Peppermint Candy Topiaries featuring Lor from Show Tell Share {Handmade Holidays Project No.15}

Welcome back to the continuation of the Handmade Holiday Series featuring STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam. This week we are sharing a total of twenty five inspiring projects to create for the upcoming holiday season.


I’m pleased to welcome our fifteenth guest,
Lor from Show Tell Share


Add a sense of whimsical cheer to your holiday decor with Lor’s Peppermint Candy Topiaries. The larger sized STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam spheres Lor used gives these a grand appearance and makes them perfect for entryways. Please welcome Lor.
Some of my special childhood memories of Christmas center around holiday candy. Peppermint sticks and marshmallow Santas and those creamy bits of heaven called Lindt balls were stocking standards in our home. I would savor my stocking candy for weeks, trying to prolong the magical taste of Christmas. Santa always left Starlight mints for us among the cookie crumbs on his plate, and although I enjoyed them year round, those enchanted drops touched by The Man Himself always tasted special and different on Christmas morning.

Last holiday season my friend brought a peppermint-covered decoration to our girls’ craft night. The sight of her ball brought back vivid memories of Christmas-morning delight and crispy-coolness melting in my mouth. I knew I had to make some peppermint topiaries for my home as well! With her permission, I’m sharing my interpretation of her idea. Thanks Tiffany!

Materials needed:

10″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam sphere
6″ STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam cube
Pot or container for the base
Peppermint candies, about 4 1/2 11-oz bags
Red duct tape
1″ dowel
Decorative accents and ribbon as desired
I painted my dowel white, since I wanted a cute, whimsical look to match the red and white candy.

Cut the dowel to 24″. Finding the exact center of the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam cube, gently twist the dowel into the STYROFOAM™ at the center point until it is firmly embedded in the cube, approximately 4-5 inches deep. Secure the cube into the bottom of the container with hot glue.

To hide the white , I cut a piece of square cardstock to size and let it rest on top of the cube, cutting a hole in the center STYROFOAM™ for the dowel. Before gluing the dowel into the cube, twist the other end of the dowel into the STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam sphere, about 5-6 inches deep. Pull the sphere back off the dowel.

Using small strips of colored duct tape, cover the surface of the sphere. Be careful to leave the hole for the dowel uncovered. Smooth down any rough edges or wrinkles in the tape, and then glue the sphere onto the dowel.

With a glue gun, begin at the top of the sphere and attach unwrapped peppermint candies to the tape. Of course, you’ll have to suck on a few of the chipped mints as you work. Just remember that they won’t taste as good now as they will on Christmas morning. After the entire sphere is covered, spray generously with a polyurethane spray to keep the candies from becoming sticky or melting. Down in these parts we’ve been known to have 80 degree temperatures at Christmas time. That just feels wrong somehow.

I added green tinted glass gems to the top of my cardstock to give some extra sparkle, and a big bow for accent.

Depending on the length of your dowel and the size of your sphere and container, these Peppermint Trees would make a cute centerpiece on a table, a festive arrangement at the base of the staircase, or a welcoming display near the entry. As for me, my trees will be right next to the fireplace, waiting to welcome The Man in Red on his Christmas Eve visit.

Merry Christmas!


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Thanks so much Lor for sharing these fun and festive topiaries. With the variety of STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls available these could easily be made in a number of sizes for a grand candy wonderland grouping.
I’ll be back in the morning with another round of creative projects to inspire your Handmade Holidays. For a review of all the previous projects in this series simply click the event button above ~ Enjoy.


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Comments

  1. I used to make those when my kids were young, actually did cone shaped one too. Just an FYI I saved mine year after year in shoe boxes and they lasted for several years. Just don’t put them in the attic or garage, they heat may cause problems. And they look really cool with the star peppermints. I also used the red and green gummy rings, can’t remember what they are called.

  2. Sooo cute. I just made a wreath with these candies. Can’t wait to take pictures and show it off.

  3. Very, very cute! Those look fabulous!

  4. Very cute..

  5. Oh my it’s super cute! Hope to find peppermint candies here and will give it a try then let you know =)

  6. The topiaries are so simple, yet impactful. What fun.

  7. WOW! I love this.

  8. I love this cute Idea and ot’s quite easy. Thanks a lot and merry christmas

  9. So gorgeous and sweetly simple. Love this idea!

  10. Sweet idea! I featured this post today over at Scribbles and Swirls. Please take a look http://tamiscribblesandswirls.blogspot.com/2011/11/peppermint-topiaries.html.
    I hope you like it and follow along as well. Thanks for the inspiration :)
    Tami

  11. Great idea!!! It looks perfect~

  12. Love it! Definitely using this this Christmas. Thanks

        

Trackbacks

  1. […] If you're wondering how you can make one of these visually tasty treats yourself, you're in luck. No, I'm not going to post a tutorial today, because there are numerous tutorials online about how to make candy topiaries. I found one that showed how to make this really nice looking starlight mint topiary. The tutorial can be found on the blog at bystephanielynn.com. […]

  2. […] I’m not going to post a tutorial today, because there are numerous tutorials online about how to make candy topiaries. I found one that showed how to make this really nice looking starlight mint topiary. The tutorial can be found on the blog at bystephanielynn.com. […]

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