Whether you want to make a Mother’s Day gift, a Valentine’s Day present, or you just have a friend with a birthday fast approaching, it’s easy to make a bubble gum bouquet. The unusual bouquet looks like flowers at first glance but is really a vase full of gum! It’s easy to make, won’t cost much, and can be made with a theme for a boy or a girl.
Choose a bowl-type vase for best results. Cut a piece of floral Styrofoam to go inside the vase. The square of foam should be a little shorter than the vase is tall, so that when you place it in the bowl, it can’t be seen above the rim.
Select the theme you want to make and purchase cellophane to create that theme. Craft stores offer a wide selection of cellophane with themes and colors to suit any person you have in mind for the bubble gum flower gift. Cut a large circle of the cellophane and set the foam block in the middle of it. Pull the cellophane up around the block then place it in the bowl vase.
You can use either floral wire or wooden skewers to make the bubble gum flowers. If you use the floral wire, it’s already green, so you can just proceed to making the flowers. Use green floral tape to attach the bubble gum. Double Bubble works great for making the flowers. Simply use the green tape to secure a fake leaf and a piece of the gum at the top of the 16 or 18 gauge wire. Go down the stem a couple of inches and use the tape to secure another leaf and piece of gum. Create the flower using three sets of the leaves and gum pieces.
If you’re using wooden skewers to make the flowers you can paint them green or use green floral tape. If you paint them you can then use the green tape to add the leaves and flowers. If you don’t paint the skewers, though, you’ll need to use the green tape all the way down the length of the stick.
Cut some of the wires to be a little longer than the others. Place the taller flowers towards the back of the vase and the smaller ones towards the front. Don’t cut the sticks or wires so that some are much longer than the others; just make some that are tall and some just a couple inches shorter. If you’d like to add a little more glitz to the bouquet you can curl ribbon, tape them to the ends of wires or skewers, then place them amongst the bubble gum flowers. The finished vase of gum is pretty, unusual and a thoughtful gift for just about anyone!