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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Wedding Favors: Ferrero Rocher

Wedding Favors: Rocher Nosegay


Materials:

5-2" Styrofoam balls
50 Ferrero Rocher chocolates
Non toxic craft glue
Toothpicks
10 Popsicle sticks
10 yards Ribbon 1/4" wide
10-4" lace or paper doilies about 4" in diameter
1 bunch Baby's breath, fresh or dried, or other small flower
1 bunch floral greenery for decoration

Instructions:

1. Cut one Styrofoam ball in half with a serrated knife. Make a 1/2"" hole in the middle of the flat side of the half with a Popsicle stick. This will make it easier to reinsert the Popsicle stick later.
2. Place the half, flat side down on a work surface. Glue 5 Ferrero Rocher chocolates to each one, using toothpicks inserted into the Styrofoam beneath each chocolate for support until the glue dries.
3. While the glue dries, snip small pieces of baby's breath and greenery and carefully glue them into the empty spots on the Styrofoam. If you are using artificial flowers, you may be able to insert the pieces directly into the Styrofoam. Allow the bouquets to dry about 30 minutes. Remove the toothpicks.
4. Cut 3-12" pieces of ribbon. Apply a thin amount of glue along one edge of a Popsicle stick and starting at one end on a slight diagonal wrap it with one 12" strip of ribbon leaving extra ribbon at the end to trail off the handle. Glue the other 2-12" strips if ribbon to the tip of the handle by wrapping them around it and allowing them to flow from it. Insert the plain side of the handle (the end without the ribbon streamers) into the back of the Styrofoam ball where the hole is at a slight angle, using a small amount of glue to secure it.
5. If necessary, cut a 1/4" hole in the middle of each doily, apply a small amount of glue to it, and thread it through the handle up to the back of the bouquet, pressing it gently against the Styrofoam to adhere it. If you don't have doilies, cut out 4" circles of your favorite fabric or paper.

Yield: 10 Nosegays

Wedding Favors: Wedding Place Cards

Materials:

10 Rocher Chocolates
12-14'Armature wire, or other 16 gauge wire such as floral, copper or craft*
Wire cutters
1 pencil, wooden spoon, or dowel
Double stick tape
10 standard sized Place cards or paper measuring 2 1/2" x 1" **

Instructions:

TIGHT TWIST

1. Cut a piece of armature wire about 14 inches long with wire cutters.
2. Holding the pencil in one hand, gently secure one end of the wire between your thumb and the pencil. Use your other hand to wrap the wire around the pencil three times. Push the wire together on the pencil if there are any gaps, as this will make a more secure place for your card to fit. At the same time, gently press the end in to avoid any sharp edges.
3. Pull on the wire while it still connected to the pencil to straighten it. Remove the pencil and place it against the wire about 1 "away from the loops you just made. Wrap the wire around it one more time. Pull the wire straight at the end of the loop so continues to move in the opposite direction of the loops you just made.
4. Make a base with the opposite end by twisting the wire around your thumb a few times and bending it perpendicular to the stem. Adjust the wire so that it is balanced.
5. Attach a small piece of double stick tape to the base of the Fererro Rocher wrapper. Place it on the wire base. Slide your place cards into the twist up top and impress your friends!!

LOLLIPOP SWIRL

1. Cut a piece of armature wire 16 "long with wire cutters.
2. Pinching one end between your thumb and forefinger, coil the wire in a circular motion 4 times to create a disk resembling and old fashioned lollipop. Pull the wire straight down from the "lollipop" about 2 1/2 ".
3. Make a base with the opposite end by twisting the wire around your thumb a few times and bending it perpendicular to the stem. Adjust the wire so that it is balanced.
4. Attach the Ferrero Rocher as explained above in the "tight twist".

FLOWER

1. Cut a piece of wire 14" long with wire cutters.
2. Holding the pencil in one hand, secure one end of the wire between your thumb and the pencil. 3. Use your other hand to wrap the wire around the pencil one time. Remove the pencil and place it directly under the loop you just made. Make another loop in the same fashion that you made the first one. Do this a third time only make two loops and press them close together. Make two more separate loops for a total of 5 loops, the one in the middle being double. This double loop, when finished will actually be your top loop where you will put the place cards.
4. Holding the wire with the loops on the right, pull the top loop down to the left around in a circle to meet the last one. Adjust the wire to create the form of a flower.
5. Make a base with the opposite end by twisting the wire around your thumb and bending it perpendicular to the stem of the flower. Attach The Rocher as explained above in the "tight twist".

