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How to Make a Candy Topiary Tree
Candy topiary trees are a simple craft that make a great centerpiece/ piece or decor or can be a good gift to cheer someone up. They can be used as a party favor as well, where guests can help themselves once the festivities have ended. This candy topiary is straightforward to make but you will need to set aside some time to allow the glue to dry after each section.
Assemble everything first.Before you begin, make sure you have all of your supplies and plug in your hot glue gun so it is ready to use when needed.
Preparing the Foam
Trace the bottom of the clay pot onto the foam cube.Do this with care.
Cut the foam cube to fit in the clay pot.
- Tip: Cut from an angle away from the traced circle.
Place the cut foam block into the clay vase.Make sure that it fits nicely and sits flat on the bottom
- Tip: Add pressure to the top of the foam block pushing it flat into the bottom of the vase.
Remove the block from the vase.Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the bottom of the block. Then place the foam block back into place in the vase, glue side facing downward, applying gentle pressure while the glue dries.
Preparing the Stick
Unwrap the ribbon from the spool.Add just a small amount of hot glue to the end of the ribbon.
Place the ribbon end onto the wooden stick from an angle.Work quickly, before the hot glue dries. Then continue to wrap the ribbon tightly around the wooden stick until the stick is covered with ribbon.
Fix the end of the ribbon.Once the wooden stick is completely covered with ribbon, take the end of the ribbon and hot glue it firmly in place on the stick.
Mark a dot in the center of the foam in the vase.Pierce the wooden stick through the marked dot until the stick in place and stable in the vase
Remove the wooden stick with care.Apply hot glue to the end of the stick, and carefully place the stick back into the foam block, applying little pressure as the glue dries.
Strengthen the stick's placement.With the hot glue gun, add a layer of glue surrounding the wooden stick in the foam block to assure stability.
Adding the Foam Sphere
Mark a dot into a relatively center spot on the foam sphere, using a Sharpie.Then, carefully place the sphere onto the stick, having the marked dot touching the wooden stick.
Push into place.Without completely piercing the sphere through the wooden stick, push the foam sphere down onto the wooden stick. Keep pressing until it feels as if the wooden stick has pierced to the center of the sphere and it is stable.
Proceed to take the sphere off the wooden stick.With the hot glue gun, squeeze a small amount of hot glue onto the stick’s top and put the sphere back into place on the wooden stick.
Adding the Candies
Prepare the lollipops.With a pair of scissors, cut the handle off all the Dum Dum lollipops in half. This is done to prevent them from colliding when placing them on the tree.
Starting at the top of the sphere, place a Dum Dum sucker into the sphere.Make sure the sucker is pushed in the deepest it can go.
Continue to place more suckers into the sphere.Follow a circular motion from the first sucker.
Add the final candies to the pot.Once the foam sphere is completely filled, fill the clay pot with Jolly Ranchers.
Done.The candy topiary is now completed and can be placed on a table, buffet table or other place for display and for use if you'd like guests to help themselves.
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