UPDATE: I was on a local TV show recently- Golden Opportunities– and I had a chance to demo these on air. Now, the host needs some remedial crafting lessons, but if you follow these steps you’ll have great roses!
I know this is an oldie but a goodie, but I had to whip up some of these cute candy-filled roses for my kids teachers this year. They are inexpensive and fairly easy to make, and if you’ve got a kiddo over the age of 8, he or she can probably make these on their own!
- Red Tissue Paper, cut in 6″ squares. You”ll need 2 squares per rose.
- Wire floral stems (green)
- Wired Leaves (2 per flower)
- Glue Dots
- Floral tape
- 2 chocolate kisses per flower
Start off by taking one of the floral wires and roughly bending it in half over the bottom of a candy kiss. Hold the wires in your fingers and twist the ends loosely. Put a glue dot over the wire.
Place another candy, bottom side down, on the glue dot.
Take your tissue paper squares and center them over the pointy end of the candy. Pull the sides of the tissue out straight and crease.
Wrap tissue clockwise around candy, forming petals. Keep twisting all the way to the base of the candies. Secure with a bit of tape if needed.
Holding one end of the floral tape against the bottom third of the candy portion, start pulling the tape gently and wrapping it around to form a stem. (Pulling the tape activates a mild wax that will make the tape stick to itself.)
Once you get past the bulky portion at the end of the tissue paper, add two leaves and continue wrapping down the wire to the end. Just rip off the tape and smooth it down to finish.
If you like, add a little ribbon and a tag that says, “You”re Sweetie” or something like that.. and you can display your bouquet (if they last that long!) in this cute vase- directions for that are here.