CORKSCREW

1. Cut a piece of armature wire 14" long.
2. Hold the wire between your thumb and the pencil and wrap the wire around the pencil twice. 3. Push the twists close together.
4. Wrap the wire around the pencil four more times, but this time leaving 1/4" of space between each twist. Pull the wire off the pencil.
5. Bend the top double loop so that it is perpendicular to the rest of the loops.
6. Wrap the opposite end of the wire around your thumb e few times and bend it so that it is also perpendicular to the corkscrew. This is your base. Tape the Ferrero Rocher to the base as explained in the "tight twist".

* 3 out of the four designs use 14" of wire, while the lollipop design requires and extra 2 inches. The amount of wire you will need depends on what percentage of your place cards will have that design. The more lollipops that you do, the closer to 16" of wire you will need.

** Feel free to use any size place card you wish, just be careful not to make them too big so they will overpower your wire holder. For the photograph, we cut standard sized place cards in half and used them that way.

Yield: 10 Wedding place cards


Wedding Favors: Rocher Topiary

Materials:

10-21/2" terra cotta flower pots
1 block floral oasis about 4" x 4" x 4" *
40 Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
1 small piece of cardboard or heavy paper 5" x1"
5 drinking straws
25' Decorative Ribbon 1/2 " wide
5' Decorative floral greenery or small artificial roping
Non toxic craft glue

Instructions:

1. Cut a 11/4 "square chunk of floral oasis with a serrated knife. Place it in a flower pot pushing it down slightly to secure it on the bottom. Cut a nickel sized circle out of the cardboard or heavy paper and set it aside.
2. Cut a drinking straw in half. Apply a small amount of glue along the side of one straw piece and wrap it with a 6 "strip of ribbon leaving about 1/2" of unwrapped straw at the end. Insert the unwrapped end in to the middle of the oasis. Glue one of the cardboard circles to the top of the straw so that it lays flat on top. Allow both the ribbon and cardboard to dry for about 10 minutes.
3. Insert a piece of floral roping about 6 "long into the oasis, and wrap it up and around the straw, twisting it a few times just below the cardboard circle where the Rocher will go.
4. Glue three Rochers to the base of the pot and one more on top.
5. If using real greenery, snip small pieces and glue them in and around the roping just below the top Rocher.
6. Wrap the pot with a 24"piece of ribbon and secure the back of it with a dab of glue for security. 7. Tie a pretty bow, trim a necessary, and let it dry. Repeat this process for the remaining 9 topiaries.

* Floral oasis is available at craft stores and floral shops. It comes in a variety of sizes, but most often in a standard sized brick. They are quite inexpensive, so if you have some left over, use it to make a lovely flower arrangement in your home.

Yield: 10 Topiaries

Wedding Favors: Champagne Cone

Materials:

Scissors (regular or decorative craft scissors)
Ruler
Clear cellophane
Double stick tape
Curling ribbon
At least 40 Ferrero Rocher Chocolates
10 fluted champagne glasses

Instructions:

1. Measure and cut 10- 6"x 4" rectangles of cellophane with scissors.
2. Lay a piece of the cellophane on a work surface and place a 3" piece of double stick tape along one of the 4" edges.
3. Roll the 4 "non-taped edge up over to the taped end pressing it to seal. Put two more 3" pieces of tape along the long sides of the cellophane tube directly opposite one another.
4. Cut two pieces of curling ribbon about 24" long and adhere them to the tape strips so that they scoop underneath the cellophane tube. Be sure to leave extra ribbon on both sides to curl. Place a third ribbon about 12" in length in between the other two ribbons moving in the opposite direction so it forms a handle at the top of the tube. Curl the long pieces of ribbon with a scissor by gently but firmly holding the ribbon at its base between your thumb and the blade of a scissor. Draw your hand and scissor through to the end of the ribbon and let it curl. Repeat on the other side.
5. Fill each cone with 4 Ferrero Rocher chocolates and place in a champagne glass.

Yield: 10 Champagne cones

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