I confess – I’m
a little a lot behind this year. Tree? It’s purchased, but it’s not yet up and decorated . . . Cookies? Dough is made, but they’re not yet baked . . . Presents? Purchased, but not yet wrapped . . . So today we have fun, last-minute ideas that dress up your holiday entertaining and don’t take a lot of time. Chances are that fruits & veggies are on the menu already, so why not spruce them up. And a Candy Topiary? Yes, please!
Because mom always said that you have to eat dinner before you get dessert, we’ll start with the fruits & veggies. Prajakta (or PJ) from the blog Ginger & Garlic shares a tutorial for this mouthwatering Fruit Topiary Tree. The brilliant mix of strawberries and kiwi are beautiful, and PJ added whimsical melon slices cut out with mini cookie cutters. Isn’t this a fun way to get the kids to eat more fruit?
Next course – veggies. Katrina from Wanna Green Bean shows how to “spruce” up your holiday table with a Veggie Topiary. There are more cute little cut-outs, too, as Katrina added a little cheese menagerie made with cheese slices & cookie cutters.
And the finale – the Candy Topiaries. Over the next few days, you can keep the kids busy for an hour or maybe even longer as they craft confectionary masterpieces. And how fun that their work can then double as a centerpiece. Better Homes & Gardens shares these Minty Peppermint Trees and offers a video tutorial to help you make them.
Martha Stewart made Peppermint Candy Topiaries too, and while she displays them in a wedding vignette, these would be beautiful front & center in your Christmas buffet.
Here are a few more ideas made with candy, cookies and gum balls. These are all found on StyrofoamCrafts.com, and the links to the instructions are listed below.
For the project instructions, left to right:
Here’s another option – substitute a wreath ring for the cone and make a Gum Drop Wreath. (Sorry, no step-by-step instructions for this one, but you can follow any of the project instructions above and make substitutions.)
I have a little crafting retrospective planned for Friday, so I’ll see you then. In the meantime, good luck with your preparations and have a little fun in the kitchen, too.
Happy Christmas crafting!