Does anyone else feel like they’re living in Candyland right now? Make the most of it by making a Candy Bar Topiary. My next question – are these topiaries centerpieces or mini, candy bar dessert buffets? I say both, and who doesn’t love a time-saving, two-for-one deal? The Candy Bar Topiaries are also super easy and require no glue or frosting — yay, no mess! (For a variation on a theme, check out our tutorial for how to make a Lollipop Topiary Tree.)
Once Halloween is over and you’re sorting through the “loot,” think about saving some of your candy stash to make a Candy Bar Topiary for Thanksgiving dinner. If your kids are old enough to handle straight pins, they can help out and make the Candy Bar Topiary/Candy Bar Buffet for you (just be sure you have a few extras for the inevitable snacking).
First up is a Quick Candy Topiary found on StyrofoamCrafts.com. In keeping with the season, the base is actually a pumpkin made from a ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam. Once the Quick Candy Topiary is picked clean, save the foam form and re-use it next year.
Dylan Lauren, owner of famed candy store Dylan’s Candy Bar in New York City, demonstrates her technique for making a Candy Topiary on the Martha Stewart Show. For those who would like a little more instruction, Martha offers a video tutorial.
HGTV has Halloween Candy Topiaries in a black and orange theme. You can usually find bags of wrapped mints at various dollar stores, so the savings makes this version super sweet. (Note: HGTV spray painted the cones first; before spray painting, carefully read the can label to be sure the paint is safe for STYROFOAM Brand Foam.)
I hope your Halloween weekend brings more treats than tricks! We’ll be back to our Tuesday/Friday schedule next week, and we’ll be bringing you lots of creative, crafty ideas for the holidays. (And I think it might be time for a few giveaways, too . . .)