For when you need a quick gift idea

Make your own Christmas ‘pineapple’

What could be better than a Christmas pineapple gift that comprises both chocolate and alcohol? A decorative pineapple that reveals delicious treats and bubbles will help you steal the show.

Step 1 – Cover bottle base in tape

Take a bottle of bubbles, or wine – it’s entirely up to you, as the finished shape will still be the same. Cover the outside with a layer of double sided-tape. Take the tape roughly two thirds of the way up the bottle. Due to the curves the tape will pucker and overlap, but that’s fine – it will stick all the same.

Step 2 – Remove the backing from the tape
Carefully peel off the backing on the double-sided tape. Be careful in places where it may have over-lapped.

Step 3 – Stick on your chocolates

Grab a box of delicious treats to stick to the tape. Ferrero Rocher work particularly well because only the outer packing sticks, meaning you can simply pluck the chocolates free one by one. Simply work around the bottle base securing the chocolates in place. Do this until covered.

Step 4 – Add decorative leaves

Any good florist will have tropical leaves that look worthy of decorating a pineapple. Warning: you will get odd looks when you ask for just them, the same that I did! Using the stickiness of the tape to hold them in place, arrange the leaves around the neck of the bottle.

Step 5 – Wrap it upJust like a fruit basket, wrap your fruity themed gift in clear cellophane and tie with a bow. When you’re at the florist you can pick up a length of cellophane. Alternatively most supermarkets sell it for wrapping hampers.

And just like that, in a matter of minutes, you have a tasty, presentable Christmas pineapple.


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