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Making the Bouquet's Base
A lollipop bouquet is a sweet gift to give to a loved one, family member or friend. Many florists and speciality shops sell these bouquets, which can be customised to suit the recipient's tastes. However, it's simple and inexpensive to make a lollipop bouquet at home. The first step is to prepare the base for the bouquet. Most lollipop bouquets rest in a vase or other tall, narrow container such as a bucket. Place the vase on a brick of florist foam and trace around the base of the vase with a pencil. Cut out the piece of florist foam and insert it into the bottom of the vase. The florist foam will allow the lollipops to stand up straight in the vase.
Decorating the Lollipops
Select 6 to 12 lollipops, depending on size, then decorate them. The decorations that can be used are really only limited by the powers of imagination. Most professional lollipop bouquets follow a colour theme, so that may be important to keep in mind before decorating the candy. Tie bows around the upper part of the sticks, wrap the sticks in ribbon or shiny paper and cover the candy with coloured cellophane.
Inserting the Lollipops into the Vase
After the lollipops are decorated, it's time to insert them into the vase. If the vase is tall or the lollipop sticks are too short to reach the foam, tape wooden skewers to the bottom of the sticks to give the candy a little extra height. Trim the skewers to the desired length and insert the end into the florist foam. Don't worry if a bit of the wood is exposed, as that can be masked with decorations. Slide all of the lollipops into the foam, setting them at angles to mimic a more traditional bouquet.
Decorating the Bouquet
Decorations are a great way to dress up the bouquet and hide and imperfections. Insert a floral card holder with a traditional bouquet card in one side of the vase to give the bouquet a touch of authenticity. Fill in any gappy areas with coloured cellophane. Tie a ribbon around the vase.
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