you gave him something other than that boring old tie.