White Christmas: Gumdrop Wreath
Photography: Gentl and Hyers
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2000
An alternative to traditional holiday greenery, this whimsical wreath is constructed of white gumdrops, secured with toothpicks to a Styrofoam wreath form, and hung from a satin ribbon. Of course, this candy wreath can be as colorful as the gumdrops you choose. Glass dishes and jars filled with all-white treats, such as Jordan almonds, dragees, champagne bubbles, and white candy canes, suggest an enchanted candy counter.
Styrofoam wreath form
Wrap enough florist's wire around wreath form to leave a large loop for hanging. Break toothpicks in half. Lay wreath form flat.
Begin a short row: Place pointed end of a few toothpick halves into Styrofoam, following the form's curve from inside to outside; push one gumdrop onto broken end of each toothpick. After row is a few inches long, make a parallel row on each side until section is covered. Repeat until wreath is complete.
Note: If you try to complete an entire ring of gumdrops before moving to next row, it will be very difficult to create a uniform pattern.
Suspend wreath from wire hanger, disguised with a wide satin bow.