Make a DIY Donut Bouquet for Valentine’s Day, a Birthday, or Any Special Occasion!

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donut bouquets on the table

Donut bouquets are the perfect DIY gift for all of the donut lovers in your life! 🍩

Instead of flowers, consider creating a stunning arrangement of fresh, delicious donuts to give on Valentine’s Day, a special birthday, or any other occasion you can think of.

I think everyone can agree that receiving a bundle of fresh donuts is better than flowers any time of the year! 😆

creating a bouquet with donuts

You asked and we listened!

We recently featured a post on Harry & David donut bouquets that you can send in the mail for around $50 😱 (yes, super pricey!), and readers suggested we do a DIY post on this topic! So… I’m sharing how to create a similar donut arrangement using wood skewers that looks similar to flowers!

woman holding a DIY donut bouquet

Save money by making your own creations that look similar to Harry & David donut bouquets!

This is such a fun and unique project that I really enjoyed doing, and know you’ll have a blast too. Plus, it’s so much more economical to make your own bouquet at home, rather than buying online. I bought all my supplies at the grocery store, and estimate each bouquet to be about $10-$12 dollars in materials, which is around a $40 savings!

supplies for diy donut bouquets

Which type of donuts work best for donut bouquets?

I ended up buying a variety of grocery store donuts from the bakery to experiment and see which ones work best. In general, the cake style donuts and donut holes seemed the most sturdy and easiest to work with.

The ones that didn’t work at all (and I don’t recommend trying) are the Little Debbie mini donuts. They crumbled easy and fell off.

decorating plain donuts for donut bouquet

My favorite donuts were the medium-sized plain cake donuts from the bakery!

I thought they turned out so cute and were the easiest to work with and most stable. I highly recommend grabbing some plain donuts like this and jazzing them up with melted white and semi-sweet chocolate along with sprinkles! You can customize them for any occasion or holiday by using specific colored sprinkles or by coloring the melted white chocolate.

plastic floral bags over donut bouquets

Tips to create the BEST DIY donut bouquet:

    • For the melted chocolate drizzle: I added about a cup of chocolate chips to a bowl with 1/4 teaspoon of vegetable oil, melted it in the microwave 15 seconds at a time until fully melted, and then drizzled the chocolate over the donuts and topped with sprinkles. I also did the same thing with white chocolate chips and added red food coloring for pink color. You could do this using candy melts instead if desired! 
    • You’ll need to grab wood skewers to attach donuts. For the medium/large sized donuts, I used two so that they were extra sturdy, and for the donut holes I only used one.
    • For transporting and keeping donuts fresh, consider placing your finished donut bouquet in a plastic floral sleeve. At the grocery store they usually have them in the floral department, and I just simply asked if I could have two.

completed donut bouquet


DIY Donut Bouquet

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Directions

1

Place a piece of parchment paper on the counter. Poke two wood skewers through a donut and move it down the skewer. Poke a second donut on top so that it pierces, but doesn’t poke all the way through the top of 2nd donut. Repeat with a second set.

2

Do the same with about two skewers of donut holes (4-5 donut holes on each). Add any decorative picks or elements. I added two chocolate roses.

Note: The photo shows white mini donuts, that later fell off and I replaced them with more donut holes.

3

Set up your arrangement as desired on the parchment paper. Tape the arrangement together using clear packing tape.

4

Lay out about 5-6 pieces of tissue paper vertically, and fan out a few pieces a bit. Then place the bouquet in the top left corner.

5

Fold and roll in the sides around the bouquet, and then fold the bottom up over the stems.

6

Secure the tissue paper with a ribbon and you’re done!


happy birthday bouquet using donuts

OH MY GOSH!! These donut bouquets are so darn cute!

Look how cute the birthday one turned out too! I was actually a little nervous that this food craft project could be a fail since I hadn’t made anything like this before, and I’m so pleased with how these turned out.

I think it’s such a creative little gift idea that is sure to make someone feel special and can be compiled for lots of occasions!

two finished donut bouquets


Make these easy 5 minute donuts using the air fryer!

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Comments 20

  1. Julie

    Great idea! Thanks!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure! Enjoy!

  2. acgold

    Thank you Lina! This will be perfect for my husband’s birthday! I always try to find something fun for him. He really needs nothing and is hard to buy gifts for.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Sure- and yes I like thoughtful fun ideas like this too! Enjoy!

  3. vmat

    cute but that’s way too much sugar for even a whole family muchless one person! yikes! it’d all go stale before we’d let our kids eat it at one a day…

    maybe in a vase for all the teachers at school to share or all my coworkers or something but yikes!

    • Dansjen

      I understand what you’re saying but to me it’s not much different than getting a cake for a special occasion. I bake cakes sometimes as special thank-yous and I just tell the person to share it or put some in the freezer. Sometimes I know something is “too much” but it makes a grand impression. : )

    • acgold

      We get Krispy Kreme and Entenmanns donuts all the time and freeze them. There are only 2 of us and we eat them once in a while. It is a treat and this looks beautiful and fun. Not every post is meant for everyone!

  4. Dansjen

    This looks like the perfect “bouquet” for Husband Appreciation Day. : ) Thanks so much!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Love that idea!

  5. Darcy Gaucher

    I LOVE this idea!!! Thank you for the really easy to follow instructions!!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      YAY! You’re very welcome! Thanks for the feedback on it!

  6. Nee

    Super cute!! I really enjoyed the step by step directions. Very easy to follow!! Thanks!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yay I’m so glad! Thanks Nee!

  7. AmandaJ

    I think this is just adorable, Lina! Just like with a flower bouquet presented like this, the reciever would take the flowers out and put them in water to keep them fresh, the receiever of these cute donuts would take them out and put them in a sealed container to keep them fresh. My teens would like this was so cool!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Aww thanks so much for your kind words! I appreciate it and totally agree <3

  8. Shelley

    Thanks!! I’m planning on doing this for Fathers Day!! Fun and festive!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh how fun I love that idea! Thanks Shelley!

  9. Celenorma

    I want one!!!! 😂😂

  10. Chrissy422

    So cute!!! Super excited to try this with my 3-year-old to give to my husband Valentine’s Day 💕

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh how fun! He’ll love it! <3

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