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The end of the school year is so bittersweet. It’s always a really impressive milestone to see these kids a whole year older (and smarter!) and to be able to really witness what a whole year of school has done for them. I can only speak for my own children, but having a relatively more “normal” year of school this year was such a game-changer. They are both doing SO much better than they were last year.
Our educators are truly incredible and so selfless in so many ways. I am lucky enough to know quite a few personally, and the end of the year is such a nice time to really show our appreciation for all that that they do. Especially in light of our recent school shootings– it weighs so heavily on me that our society asks teachers to give up and risk in order to be there for our children. And mostly while they feel vastly unsupported in a myriad of ways!
So today, I’d like to do two things: one, I want to show you this beautiful and easy-to-make chocolate DIY Bouquet. This is such a sweet and easy way to put together something that’s handmade but something your child’s teacher will actually appreciate. Especially because it is the perfect vessel for what a teacher really wants and needs: a gift card! I plan to give this bouquet to Marlowe’s teacher with a gift card tucked in.
Secondly, I’d love to use this as an opportunity to do something nice for the teachers in our community! If you have a teacher who needs items cleared from their Amazon lists, please write a little about them and put the link in the comments below! I will pick one and contribute!
Wishing all the families and educators a very happy end of the year, and a beautiful summer ahead!
Attach chocolate to wooden dowel
Using a hot glue gun, glue the chocolate truffle to one of the ends of the wooden dowel. Repeat for all flowers you are creating and set aside to dry completely.
Prepare the petals
Using the color streamer of your choice for the petals, cut an arm’s length piece. Fold the piece back and forth laying the layers on top of each other. Next, cut a scalloped edge on one of the longer sides of the streamer. Unfold and put glue on the non-scalloped edge.
Create the petals
Taking the arm’s length, scalloped streamer piece that you just placed glue on and attach one end to the base of the chocolate. Next, you are going to pinch the streamer and begin to attach the streamer around the chocolate. Once you complete the first layer around the base of the chocolate, you will begin attaching the remainder of the streamer to the streamer secured to the base of the chocolate. Once the next layer is complete it will be attached to the layer below it and so on. Set aside to dry completely before the next step.
Finishing Details of Flower
Now that the top of your flower is complete and fully dry, you will finish off the flower by creating the stem. Place glue along the wooden dowel from the base of the flower all the way to the end of the dowel. Next, take your green streamer and begin to wrap it around the dowel starting from the top and working your way down. Make sure to secure it tight up against the petals to give it that finished look. I found it best to wrap the green streamer at an angle going down the dowel. Once at the bottom, cut the streamer.
Place Flowers in Vase
Now that your flowers are complete, hot glue a foam square or circle to the bottom of your vase (this will depend on the shape of your vase and size). Once that is secure, push the flowers into the foam at the bottom of the vase. Finish off this gift by placing green tissue paper amongst the flowers to create greenery and leaves. Give this to the teacher that you appreciated most this year!