Candy bouquets are also hot items for sale in online stores, so check out the Web to earn dollars from retail websites selling padala items.
MATERIALS AND APPROXIMATE PRICES:
- a pair of scissors
- measuring tape
- mini glue gun
- 1 mini glue stick (P2.46)
- 7 pieces of chocolates (preferably the Ferrero Rocher brand) (P14.67 each)
- 7 balloon sticks and caps (P2.75 each set)
- 1 flower accent (P10 each)
- 7 flowerets (P3 for a bunch of 5)
- curling ribbon (11/3-yard long)
- 0.65 yard ribbons (one-inch wide) (P10.50 per yard)
- a bow (P11.75)
- floral tape (3.5-yard long, size 12mm x 33m) (P40 per 33-meter roll)
- 2 sheets of non-woven wrapper (P16.50 per sheet, which can make 22 pieces)
- scotch tape (18mm x 25m) (P7 per roll)
Step 1: Cut the balloon stick in two. Glue one end of the stick to a balloon cap.
Step 2: Wrap the balloon stick with floral tape to make it look like a real stem. Stretch the floral tape as you cover the length of the stick to make its adhesive hold more firmly.
Step 3: Glue the tin-wrapped chocolate to its paper wrapper and then to the balloon cap.
Step 4: Cut the non-woven wrapper into 8 cm by 18 cm pieces. Wrap this piece like a cone around the balloon cap. Secure it to the balloon stick with a 17- cm curling ribbon. Curl the ribbon's ends.
Step 5: Glue a floweret between the ribbon curls. Follow the same steps for the number of chocolate flowers you'd like in the bouquet.
Step 6: To make a bouquet, gather several candy flowers and tape the sticks together tightly, forming it into a pyramid.
Step 7: Wrap the candy flowers in two layers of non-woven wrappers to create pleats.
Step 8: Tie an inch-wide ribbon around the bouquet to secure it. Attach a bow over the ribbon.
Step 9: For a fancier bunch, add artificial flowers at the lower portion of the bouquet.
To compute its selling price, simply add to the production cost a 150-percent mark-up for a per-stick sale, and 40 percent to 75 percent mark-up if sold per bunch. Hence, a candy flower costs P21.97 to make and can be sold for P55. A bunch of seven candy flowers costs P207.40 to make and can be sold for P300 to P350.
TIPS to improve your bouquet-making skills:
- Experiment with different styles of candy bouquets, using various candies like lollipops.
- Re-use flower accents, flowerets, bows, and ribbons from old stocks.
- Take photos of your creations and use these in replicating designs or in presenting to clients.
- Browse the Web for sites and companies where you can market your product.
- Buy materials in bulk at Divisoria or Quiapo where these are cheaper.
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