Edible Mother's Day Arrangements

Edible Mother's Day arrangements made from cupcakes, cookies and candy.

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Tara Donne

Photo By: Tara Donne

Cupcake Topiary

Deliver a batch of sweets to Mom in one shot: Fill a small terra-cotta pot with a piece of floral foam, and anchor a 12-inch dowel rod or thick stick in the foam. Paint a six-inch foam ball with pink acrylic paint, let it dry for at least an hour, then push the ball onto the top of the rod. Use 24 mini-cupcake paper liners and straight pins to plot your design, then place real frosted cupcakes in each spot, removing the placeholders as you go. To attach a cupcake, poke three toothpicks halfway into the bottom, then push the cupcake into the ball.

Marshmallow Branches

Mom will love this fun take on pussy willows: Collect and clean tree branches from outside, or buy fake ones from a crafts store, and attach mini-marshmallows to the branches with dots of white icing. Use halved mini-marshmallows as you work your way up the branch.

Sugarcoated Tulips

Anyone can pull off this easy centerpiece. Just slide tulip-shaped marshmallow treats (available seasonally in drugstores) onto green hard-candy sticks and place them in a vase. Make this arrangement the day you give it to Mom: The tulips will dry out a little overnight.

Gum-Ball Bouquet

These sweet fake ranunculus require a crafty hand -- and a lot of fruit leather -- but the result is worth it: To make 10 flowers you'll need 10 gum balls, 13 squares of fruit leather and 10 plastic flower stems (use stems from old silk flowers, or buy cheap ones and pull off the tops). Read our article to learn how to make the flowers, and bundle the bouquet in tissue paper.

Lollipop Bouquet

Present Mom with a box of long-stemmed lollipops in place of roses. Arrange small and oversize lollipops in a long, narrow box lined with tissue paper, then tie the box shut with a wide ribbon.

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