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Food gifts: Candy Christmas wreath

Flower arrangement, Flowers, Holiday crafts  |  September 8th 2011  |  0 Comment

Edible Candy Wreath Tutorial

Many years ago, a family friend of mine was gifted with a peppermint candy wreath. She loved it so much that she removed the scissors, therefore no one has ever eaten the candy from it. Since I’ve always loved it, I decided to get adventurous and make myself one this year.

Perfect for decorating or gift giving, plus you can easily customize the colors to your decor by the colors of hard candy that you use. I really wanted green peppermints, but couldn’t find them, so I used the easier to find traditional red peppermints. You could also make these for birthdays or other holidays by choosing wrapped candy in any color.

If you want to make your own you’ll need:

-a wire coat hanger or a wire circle base from the craft store

-lots of hard candies (I used 2 full 19 ounce bags of candy plus about 20 candies from a third bag)
-lots of curling ribbon


-Wired ribbon
-floral wire
-wire clippers
OR a pre made bow

Also optional:

Small pair scissors for cutting candy off wreath

To assemble wreath base:

1. If you bought a craft hoop at the store, you are ready to start on the candies.

If you are making your own wreath frame, I recommend a very strong clothes hanger or your wreath will droop due to the weight of all the candies. My wreath base was made from a clothes hanger with a cardboard base to hang the clothes. I cut that off and there were two hooks already there. Untwist the hanger and create your shape. The wreath can be any shape. A traditional circle, an oval, square, diamond, etc. As you will see, the shape does not need to be perfect.

My imperfectly shaped base. Once the candies are on, nobody will see this.

If you are using a regular clothes hanger, just cut the hook off the top and make a loop on each end using your wire cutters to bend the wire.

2. See those two hooks? Hook them together, then use wire clippers to close the hooks so your shape will stay in place:

Make hooks on each wire end and close to secure wreath base

Get Candies ready:

3. Wrap curling ribbon around a piece of cardboard a bunch of times and cut one end to make a bunch of little ribbons at once. Ribbons at least 6 inches long as good for tying.

4. Tie ribbon on one side of twisted candy. My picture shows it tied on the wreath, but this is a general idea of what the candy will look like with just the ribbon tied on. I knotted mine just to make sure the candy stayed secure since I didn’t plan on eating it.

This is the general idea of what the candy looks like with ribbon tied on

Making Wreath:

5. Tie candy on wreath. You want to knot the ribbon to make sure it doesn’t come off.

The first few candies tied on my wreath

6. Continue tying on candy and pushing it close together to bunch it up. As you will see, your wreath will be pretty ugly at this stage:

Don’t freak out when your wreath looks like this. It gets better, I promise!

7. If the ribbon gets in the way, you may want to trim it as you go.

8. Continue tying and pushing the candy together until you go all around the wreath.

9. Trim curling ribbon or if you want it to show, you may opt to curl it. I trimmed mine.

See, I told you it would look better!

Optional Bow:

You may leave wreath plain or add a bow for the top. I’ll share how I make bows in another post, but if you need help in the meantime, there are a lot of tutorials online for bow making. Many craft stores sell pre made bows in their floral section this time of year as well.

Optional Scissors:

Note I did not do this step because I want my wreath to look pretty during the holiday. However, if you want to eat the candy, cut a long piece of curling ribbon. Tie one end to the wreath and tie the other end to a small pair of scissors.

Source: cozyhomescenes.blogspot.com

source: cozyhomescenes.blogspot.com

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