Sunday, November 16, 2014

Christmas in November #16--Candy Covered Wreath

I shared this idea when I was celebrating the 31 days of Halloween last year. I will hang this wreath outside my office door. It will allow people to stop by and grab a piece of candy. Because of the pins, this is not a great project to have around small children due to the choking hazard of the pins. The idea is that you unpin a piece of candy, leave the pin in the wreath, and then go on your merry way. This works well with any individually wrapped candies.

Materials Needed
Styrofoam Extruded Wreath (not the flat type of wreath). I used a 14" wreath
Ribbon (I used wire edged ribbon). I used about 5 yards of ribbon.
Color Ball Pins
Individually wrapped candies. I used approximately 100 candies.

Pin one edge of the ribbon to the back side of the wreath.

Wrap the ribbon around the wreath going over and through the inner circle. You can try and evenly space the wraps if you wish. The most important aspect of this is to ensure that none of the Styrofoam shows. The front will be covered in candies so you actually won't see too much of the ribbon.

Continue wrapping until the whole form is covered. If you run out of ribbon, Finish your end on the back of the wreath. Start the new length of the ribbon on the back and continue until your form is covered.

Pin your candies to the inside circle of the wreath and continue that circle until your candies meet.

Start another row candies until the front of the wreath is covered.

When finished, take a length of ribbon to make a loop. Pin the edges of the ribbon to the back of the form.

For best coverage, pin the top of one candy to the bottom of the previous candy. This reduces the number of pins that you will have to use.

While wrapping the wreath with ribbon, to prevent the loops from getting loose and moving, I pinned the ribbon on the back side about every five to seven loops.

I found it easier to unravel a length of ribbon from the spool (especially if you buy your ribbon in bulk). Wrap the ribbon in your hand in a loose loop and then wrap your wreath form. This is much easier than working with the bulkiness of the spool and having to pass the spool through the center of the wreath. This will especially be important if you work on a smaller scale.

I plan on doing a different variation of this wreath using a flat chip board wreath.

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