Simply say the word "bedazzle" and Kevin Sharkey is in. "A mini forest of ethereal rock-candy trees, adorned with colored crystals, is heaven to me," he says. "It reminds me of the opening credits in "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" with Burl Ives. There's magic in multiples -- make at least three for maximum effect. This trio makes for a fabulous welcome in an entryway or a shimmering centerpiece on a holiday table."
Tools and Materials
- Foam tree forms in various heights
- Hot-glue gun
- Rock candy on string, cut into 3-inch pieces
- Wax strips
- Crystals or rhinestones, in various shapes and sizes
- Stylists' wax
- Lucite tea-light holders
Rock-Candy Trees How-To
- Beginning at the bottom edge of 1 foam form, apply a 3-inch square of hot glue. Press rock-candy pieces firmly into glue until set.
- Repeat, working your way up the tree. Fill in any gaps with loose rock candy until the form is completely covered.
- Affix crystals or rhinestones to the tree using stylists' wax (so you can remove the pieces and use them again next year), spacing them as you would ornaments. (Tip: You can also use other candy, wrapped or unwrapped, to embellish your tree. Simply attach with hot glue.)
- Apply hot glue around the opening of 1 tea-light holder. Center the tree on top; press firmly until set. (Tip: If you have difficulty finding tea-light holders, you can also use a glittered wooden block as the trunk for the tree.)
Foam cones, michaels.com. Rock candy, in White, economycandy.com. Wax strips, setshop.com. Swarovski Elements crystals, swarovski-crystallized.com. Oslo candleholders, crateandbarrel.com.