- a pack of their favourite soda (I went for this as a base for my bouquet instead of a pot/box)
- fun treats (I went for loads of the bf's favourite chocolate (dairy milk, mini toblerone, lindt, lindor, kinder eggs, yorkie bars), some chewing gum, a valentine's DVD (I went for the valentine's Madagascar film because we're a sucker for a cut animation!))
- mini trophys (I decided that it would be fun to make the bf some cute/punny awards!)
- valentines decorations (I went with some chocolate lips and hearts)
- barbecue skewers (to attach all of the treats to and create the height in the bouquet)
- fun decorations (I went with gift ribbons and some silver shredded packing paper)
- washi tape
- blue tack
We started off by sticking the skewers into the pack of soda to start building the height of the bouquet right from the beginning...
I decided what I wanted to write on the trophies (I went for some puns like "love darts and kisses" because the bf plays darts and some awards like "best cuddler award") and used some washi tape and a sharpie marker to write them on the trophies...
We stuck the trophies on the top of the pack of soda (using blue tack) and they fit perfectly!
We then went about covering the sides of the pack of soda with the chocolate bars. We just stood them up around the sides and secured them with sellotape...
We decided that a good use of the valentines chocolates was to disguise the sides of the cans - we stuck them with blue tack (this was a bit of a faff because they kept falling off but we couldn't think of a different way to get them to stick - looking back we could have used a glue gun!)...
How to incorporate the lindor balls cause us the most problems - there was no way to attach them to the sides of the pack of soda and we didn't want to skewer them!
We had a brainwave and decided to stick them in the mini trophies and they fit perfectly - I love how they looked!
With the left over valentines hearts we stuck them onto the ends of the skewers - we didn't mind skewering these ones too much because they added the perfect amount of height to the bouquet!
We added one of the gift wrapping ribbons in the space between the trophies to cover the top of the pack of soda!
We realised that the wrapping of this man bouquet was going to make it or break it.
With that in mind we decided to put the DVD underneath the pack of soda (anywhere else and it would have created too much of a flat edge to the bouquet and we wanted it to remain circular like a flower bouquet), surrounded the bouquet with shredded packing paper
Finally after scrunching the cellophane round and securing it with a ribbon at the base we stuck in the heart shaped balloon (girly I know, but very holiday appropriate!) and stuck two more of the gift wrapping ribbon around the stem - to be honest we had them left over and didn't know what to do with them! We also stuck some heart stickers onto the cellophane just to make it even more Valentines-y!
So this is the finished product!
I am so incredibly impressed with how it turned out!
This is how I set it up on my desk, so it was the first thing that the bf saw when he went into my room.
He was so shocked when he saw it - I think that it looks pretty spectacular! - and was really happy with all of the thought, time and effort I put into making his gift this year.
I absolutely loved doing this craft and honestly it was so easy, quick and fun! It wasn't the cheapest DIY in the world (the whole thing cost me around £25 which wasn't extortionate either) but I think it was well worth it!
I think that what I enjoyed the most was how we just sort of assembled it according to what we had, we didn't follow a specific step by step guide - I think that just adds to the individuality of your own man bouquet!
I hope you found this post useful - let me know in the comments if you make your man a man bouquet!