A bouquet of roses, with a difference!  Here’s how to create a cute small chocolate bouquet for the someone special in your life.

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A charming small chocolate bouquet made with Cadbury Roses, featuring an array of shiny colourful wrappers nestled in pink tissue paper, with a backdrop of twinkling lights from a Christmas tree and with scattered Roses chocolates to fore.

Which would you prefer?  A bouquet of roses (the flower) or a bouquet of roses (the Cadbury chocolates)?  We asked our lovely Instagram community, and, get this, two thirds were all about the chocolate!  What more can we say?!!

If a full-sized chocolate bouquet is a bit too much but you’d like to create something special for the someone special in your life, then a small chocolate Bouquet of Roses could just hit the sweet spot!

Not only is it easy and great wow factor for the effort required, but you’ll probably have most things you need at home already.  So, take that box of chocolates to the next level and give a chocolate bouquet of roses to your nearest and dearest.

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Cadbury Roses

You can seldom go wrong with Cadbury in our humble opinion.  And who doesn’t love a play on words with a ‘Bouquet of Roses’.  But, if your special someone prefers Celebrations or Heroes, go for them instead. 

This design works best with rectangular(ish) shaped chocolates that can be stuck easily with tape to cocktail sticks.  You can use truffles like Ferraro Rocher if you’d prefer – you’ll just need to use a hot glue gun to attach them securely to the flat end of the skewer or stick.

For our small chocolate bouquet, we used around 30 chocolates.

Old Jam or Mason Jar

This is the perfect project for repurposing an old jam jar or mason jar.  But you can use anything you like as a container for your bouquet.  A small cardboard box could work well too – you might need to add a weight inside (say a large pebble) to keep it stable.  You could wrap the box in themed paper, or have the kids decorate it for an extra personal touch.

Cocktail Sticks or Skewers

You’ll need as many cocktail sticks or skewers as you have chocolates.  Long cocktail sticks or short wooden skewers will work well.  If using a Bonne Maman style jam jar, these are typically around 10cm tall so you’ll want sticks around 15cm long.  

Paper Tape

Paper tape is perfect for attaching the chocolates to the sticks.  As well as being eco-friendly and strong, it’s easy to remove so the chocolates themselves aren’t damaged.

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Cotton Wool Or Equivalent

We used cotton wool balls to conceal the cocktail sticks and hold the bouquet firm and we were really pleased with how it turned out.  Do you agree?

Full disclosure though: it was a little fiddly to work with the cotton wool at times as the sticks were hard to press into the balls (what a sentence wink!).  In case you’d prefer to try something else, here’s a few alternatives:

Floral foam.  Not eco-friendly or particularly elegant when visible.  But it will hold the sticks firmly in position provided snugly fitted and could be covered in tissue paper to make it look nicer.

Playdough.  Will hold the sticks in position well and look nice when the playdough is fresh.  May not look as nice as the playdough hardens and gets older.

Shredded Paper.  It’s eco-friendly, economical and will look cute.  It may not offer as much stability as the cotton wool balls but is probably a little easier to manipulate into position around the cocktail sticks.

Tissue Paper

To turn the chocolate creation into a bouquet, you’ll want a piece or two of tissue paper to wrap around the outside of the chocolates. 

Ribbon

For a final flair, you may like to add a small ribbon bow around the jar or base.  You won’t need much so this is a perfect way to use up an oddment of ribbon.

A top-down view of a chocolate bouquet of Roses with the Cadbury Roses formed into a posy shape and pink tissue paper around their back edge being held against a green foliage Christmas tree backdrop.

A Small Chocolate Bouquet Of Roses Makes A Perfect Gift For A Sorts Of Occasions.

How To Make A Small Chocolate Bouquet

Making a mini chocolate bouquet is a similar process to creating a full-size one.  The main difference is that, rather than all the chocolates facing the same way in tiered layers, for the small bouquet they should all face towards the centre to create a posy effect.

Prepare the Chocolate Sticks

Using pieces of paper tape, fix the chocolates lengthways to one end of the cocktail sticks or skewers (at the flat end, if applicable).

Create The Centre Of The Bouquet

If using cotton wool or shredded paper, you will want to create a centre for your bouquet.  Take two chocolate sticks (we used a pair of the same kind) and a piece of paper tape curled into a ‘doubled sided’ circle to stick them together, back-to-back.  Add two more chocolates, one to each side to create a group of four chocolates facing outwards.  Wrap some paper tape around the base of the cocktail sticks to secure them together.

Place this chocolate stick set in the middle of the jar or container and add enough cotton wool around it to hold in position.

If using floral foam or playdough, you can skip this step and start building the bouquet once the base is in position.

A clear glass jam jar holds four skewered Cadbury Roses chocolates surrounded by fluffy white cotton balls, set against a backdrop of a Christmas tree.

