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Project

Candy Topiary

Introduction

To create Dylan Lauren's beautiful candy topiary, follow these steps.

Materials

  • 7-inch flower pot
  • 6-inch Styrofoam ball
  • Styrofoam cone (18 inches tall by 6 inches wide)
  • 18-inch-long, 3/4-inch-diameter dowel (stained)
  • 4 to 5 bags of assorted fun-size candy bars
  • 1 pound of twist wrapped candies
  • Hot-glue gun
  • Glue sticks

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Place Styrofoam ball inside flower pot.

  2. Step 2

    Force dowel through Styrofoam ball inside flower pot. Poke hole into cone.

  3. Step 3

    Add glue to dowel and affix cone to dowel.

  4. Step 4

    Make sure glue gun is on low setting; a high setting will crinkle wrapper.

  5. Step 5

    Begin attaching first row of candy to bottom of cone.

  6. Step 6

    Make sure all wrappers line up and that they extend about 1/2 inch below base of cone. Hold candy in place until it is secured to cone. 

  7. Step 7

    Start second row of candy: Apply glue toward top of wrapper, making sure there is a slight overlap between first and second row of candy (like roof shingles).

  8. Step 8

    Continue gluing candy in rows around cone all the way to the top. When cone is completely covered with candy, fill bottom of pot with wrapped candies of your choice (such as Bit O' Honey, Jolly Ranchers, Laffy Taffy, or Double Bubble Gum).

  9. Step 9

    If giving as a gift, wrap finished topiary in cellophane and top with a ribbon.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, January 2007

Reviews (26)

  • Happy_Birthday_Dr_Seuss 25 Jan, 2013

    Candy Topiary
    Russell's Friday Centerpiece
    Beautifu and Lovely!

  • lilysnana55 18 Oct, 2008

    Before I saw the instructions, I thought they ,might have used T-pins to attach the candy bars through the flap on the the wrapper. One could gently pull and the candy bar would come off, leaving the pin behind. I would experiment with this to see if it worked. Cute idea either way.

  • lilysnana55 18 Oct, 2008

    Before I saw the instructions, I thought they ,might have used T-pins to attach the candy bars through the flap on the the wrapper. One could gently pull and the candy bar would come off, leaving the pin behind. I would experiment with this to see if it worked. Cute idea either way.

  • sassiKat 17 Oct, 2008

    MORE of the "If using Hershey's Kisses" ideas: Things will look gr8 if U pay special attention to the color Kiss wrapper being used on the tree; (i.e. use red

  • libbylou58 17 Oct, 2008

    I am wondering if the pot is 7 inches tall or 7 inches in diameter. Any advice? My feeble attempt at this project is toppling over!

  • NorbieK 16 Oct, 2008

    I love "dianeandrew's" raffle idea. That is far awesome than a gift basket.

  • dianeandrew 16 Oct, 2008

    GREAT Raffle Idea. I did this tree for our Hospital fund raiser and Church bazaar.
    It was a real attention grabber.

  • jenniferabney 16 Oct, 2008

    Darling gift for the teacher's lounge. What a cute way for your gobblins to brighten their day!

  • aramos 16 Oct, 2008

    This is really neat anddnot that expensive. I like it. What I was thinking to takeit a step further is to give it as a gift with a little extra. Once the candies are gone... they can plant the flowers that you so, conveniently, placed on the bottom of the pot. Write a little note telling them about the flower seeds. ie. Plant these seeds and watch the flowers flourish as our friendship has over the years. or something nicer, but just an idea I put together for a friend.

  • breadbaker 16 Oct, 2008

    It;s very cute but how do you get the candy off. It must look like a big mess after they've tried to tear off all that paper

  • TriciaJay 16 Oct, 2008

    OMG! What about a fruit tree...Might be healthier for the kids! This is all we need!

  • sassiKat 16 Oct, 2008

    MORE of the "If using Hershey's Kisses" ideas: Things will look gr8 if U pay special attention to the color Kiss wrapper being used on the tree; (i.e. use red

  • maria_fernanda 16 Oct, 2008

    Es una gran idea!

  • llush 16 Oct, 2008

    Using cardboard instead of Styrofoam would be more environmentally friendly. A nice craft for Christmas too. And visions of sugarplums danced in their heads...

  • valmcgov 16 Oct, 2008

    fishkisses........I would cover a round foam ball if choosing to use hershey's kisses

  • valmcgov 16 Oct, 2008

    fishkisses......the smaller cones are available for purchase.....cover them with hershey's kisses or funsize sweetarts

  • Simo64 16 Oct, 2008

    Will the candy wrapper tear when you pick one candy off the topiary?

  • fishkisses1026 16 Oct, 2008

    I wonder if you could make a smaller version of this for place cards for a up and coming wedding? ;) I just love this idea!

    Any suggestions?

  • nemommy 16 Oct, 2008

    This is super cute and such an easy project. It would be cute to do the same thing but with red and green wrapped candy for Christmas.

  • bug32 16 Oct, 2008

    My husband and I had a ball making this for a church fundraiser. Two of the children (w/parent's permission) got into a bidding war and we made $75! It was great having my husband working on a craft with me!

  • Lil-Martita 16 Oct, 2008

    I wonder if glue dots will hold the candy, instead of using a glue gun.

  • valmcgov 16 Oct, 2008

    dollygee, I loved your idea about making one with chips for the diabetic. I'm taking it a step further and including something for both the salty and sweet tooth. How about putting a square block of foam underneath the cone and covering it with chips and then cover the cone with the funsize candy bars. Clearly the dowel would have to be taller, but a 4" tall block would provide for 2 rows of chips............off to Michael's to make my purchases and then make this GREAT IDEA! Thanks Martha!

  • sparkleplenty 16 Oct, 2008

    This is very cute, and would make a good Christmas (or any other holiday) present for kids of any age! My mom used to make christmas trees with this sort of design, but would set the dowel in plaster of paris in the base. It would even out the weight and make it less likely to tip over.

  • sweetpeach7 16 Oct, 2008

    Love love this idea!

  • jopadiet 16 Oct, 2008

    This is TOO cute! Can't wait to try it out!

  • dollygee 16 Oct, 2008

    HI. you can also use small bags of chips for those who are diabetic,s