How to Make Beef Jerky Flowers: A Step-by-Step Guide

Beef jerky flowers make for a fun, creative, and delicious Valentine’s Day gift. These edible bouquets are made by shaping strips of jerky into flower petals and attaching them to jerky sticks as the stems. Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to craft beautiful beef jerky roses, tulips, orchids, and more.

Why Make Beef Jerky Flowers?

Giving your sweetheart a bouquet made of beef jerky is sure to put a smile on their face. Here’s why jerky flowers make a great gift:

  • Unique – It’s definitely not your typical flower bouquet, making it more memorable.

  • Fun – The process of making jerky flowers is creative and enjoyable.

  • Delicious – You can’t eat fresh flowers, but these you can snack on after admiring them.

  • Manly – For guys that aren’t into traditional roses, jerky flowers are a perfect masculine gift.

  • Affordable – You can make them at home for a fraction of the cost of a florist’s bouquet.

  • Lasting – Unlike real flowers, beef jerky flowers won’t wilt after a week.

Now let’s get into how to craft some beautiful beefy blooms!

Ingredients Needed

To make around 3-5 beef jerky flowers, you’ll need:

  • 1 pack of jerky slabs or strips (about 6-8 oz total)
  • 3-4 large jerky sticks for the stems
  • Floral cookie cutters or flower templates
  • Kitchen shears or sharp knife
  • Toothpicks
  • Twine, wire, or hot glue (for wrapping and securing)
  • Jar, can, or vase to arrange them

Look for quality jerky without a lot of preservatives or additives. The slabs used for flower petals can be any flavor.

How to Make Beef Jerky Rose Flowers

Let’s go through how to shape beef jerky into beautiful rose flowers:

  1. Cut out petals – Use a rose-shaped cookie cutter to cut petals from a jerky slab. A knife works too.

  2. Trim petals – Refine the shape if needed so it has a defined heart-shaped tip.

  3. Poke a hole – Use a toothpick to poke a hole near the base of each petal.

  4. Wrap petals – Wrap the petals around the jerky stick stem and secure with twine or hot glue.

  5. Add leaves – Cut leaf shapes and use toothpicks to attach them around the base.

  6. Arrange in vase – Add multiple jerky rose blooms to complete the bouquet.

The petals and leaves will naturally curl a bit to look like real roses once secured onto the stem. Follow this same method using different flower shaped cookie cutters to create all kinds of edible flower arrangements.

How to Make Beef Jerky Tulips

For tulips, here are some tips:

  • Cut petals into a tulip shape with the cookie cutter.

  • Overlap the petals around the stem, layering them from largest on the bottom to smallest on top.

  • Gently bend the ends of the petals outward to open up the flower.

  • Use leaves sparingly at the base since tulips don’t have many.

How to Make Beef Jerky Orchids

To craft orchids:

  • Cut a wide teardrop shape for the main petals. Add some thinner, delicate petals.

  • Layer the main petal on the stem, then position the thin petals cascading downward.

  • Orchids tend to have triangular leaves pointing upward – perfect use for jerky scraps.

Designing Your Own Flowers

Once you get the basics down, feel free to get creative with the shapes and arrangements. Here are some ideas to make your bouquets unique:

  • Experiment with different flower types like daisies, lilies, sunflowers, etc.

  • Mix and match multiple flower varieties in one bouquet.

  • Shape tiny flowers for filler using jerky bag scraps and toothpicks.

  • Add curls, ruffles, or cuts to the petal edges with scissors.

  • Use food coloring spray or markers to tint the petals other colors.

  • Glue on googly eyes or mini candy decorations for whimsy.

  • Display in mason jars, beer mugs, or other fun vessels.

Storing and Displaying Beef Jerky Flowers

To maximize freshness:

  • Store freshly made bouquets covered in the fridge up to 5 days.

  • Let sit out 1-2 hours before gifting so they come to room temperature.

  • Consider displaying in a vase with floral foam to hold the stems in place.

  • Water isn’t necessary, but you can mist with vodka to add shine and prevent drying.

  • Once gifted, they’ll last 1-2 weeks displayed on the counter.

Now that you’re ready to craft edible beef jerky bouquets for your loved ones, get creative with the shapes, designs, and displays! It’s a fun twist on traditional flowers.

Bouquet Made Of Beef Jerky


What is a jerky bouquet?

BEEF JERKY FLOWERS. You heard us – over a HALF POUND of them. Whether it’s an anniversary, a special occasion, a get-well-soon, or more of a slap on the back, a Broquet from Say It With Beef is the best way to say anything – period. Because, well, flowers made of delicious 100% beef jerky are just 100% better.

Is carne seca beef jerky?

While carne seca is, indeed, a kind of beef jerky, it has some key differences with its American counterpart. In the US, we think of beef jerky as bite-sized, fairly thick pieces of salted, dried beef that you eat with your hands on the go. The meat often has a smoky or peppery flavor, and is rarely used in cooking.

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