Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Pastel cookie bouquet




Sometimes cookie projects go as planned, sometimes they turn out better than I anticipated, and sometimes, well, they just frustrate me.   

This one goes in the frustration category.  

I had an idea of how I wanted to do a cookie bouquet where the faces of the flowers sat on top of the stems.  I have done several other bouquets where it is simply a cookie on a stick pushed into floral foam and they face outward.


Like this.



Or this.



With a plan in my head, I decided what kind of cookie flowers I wanted to make.  I decided that double stacked cookies would make for a more interesting presentation.  

Note to self:  keep it simple when attempting a new technique.

Anyway, I began by cutting out my flower shapes in two sizes and making a hole in the centers using a skewer.


Bake and cool, you know the drill.


I decorated the cookies with icing, and let them sit overnight to dry.  The next day I assembled the cast of characters that would become the cookie bouquet.




The first thing I did was to hot glue floral foam into the bottom of a basket.  I pieced together two shapes because I was trying to use up what I had in my craft supplies.


I love The Dollar Tree.  


You want to be sure to hot glue it to the bottom of the basket so the whole thing doesn't topple out.  That would be tragic.  

Next I covered some small skewers with floral tape.





This isn't strictly necessary, but I was still in dream land about how great this would look.





I then pushed a green Dot candy on the skewer, followed by the large cookie, then the small cookie, and finally a yellow dot candy.  
Think shish- ka- bob.





Any hard gooey candy would suffice here - it is just to keep the cookies in place and hide the top of the skewer.  I also added some royal icing between layers in hopes of keeping things together.  

For an extra splash of snazzy, I put some royal icing around the bottom of the yellow Dot and then rolled it in nonpareils.  
This was my favorite part of the entire project.  

Time to push the skewers into the foam and make my 
bee -yoo- tee- ful  bouquet.
Problem was, I didn't have the proper amount of cookie flowers.





Ok, you can all stop laughing now.

No time to make more cookies or go to the store because this was to be a gift for my daughter's after school Spanish tutor, and I had about an hour before it had to go to the school.  

Gulp.

I made a mad dash for my garbage bag full of gift wrapping ribbons and opened up another box of Dots.  I jabbed un-floral taped skewers into the Dots, made a few dots of icing on top of the Dots, and tied gobs of green curling ribbon on.  
I was hoping they would look like flower buds.  
A girl can dream.





Still looked too empty, so I added more green ribbon and piled in paper Easter grass.  I only had about 1/4 of a bag of green, so I put a whole bag of yellow in and then top dressed it with green.  

Still too bare.

Back to the ribbon bag, and I grabbed a massive ribbon package topper that was a good color match.  




Smoke and mirrors folks.

On the positive side, it was bright and cheerful and I really liked the cookie flowers.





The nonpareils were the star of the show.





Oh, I almost forgot!  I had also made a little cookie message for the sweet girl who gives up her time to help my sweet girl.


Cookies are sweet and so are you!


I ever so carefully loaded it into the car and drove it to the high school for the
COOKIE BOUQUET DELIVERY!






This was a learning curve for me, and I hope know I can tackle another one with somewhat better great success!


31 comments:

  1. You said on Facebook about this post that we'd see the good, the bad and the ugly. Well, I'm here and I see no bad and certainly no ugly! I only see perfect sweetness from the sweetest you!

