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Candy Topiaries

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hope everyone is having a great weekend!  The sun is shining and everyone is good and healthy at our house, which means it is a weekend of cleaning, tree decorating, catching up on projects and finishing our outside lights!
I thought I would share with you today a very simple Pinterest inspired topiary that I just completed.


I started out with 2 clay pots (that only cost me 0.25 cents!) and spray painted them gold and a top coat of glitter. 

Then I cut a Styrofoam ball in half and hot glued it inside my pots.




Next I took my spray painted sticks and hot glued them inside the Styrofoam.  I put my other Styrofoam balls on top of the sticks to make sure they were centered.   I then covered them in colored duck tape (this is definitely a must do or you will have white spaces showing in between your candies.

I used Snow Drops that I got on clearance at Craft Warehouse to go inside my pots...



Now came the super tedious fun part!  Simply hot glue the thousands of candies...
Yes, I see the one escapee at the bottom ;-) 


I followed up the finished look with a coat of Polyurethane spray to keep the candies from melting and getting all sticky.

Here are my disclaimers if you choose to do this project yourself...

The large one is super top heavy because the genius making it didn't realize how heavy a million candies are for one piece of Styrofoam!  If I were to do it again I would advise a shorter or wider stick and something heavier in the pot to keep it down. 

Also if you are a perfectionist this may not be the project for you.  The little mints don't like to line up perfectly the whole way around.  I don't mind it at all, since I usually prefer things with a little bit of flaws ;-) but it may make some of you OCD gals crazy! 

Last bit of advice...make sure you buy way more candies than you think you will need.  I way underestimated the amount of mints I would need to make these.  I originally purchased 3 bags of red and green mix and I only had enough red to finish half of the little one.  I ended up going to the store 3 times for mints! 

I will also fully admit that I have one more topiary sitting in my garage waiting for mints, but I have no motivation to do it right now because it took me so long to glue the little suckers on ;-) 

Most of you probably have a lot more patience, skill and common sense than I do and would most likely breeze through this project though...

I will also be linking up to these fabulous parties...
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20 comments:

MomsFunMoney said...

They turned out really cute!

✿ⒹⒺⒺ✿@ A Lapin Life said...

Very sweet! My aunt Joyce use to make these. They sure do bring back wonderful memories.

Dee

MacKensie said...

These are absolutely adorable!! I love them! I'm stopping by from the Sunday Blog hop! I hope you'll check my blog out as well!

xoxo

MacKensie
http://mackensieg.blogspot.com/

EvA. . . said...

so so cute! they look adorable! found u over at social sunday! following along :)

love. lindsey said...

So cute and whimsical! Just came over from the sunday social and am now following. Have a fantastic day!

Anna said...

Cute! I will be sharing this on my FB page.

Anna
www.askannamoseley.com

Brooke @ Spruce Your Nest said...

Thanks everyone!

Cindy Adkins said...

These are totally adorable--WOW!!!!

Jen Lossing, The Consigner Designer said...

So cute! I just love them! Nice job1

raising4princesses said...

so adorable. Just what you expect seeing on the way to Santa's ! I'm having a link party on my blog and I'd be tickled pink if you'd link this up! http://caribbeanmissionarywife.blogspot.com/2011/12/t-time-48-and-link-party.html

Brittany said...

These are lovely! I want to make some...thanks for sharing! I'm your newest follower...would be so grateful if you stopped by ours too :)
funwiththefullwoods.blogspot.com

Marilyn said...

These are SO lovely.. Absolutely adorable.. : ))

Jessica said...

These look so festive! I have seen so many projects using these candies but not topiarys :) Homestories visitor

Lynn at Cottage and Creek said...

Your topiary trees are so cute! Thanks for sharing the how-to instructions. They add lots of holiday cheer to your porch. I'm your newest follower and I hope you can pop over to Cottage and Creek and follow back. Merry Christmas to you and yours!
Lynn

Hannah said...

I just found your blog from over at rolled up pretty! What a great idea! You did such an amazing job! So festive!!

Aimee said...

Oh my goodness Brooke I LOVE these topiaries! You're amazing! How are you doing!?!? I hope your Christmas Month has been GREAT so far!!!

Thanks for linking up to my party!!!
XO, Aimee from ItsOverflowing.com

adventuresindinner said...

These are the nicest topiaries that I've seen out there! Fab idea and informative tutorial.

Thank-you so much for joining up to our Pin’Inspiration Thursday Party. Your creativity adds so much to the fun.

Happy follower, would love if you popped by and grabbed a button :-)

Kara at Petals to Picots said...

I am over visiting from the JAQS Studio link party. I love this topiary idea!

~Kara (your newest follower :)
www.petalstopicots.com

Rolled Up Pretty said...

K really!? The cutest idea EVER! Thanks SO much for sharing and for linking it up to my blog. I think I just might have to try this! :)

cathy@my1929charmer said...

Loving the topiaries, so cute. Do you ever find some of the mints are gone. You know someone passing by and grabbing one off? Just kidding. Thanks for sharing at Sunday's Best and wishing you Happy Holiday's.

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