Crafts + Candy = A Halloween Candy Topiary Tutorial

Is it me, or is there currently a candy craft craze going on? One of the most popular tutorials we’ve featured this year is the Lollipop Tree from Meet the Dubiens. With October right around the corner, it’s the perfect time to talk about Halloween Candy Topiaries, a craft kids and adults are sweet on. We’ll share two ways to make Halloween Candy Topiaries, and then I hope you’ll share your candy creations on our Facebook page.

How to make candy topiaries

These beautiful candy topiaries from All You magazine are too pretty to eat!

The key difference between today’s two techniques for making candy topiaries is that one is edible and one is not. All You magazine featured these gorgeous Halloween Candy Topiaries, which are made with glue and therefore, really shouldn’t be eaten. Using a glue gun also means it’s for adults and not for kids. I’ve made candy topiaries several times, and the advantages to using glue are that it’s fast and the candies stay where you put them. The downside – it’s decorative only. Here’s how All You made its Halloween Candy Topiaries:

To make the All You Halloween Topiaries you’ll need:

  • STYROFOAM Brand Foam: Cone in size of your choice
  • Ribbon, 1″ wide (about 1 yard for a 12″ cone)
  • Low-temperature glue gun & glue sticks
  • Assorted candies

To make the All You Halloween Topiaries:

1. Wrap cone in ribbon. Glue to secure.

2. Starting at the base of cone, glue on candy. Create a striped effect by alternating rows of different types of candy. Continue until cone is completely covered.

3. Optional:  Add fake spider webs.

4. Display and admire!

Candy Topiary tutorial

Use frosting as glue to make the Colorful Gumball Topiary (left) and the Flowerful Fruit Roll Up Topiary. Change up the candies to make these for Halloween.

Now, let’s say you want to do more than make a pretty topiary – you want to eat it, too. Designer Kathleen George has made dozens of edible topiaries through the years and her secret to an edible topiary is to use frosting as your glue. Kathleen recommends pre-made fondant icing (this comes in a tube); light or whipped canned icing; or you can make your own edible glue using powdered sugar and a tiny bit of water. This is the version I’d recommend for kids!

Kids Halloween craft: candy topiary

Kids would LOVE making this creepy candy topiary! It uses frosting for "glue" so the candy is edible.

Kathleen made both the Flowerful Fruit Roll-Up Topiary and the Colorful Gumball Topiary, and the instructions for both are on Make these with your favorite candies, from candy corn to licorice nibs to m&ms. In the spirit of the season, add in gummy worms, eyeballs, spiders, etc., like this creepy crawly candy topiary Kathleen made for a children’s craft magazine.

What’s your favorite candy? I love chocolate any day of the year, but at Halloween, candy corn is a must. In fact, next week I’ll share several candy corn inspired crafts. In other sweet news, our craft bin is overflowing this time of year, and starting next week, we’ll blog about new craft ideas three times a week – Monday, Wednesday and Friday, through October 31. So pour that cup of coffee, fire up your glue gun, and we’ll see you again on Monday.

Happy candy crafting!


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