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Remember back in elementary school when we’d create special gifts to take home to our moms on Mother’s Day? I used to be so proud of those presents, and I remember my mom always beaming with happiness when I gave them to her…even if they were major craft fails. ;) When I had kiddos of my own, I loved seeing the pride in their eyes when they brought home masterpieces that they’d made for me, and that’s when I realized that my mom wasn’t faking the joy she showed when she opened those sometimes awful creations I’d made for her when I was a kid. The joy is real when you receive a handmade gift. Not because of what the gift actually is, but because of the thought and love that go into it. The care that goes into a handmade gift is really tough to beat.
This year for Mother’s Day, I thought it would be cool to kick it back to the elementary school days and create something from the heart. With the help of my Cricut Explore Air 2, Martha Stewart Special Edition, I was able to do just that! This DIY Mother’s Day Candy Flower Bouquet fits the bill perfectly. This gift is full of thoughtfulness and love, but it’s also full of chocolate, so you’re gonna win Mom over big, for sure! :)
Take a peek below for the simple how-to.
What You’ll Need to Make this Mother’s Day Candy Flower Bouquet
- Cricut Machine (I used the Cricut Explore Air 2, Martha Stewart Special Edition, available exclusively at Michaels)
- Cricut Tool Set (this is included with the Martha Machine Bundle)
- This project in Design Space
- Cricut Premium Vinyl (I used the Cricut + Martha Stewart Vinyl in Flamingo Pink)
- Transfer Tape
- Card Stock in assorted colors
- Cutting Mat
- Bowl or small planter
- Green paper straws
- Glue gun
- Double-sided tape
Begin by opening this project in Design Space and clicking “Make It.” You will be prompted to cut the “Mom” text out first, which you’ll cut out of the Pink Flamingo Premium Vinyl. Select the appropriate material setting on the machine’s Smart Dial, apply the vinyl to the mat, load the mat, then press the blinking button to cut.
Once the cutting is complete, unload the mat and peel away the negative vinyl from your text. The weeding tool that is included with the Martha Machine Bundle is a major time saver when weeding! Next, apply a piece of transfer tape over the text, then use the burnishing tool to release air bubbles and help the vinyl adhere to the transfer tape. Peel the carrier paper away, center the text on your bowl or planter, rub gently to secure the vinyl to the vessel, then peel away the transfer tape.
Now it’s time to cut out those pretty flowers! I found five cute flower images in the Martha Stewart artwork collection in Design Space that were perfect for this cute little bouquet, but there were many more to choose from. If you’d like to add a few more designs, just search “Martha Stewart” in the “Cartridges” tab and add them to your project.
Change the Smart Dial on your machine to “Custom” and choose the 80# card stock material option. Follow the prompts in Design Space to cut all of the floral elements out.
Here are two tips I’ve learned when cutting card stock:
Always use a well-worn mat when cutting paper. This will help the paper release easily from the mat without tearing when the cutting is complete.
When removing the paper cuts from the mat, always peel the mat away from the paper as opposed to peeling the paper away from the mat. This prevents your paper from curling and bending. I usually flip the mat face down and peel the mat back, then flip the mat over and use the spatula tool to help lift the design off the mat the rest of the way.
When all of the cutting is complete, pair up the floral pieces, then use double-sided tape or a glue gun to adhere the pieces together.
Once the flowers and leave are assembled, attach them to the straw “stems” using hot glue.
Apply a piece of double-sided tape to the backs of the Rolos and adhere them to the center of each flower.
Fill your bowl or planter with the remaining Rolos, then tuck the straw “stems” in between the candies to “arrange” your flowers. I cut the straws to varying heights so that the ones in the back were a bit taller than the ones in the front.
That’s all there is to it! And seriously, y’all…how cute is that?
You can easily modify this project into one that the little ones can create, too! Just give them the pre-cut shapes and some school glue and they can assemble the flowers however they’d like! Grandmas would go crazy over a sweet gift like this from their grandbabies!