Football season is upon us! With that comes may Saturday’s full of game watching and Sunday nights glued to the game. Along with the game watching, there is snacking on yummy foods, getting together with friends and family, participating in football pools and so much more! One of my favorite parts about getting ready for friends/family coming over to watch the football game is making some delicious snacks! Some can be baked goods, chips and dips or even just some good old fashion candy, such as chocolate candy bars!
If you are like me, you LOVE chocolate. I love chocolate….a lot! I decided to get a jump-start on the football season (hello, preseason has already started!) and make some super cute football themed goodies! Of course, I had Lennox help me out with this too. I decided to make football themed candy bouquets. These are perfect to bring with you somewhere or put on the coffee table during the game! Everyone can pick at it and enjoy all the yummy candy.
Since I knew that Kyle & I would probably eat at least one of these bouquets over the season, I picked Kyle’s all-time favorite candy bar, Snickers! I personally am more of a Milky Way or Twix bar fan, so you’ll see some of those mixed in as well. And lastly, of course, Lennox chose M&M’s! How yummy and cute did these come out?
Making these fun football themed candy centerpiece or gifts really is quiet simple and inexpensive! Just follow the steps below to make some of your own!
How to Make a Football Candy Bouquet
What you will need:
- Any variety of wrapped candy bars that you enjoy, I suggest Snickers!
- 3″ & 6″ Terracotta Clay Flower Pots (available for around $1 at most garden centers)
- Acrylic Paint
- Paint Brushes
- Floral Foam
- Paper Grass
- Wooden Skewers
- Hot Glue Gun
- Optional (colored foam for decorations)
- The first step is to paint the terracotta pots. Using an inexpensive acrylic paint. They do have outdoor paint for such pots, but since these wont be in the weather, it is unnecessary. If you plan on re-using the pots for planting, I would recommend finding the outdoor paint at your local craft store.
- Since the paint soaks in a bit, I painted each pot 2-3 coats, but it only takes a few minutes to dry! For the football use a deep brown and green for the football field themed pot.
- Once the pots are dry, it’s time to add in the additional detailing. This is when I found out if I had a steady hand or not! The verdict, I do not! oops! Using a very thin paint brush, take some white acrylic paint and paint on the football laces and the football field yard lines.
- Once you have finished all the details – let those dry for a few minutes before proceeding!
- Once the pots are all dry, it’s time to bring them in and start creating the fun candy bar bouquet! Using a knife, you can cut a piece of the green floral foam and place it into the pot. If it moves around at all, I recommend putting a few spots of hot glue on it and putting it back into the pot. That will have secure it in place. The foam does not need to go all the way to the bottom!
- Take your candy bars, in our case, lots of Snickers, and start figuring out how you want your candy bar bouquet to look! By the way, if you are making lots of arrangements, you can buy the candy bars in bulk at somewhere like Sam’s Club. You can find them in the candy aisle with a wide variety of MARS chocolate candy options! Also, it’s much cheaper (around half the price of a candy bar) and very convenient for a project like this.
- Using a hot glue gun, glue on a wooden skewer to each candy bar. You could also use cake ball sticks, popsicle sticks, etc. You can also cut the skewers if you want different heights when putting the candy bars into the flower pots.
- While the glue dries on all of the candy bars, take the paper grass and fill up each football flower-pot. This can be any color – your favorite team colors, green for grass or just a clean, simple white like I used.
- Now it’s time to stick all of the candy into the flower pots and arrange as you like them. Add the taller items to the back and move forward – similar to arranging flowers or a gift basket! Add in decorations as well if you like! This is a great time to let your little one’s help you out. I let Lennox decorate her own pot and pick out the candy she wanted to put in! She used all the small fun-size candy bars (also available in large bags at Sam’s Club). She thought it was a lot of fun!
- That’s it! Your football candy bouquets are now ready! Can you tell which pot is Lennox’s? It’s fun and cute 🙂
There are so many ways to customize this for any gathering and candy favorites. What is your favorite candy bar and football season snack?
You can see all the steps put together in this video too!
Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post for #CollectiveBias and the #Chocolate4theWin campaign. All opinions, videos and photos are 100% my own.