Monday, December 13, 2010

{Tips & Hints} Candy Wreath Tutorial


I've been dying to make a candy wreath since before Halloween but I just haven't had the time. So I was really excited to finally be able to make one last week!! If you would like to make one too, here's what you will need:

- Two 20oz bags of Peppermint Starlights
- One 16" styrofoam wreath form
- One 20 yd. roll of 1 1/2" floral ribbon
- One 4 yd. roll of 1 1/2" decorative ribbon
- Hot Glue
- Shellac (optional)

I started by wrapping the wreath form with the floral ribbon.

This serves two purposes:
1. It gives the hot glue something less porous than styrofoam to adhere to
2. There will inevitably be gaps between your starlights. The ribbon will be more attractive looking than the raw styrofoam.

Next unwrap your starlights and begin to hot glue them to wreath.

Instead of gluing in rows, I glued more in a brick pattern. The starlights are not a uniform size so there will be gaps and areas where the pattern doesn't exactly line up. Do not be alarmed. 

One of the places where your starlights will probably not line up properly is the outside edge of the wreath. So, I cut some of my remaining floral ribbon down to 1" and gently glued (using as little glue as possible) it to the outside edge.

(** NOTE** If you will be hanging this wreath in a warm or damp climate, I highly recommend shellacking it, to prevent the candies from melting, prior to adding any of the decorative ribbon.)

Then I wrapped a 3 1/2' length of my decorative ribbon around the top of my wreath and tied a bow. Next I gently glued the loops and the lengths of the ribbon into an attractive shape. Finally I threaded a length of the remaining decorative ribbon through the bow and tied it off so that I could hang it on my front door.


So, there you have it. Happy holiday wreath making!!!

59 comments:

  1. Very pretty! I know I'd have to be very careful with the glue gun!

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  2. LOVE this, Gwynn! So bright and cheerful! I added it to my DIY wreath roundup:
    http://blowoutparty.com/blog/2010/12/creative-diy-christmas-wreaths/

    You really need to get on Facebook, btw!

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  3. I think this wreath is to die for! I would love it if you would link up to our 12 Days of Christmas Show-Off.
    http://www.whipperberry.com/2010/12/12-days-of-christmas-show-off-linky.html
    Kisses!

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  4. Wow, how are you able to do all of this with a new baby?? You must be superwoman! Thanks so much for this great tutorial!! It is beautiful!
    -Iris

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  5. Love that you used the red ribbon behind it! And yes, how are you doing this with a newborn???

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  6. So, so pretty! And I'm sure it smells wonderful, too! :)

    Thanks for sharing!

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  7. Is there anything that can be used to seal the peppermints...living in Florida, the humidity would eat it up!

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  8. Doesn't this melt in the weather? I made on with candy corn and It was a huge melty mess.

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  9. I'll be featuring your wreath tomorrow on my blog. Feel free to stop by and button-up!

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  10. I just made this and it was super easy and turned out really cute. I sealed it with a spray sealant so that it would last outside. Thanks!

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  11. If I use some kind of sealer will I be able to store the wreath to use for other years?

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  12. Anonymous, you should be able to store it. Several sites online say that you can seal candy decorations with shellac and store them. Although I don't know from personal experience as we only used our last year and then got rid of it. Sorry I can't be of more help.

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  13. Did you really need the full 20 yards of ribbon to wrap the wreath? We're making these at a wreath making party tonight!

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  14. Hi Amy! Sorry I'm just getting your comment. We had hurricane level winds a couple days ago and I have been without internet and power every since. You don't need a full 20 yards. It was just the spool that I had available. I am so sorry but I don't know how many you might need exactly. Maybe 5-7 yards. I wish I could be more helpful.

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  15. I just wanted to let you know you are featured in my blog for my top 20 DIY wreath Ideas.

    happy holidays

    thank you
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  16. Can you tell me what shellacking is? and if it is a product where to look for it? I am new to the crafting world! Beautiful wreath!

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  17. I hope to make one tonight! Thanks for posting

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  18. This wreath is adorable ! Thank you.
    diversu

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  19. Hey there! Just wanted to let you know we featuring you in our Favorite Find Fridays post tomorrow over at Whimsically Homemade. We're using one of your pictures and are linking back to you. If that's a problem let us know and we'll remove it immediately. Thanks for your great inspiration!

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  20. Just made this with my nephew for an art project. Turned out beautifully. I left the peppermint in the wrapper. I'm thinking this would make it last longer.

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  21. Just stopping by to let you know I featured this project on this round-up
    http://diycraftyprojects.com/2012/12/50-beautiful-christmas-wreath-ideas-and-insperation-collection.html :)

    Feel free to grab a featured button from my side bar.

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  22. I'm so gonna make this wreath! Love it!

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  23. I am truly afraid to make this thinking that ants will get the best of it or other insects, Did the spray sealant work? thank you :)

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  24. What a super fun idea for a Christmas wreath. Love the simplicity and the colouring of the candy.

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  25. I made this last year but made the mistake of not sealing it. It only took one day in our damp weather to make it start melting, so I ended up having to trash it. But the original finished product was so pretty! I want to do it again, but I am definitely going to look for something to seal it with this time.

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  26. I love it!! I'm going to make one with my girls this year!

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  28. I love this wreath and tried to make it... it was gorgeous, until I put a layer of shellac on it! All the red from the starlights ran! Icky, sticky, sad mess.

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  29. I love this and plan to make a couple as gifts. I have one question, do you put the peppermint over the entire thing, the back? thanks

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  30. I was going to try to make a candy wreath with the small scissors for visitors to cut their selves a piece of candy. Alas, my hands shake too much. I wasn't able to tie them onto the ribbon wrapped wreath. I think I can do this one. Thanks!

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