How To: Make a Bacon Bouquet

Oh, you betcha.  We’re really doing this.

Why?  Because who wouldn’t want a fresh picked bouquet of salt-cured meat?  It’s possibly the most romantic display of affection, ever.

I love you more than bacon Printable

Remember this tutorial on cute little felt rosettes?  Sort of the same thing going on here.  But with bacon.  Oooh, is anyone else having visions of a bacon wreath now?  Just me?  Okay.  Anyway, take a strip of bacon and roll it up.  Most strips of bacon have a “meaty” edge and a “fatty” edge.  You’ll want the meaty edge to be the top of the flower, so keep the fatty edge aligned at the bottom.  On a side-note, I think that’s the first time I’ve used the terms “meaty” and “fatty” when describing flowering shrub.  I knew I went into horticulture for a reason…

Keep a pair of clean scissors nearby as well.  If your bacon is oddly shaped you may need to snip off a bit after you roll to make it lay nicely.  Now, I’ve seen lots of ways to make these after my sister first sent me a link, and some of them called for ridiculous things like drilling holes through a mini muffin pan.  There’s no need to ruin your best bakeware here, just grab some toothpicks.  Insert them in the bottom of the roll, keeping them both as close to the bottom of the bacon as possible and close to each other. You can actually do this without toothpicks, but it’s a little safer with them, since sometimes the bacon comes unraveled.

This not only holds the bacon together, but it creates a little stand for it, so it doesn’t topple over during cooking.  Place those little beauties on a rack, sitting over a foil-lined baking sheet.  Cooking them on a rack lets the bottoms cook as well so you don’t end up with mushy-bottomed flowers.  Because that would be an atrocity.

Pop them in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes.  The outside should be crisped and browned, and the inside won’t be crisp, but it will be cooked.

After my little rosebuds came out of the oven, I realized I wanted a heftier flower in there, and thus was born- the jumbo bacon flower:

Just layer on another strip.  That’s a real man-flower, there.

Now, for such a thing as glorious as a bacon flower, you really need to display it tastefully.  Super tastefully.

So grab some discount silk flowers from the craft store.  I found these in the clearance bin outside Michael’s for 75% off, plus I had a 20% coupon that was apparently only for Canadians, but since I totally look Canadian and know all of the words to Oh Canada I got to use it.  Bam.

The only thing that can be really annoying is if you grab a batch of flowers that happen to be super-glued onto the stems, which some are.  So just take a quick peek, and make sure you’re buying the kind that can be easily pulled apart.

Pull those red petals off.  Some flowers have several parts in there that you might have to disassemble, but basically, you want this part left:

That green base and the thing sticking up in the middle of it.  The bigger the “thing” the better for your bacon stability.  Wow, that sounds very technical.  Pop those babies right in there, like they were always meant to be.

And then gaze upon the beauty and majesty of the salty blooms, freshly picked from your kitchen.  If only bacon roses really grew in the ground…

Guaranteed to make grown men swoon.  Or at least giggle like little girls.  Either way it’s a win-win for you.

And just because I know you need it, here’s a printable to go along side that gorgeous vase on your table:

Happy Baconing.

And Happy Pinning to you Pinners:

How to make a bacon bouquet from Our Best Bites


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Questions & Reviews

  1. Wha..?? Oh…no…


    But the printable really puts it over the top. A bouquet no grown man can turn down. 😀

  2. My kids just asked me “Why are you crying Mom?” I’m laughing so hard at this post – it’s hilarious. It’s so crazy we might just have to do that for Dad’s breakfast on Father’s Day!

    1. Same here! “What mom what? What’s so funny?”

      Sounds like lots of you are having the same AWESOME reaction I am 🙂

  3. They’re even better with chocolate drizzled on them! Honest! You have to at least try it =)

  4. What a great idea!!! I’ve been needing to do something with all of the stems I have left over from making my daughter’s headbands.

  5. This is the funniest/creative idea I have ever seen! Love it! Now this little piggy has to get to the market and buy some bacon! 🙂

  6. *THUD* that was me passing out after hyperventilating with excitement…. OH. EM. BACON!

  7. Wow! How fun! My husband is a total meat guy. He’s not into the junk food I am like cookies, brownies, candy, etc. He loves his meat. This is the perfect idea. I totally love it. Can’t wait to do it. Thanks for posting this. This is why I come to you for ideas every day. There’s always something amazing you show me. I love it!

  8. Brilliant! Best Father’s Day idea EVER! Plus, do I sense an upcoming trend of grooms cake with maple frosting and bacon flowers? Maybe.

  9. This is so great. It’s like chocolate and flowers for a man. Can’t wait to see my husband’s face when he gets these for Father’s day breakfast. I thanks for the laugh this morning 🙂

  10. I LOVE this. I was just wondering what I could do for Father’s Day this year and behold, my answer: Bacon Bouquet. Thanks, ladies!

  11. Sooo brilliant! I made my man a reese’s heart bouquet for Valentines a few years ago but bacon? So, so good. In fact, a combo of the two would be brilliant for my guy. = )

    1. Jamie! That is genius! I was all set to floor with this awesomeness…but mix in some Reese’s? Genius!

  12. I think that after God, my husband, and my children, you gals are my two next favorite people. This is freaking hilarious, yet BRILLIANT at the same time! Bacon blooms…who knew? I am SO stinkin’ excited!!

  13. I was thinking about this again while I was running this morning (does thinking about bacon while I run make the calories I burned not count?) and wondering if it work with turkey bacon. It’s not really worth the fat/calorie savings to me, but my husband is kind of on a turkey bacon kick. What do you think?

  14. I’m not sure if I’ll make this for Fathers Day, but it will defenitely make an apperance for April Fools! Fun idea, thanks!

  15. Oh this is great! I saw something similar on pinterest recently and wondered how they got the bacon to stay in that shape– thanks! I really like how you used artificial flowers and took off the roses and replaced them with bacon. Thanks for sharing!

  16. Thanks for a great at-work giggle! I have seen these before but didn’t realize they were SO easy to make!

  17. It’s like you KNOW my husband! I’m totally going to win Wife of the Year when I present this to him on Sunday morning. LOVE it. Thanks for a great idea!

  18. Loved this! You had me at Bacon! I love bacon. Hubs would get a kick out of this for sure. Cracked me up! Very creative and fun!

  19. This almost reminds me of an April Fools posting. You’re serious, though? It’s totally funny, and I bet tons of dads would appreciate it!

  20. Hilarious!! This totally makes my Monday morning. And it will make Father’s Day so fun. Thanks for another awesome idea.

  21. One word… there isn’t a word on how creative, yummy and hysterical this is thanks for sharing!

  22. My father is a Bacon Fanatic. . . (Which I personally don’t get), but, This is PERFECT for Father’s Day!!! =) And, I already have the Flower Stems! Thanks for this Spectacular Idea. It’s Gonna Happen!

  23. Umm this is pretty much amazing, clearly Bacon makes everything better, even floral arrangements!

  24. I’m thinking I need to make a bunch of these… The first one will be a gag gift to my bestie, cause how can you not laugh at this amazing-ness? The rest will be because who could avoid eating this amazing-ness? And then, I must share with others! Oh, it’s gonna get out of control!!! I love you guys!

  25. Well if this isn’t the best idea ever than I don’t know what is! Now THIS is an edible bouquet. My only problem is making sure it actually gets delivered to my husband.