Create a central piece for the bouquet, from which to work out and create the posy.

Build The Bouquet

Now start adding more chocolate sticks to the bouquet, roughly in a spiral working from the centre out.  Ensure the chocolates face towards the centre of the bouquet.  Push the sticks down into the cotton wool (or base) to secure and add more cotton wool as you go as necessary. 

Keep going until the bouquet looks full and/or you can’t fit any more chocolate sticks into the container.  Tuck more cotton wool (or shredded paper) in around the edge to conceal all the sticks.

Add The Tissue Paper

Fold a piece of tissue paper (or two if needed) lengthways so it’s just slightly taller than the distance from the top of the container to the top of the chocolates.  Wrap it around the edge of the bouquet, behind the chocolates, tucking it into the top of the container.

Finish With Ribbon

[Optional] Add a ribbon and bow to the top outside of the jar or container for a final flair. 

A whimsical small chocolate bouquet crafted with Cadbury Roses chocolates, wrapped in pink tissue paper and adorned with a shimmery ribbon, set in a repurposed jam jar.

Which would you prefer? A Bouquet of Roses Chocolates or Flowers?

Homemade Bouquet of Roses Tutorial

Here’s the detailed instructions with materials and step-by-step photos for how to create a small chocolate ‘Bouquet of Roses’.  Have fun!

A charming small chocolate bouquet made with Cadbury Roses, featuring an array of shiny colourful wrappers nestled in pink tissue paper, with a backdrop of twinkling lights from a Christmas tree and with scattered Roses chocolates to fore.
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Small Chocolate Bouquet of Roses

A bouquet of roses, with a difference!  Here’s how to create a cute small chocolate bouquet for the someone special in your life.

Materials

  • 1 Jam jar or equivalent container
  • 30 approx. Cadbury Roses chocolates
  • 30 approx. Wooden skewers or cocktail sticks approx. 15cm long
  • Paper tape
  • Tissue paper
  • Ribbon optional

Instructions

  • Using pieces of paper tape, stick the chocolates to the sticks or skewers (at the flat ends if applicable).
    A close-up of a hand attaching a skewer to an orange-wrapped Cadbury Roses chocolate, with cotton balls and other chocolate wrappers scattered in the background.
  • Create a central section for your bouquet. Take two chocolate sticks and adhere them together (back-to-back) with a piece of tape made into a double-sided circle. Add two further chocolate sticks, one on each side, creating a 4-sided chocolate group. Secure the 4 sticks together with a further piece of paper tape around the base.
    A hand assembling four chocolate sticks together as the centre to a bouquet of Roses chocolates, amidst cotton balls and other chocolate wrappers on a white surface.
  • Place this central group of 4 chocolate sticks in the middle of the jar. Add just enough cotton wool balls around to hold it in place.
    A clear glass jam jar holds four skewered Cadbury Roses chocolates surrounded by fluffy white cotton balls, set against a backdrop of a Christmas tree.
  • Add further chocolate sticks in a rough spiral around the central chocolate group, pressing each stick down into the cotton wool balls to secure in place, and ensuring the chocolates face towards the centre. Continue until you have a full bouquet or can’t fit any more chocolate sticks in your container.
    An abundance of Cadbury Roses chocolates in a variety of bright wrappers arranged into a posy shape to form a chocolate bouquet, with skewers and cotton balls on white surface to front.
  • Add more cotton wool balls to hold everything in place and hide the sticks from view.
  • Fold the tissue paper lengthways to create a sheet that’s slightly wider than the distance from the top of the container to the top of the chocolates. Wrap the sheet around behind the chocolates tucking it into the container to secure it.
    A vibrant bouquet of Cadbury Roses chocolates in a variety of colourful wrappers with a pink tissue paper edge being added against a backdrop of a Christmas tree.
  • [Optional] Add a ribbon, tied in a bow, to the outside around the top rim of the container.
    A whimsical small chocolate bouquet crafted with Cadbury Roses chocolates, wrapped in pink tissue paper and adorned with a shimmery ribbon, set in a repurposed jam jar.
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Looking for more inspiration?

And be sure to check out our carefully curated Christmas Gift Guides with inspiration for everyone on your nice list, from Great Uncle Ted to Coco the Cat!

We think a Small Chocolate Bouquet is perfect for all sorts of occasions.  A cute homemade host(ess) gift, a keyworker thank you gift, a homemade grandparent gift from the kids (especially if you use a container the grandkids have decorated).

And not just at Christmas, either.  It’d be brilliant for Mother’s Day too, for example.  It’s just a lovely way to make a relatively low-cost and universally appreciated gift of chocolates into something more thoughtful and eye-catching.  What do you think?  Will you be giving anyone a Bouquet of Roses?

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