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When I was a kid one of the best things about Christmas was the candy. You see my Mimmie didn’t really let me have any candy and my parents did but they bought the candy they liked in bulk and, as it happened, it was candy I didn’t like. Anybody remember Tart ‘n Tinies? Blech.
But at Christmas-time everybody went candy mad. My Mimmie would buy a gigantic box of chocolates and the only rule was that if you took a bite you ate it whether it was one you liked or not on pain of never getting another chocolate again. This very strict policy is why I began poking a hole in the bottom of every candy them with my finger until I found one I DID like! There were also lots of tins of butter cookies and candy canes doubling as decor and snacks. My mom would buy big plastic buckets of gum drops and peppermint puffs that would melt the second they hit your tongue. And lots and lots of chocolate. Yep, it was all about the candy for me.
So when I was thinking up Christmas crafts for this year I kept going back to candy. Some of the projects are working out well but others aren’t exactly panning out. I mean, candy isn’t typical craft medium for a reason. But I am so pleased to announce that this gum drop wreath turned out so amazingly well, if not a little bit heavy. And to be honest, these are actually spice drops as I couldn’t find gum drops for sale quite yet but either ones will work for this project.
To make your own gum drop wreath you will need:
- 14 inch styrofoam wreath form – the rough kind
- lots and lots of gum drops or spice drops – I used almost 5 pounds
- glitter holiday bows – mine are from Walmart
- lots of hot glue
First start a straight line of the drops going across the wreath. Use a healthy daub of hot glue to ensure that each candy stays securely in place.
Stagger the gum drops as you glue them, nestling the next in the curve made by two side by side.
Continue gluing down the drops going as close to the edges as you can on the outer and inner edges.
Now this is where I ran out of candy. I purchased 4 ten ounce bags thinking that would be overkill. Ha! Think again!
I may have mentioned that this sucker has 5 pounds of candy on it. To hang so that it is nice and sturdy I took apart one of my glitter bows (there were 3 to the package) hoping that it would be one big piece of plastic/fabric. It wasn’t so I had to staple and hot glue it into one continuous strip around the wreath.
I covered my ugly staples with the bow and shoved some more hot glue where I could just to be extra careful!
Can you believe how pretty that came out? I think I maybe remember my mom doing this when I was a kid, so it’s hardly an original project but it’s super cute anyway. The wreath is high impact on a little budget and can cost you as little as $15 is you shop smart (a.k.a 40% off coupons and discount stores for the candy!)
Don’t place this outside where it might get rained on because this is candy after all making it a strictly indoors bit of decor. Will you be hot gluing candy any time soon?