    One thing I'm sure of... We are our own worst critics. But trust me, you rocked it! Cookie bouquets and everything else cookie-related is YOUR thing!

    xo

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  2. Lisa, your cookie bouquet is darling. Fun to see how you put this all together.
    I've never made a cookie bouquet, but recently I was picking up some small pails at the $ bin at Target. The girl beside me that was doing the same, told me she uses them for cookie bouquets. Just thought I'd pass that idea along. sounds like a great idea. ~ Sarah

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  3. Now that's the sweetest idea! I would be thrilled to get your cookie bouquet!
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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  4. That is adorable and I'm sure the recipient was more than thrilled. I know I would love it. I like this step by step tutorial, Lisa. I may actually do a practice one. xo

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  5. Aaaah! I would love one of these. Its so delightful...I am so glad we found each other. I am a new follower...I wanna be part of all your cookie making adventures!:)

    xo
    Sumaya

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  6. Oh my word, these are all amazing. Totally works of art. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving such gracious comments. Hugs, marty

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  7. Oh my goodness these are so adorable! I always have dreams of beautiful cookies but I seem to run out of patience somewhere in the process and get mediocre-looking cookies at best. lol. Never anything this grand! Gorgeous. :)

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  8. What a beautiful bouquet and I love the name of your blog. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation at Project Inspire{d}. I hope to see you again next week.

    Until then, have a week filled with joy.

    Hugs, Mary Beth

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  11. Hi Lisa, I came over to check out your flower cookies, they are so cute and sweet, yay for flower cookies, it must have been a week for them :)

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  13. they look wonderful! and I am sure they tasted wonderful as well. What a really cute idea!

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  14. You are awesome. I love your bouquet of cookies. I love to bake also. And you are going to be my new inspiration. Thanks for visiting My Cozy Corner.
    xo
    Betty

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  15. Wow! You have beautiful creations. :) So glad you found the YouTube tutorial helpful. Your newest follower!

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  16. Gorgeous cookies!...they are truly works of art....Who wouldn't love a bouquet of cookies!!

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  17. I think it is beautiful and the cookies look so delicious! Thanks for the tutorial. I didn't know how that was done.

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  18. Holy smokes! That is just lovely and wish I had one on my table right now!

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  19. Well, I think it turned out beautifully! Those cookies are stunning. I am not at all talented when it comes to decorating cakes or cookies. Thank you for sharing it at What We Accomplished Wednesdays! Have a great weekend!

    Hugs,
    Deborah

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  20. I love this post and your efforts to fill in your cookie bouquet. It turned out darling! The cookies are works of art and that was very clever to make Dot flower buds!Thanks for sharing,
    Karee

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  21. Hey Lisa thanks so much for visiting the The Velvet Moon Baker this cookie bouquet looks amazing :D

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  22. These are so pretty and look delicious! I am sure that tutor was blown away ! You are so talented!

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  23. A cookie bouquet! How charming! I love what you do with cookies and your imaginative way of decorating them is wonderful.

    Thanks so much for joining in this week!

    xo
    Claudia

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  24. I think they look beautiful and so yummy. They are making my mouth water, especially since I'm trying to eat healthy these days. Oh my . . . how I'd love one of those cookies.
    Love your banner - so pretty.
    Cindy

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  25. I think it's adorable. When you think about it, the only thing that didn't go as planned was that you didn't have enough cookies for the look you wanted. I'm guessing that's because each flower took up two cookies. I'm always amazed at what you produce and I love your ingenuity of how you pulled this one together.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescapeer

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  26. Oh my goodness!! I am so glad you stopped by my blog so that I would end up here enjoying your's so much. I took some time to go back and look at quite a few of your posts. They are all so cute. What a talent!! I look forward to seeing more, since I am now a follower!

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  27. Thank you so much for sharing your cookie bouquet with us at Cast Party Wednesday. I hope you are having a GREAT week! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

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  28. Yum! These are beautiful! Found you on A Favorite Thing and I would love to have you share this on The Creative HomeAcre Hop today!
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  29. Thanks for the tutorial. I may just have to give this a try. They are beautiful cookies.

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  30. That cookie bouquet is just so gorgeous, Lisa! Almost too gorgeous to eat. (Almost....) Seriously, you are so talented, and thank you so much for posting the tutorial. I can't wait to look at the other beautiful things you've baked and decorated.

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  31. Thanks for sharing your talent on The Creative HomeAcre Hop!
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