Friday, December 3, 2010

because candy isn't just for eating

i'm anticipating
a parade of ants
i grabbed this idea for a gumdrop wreath from tatertots and jello 
this i came up with on my own
with a little help from the cheap candy aisle at the drug store

* these are really simple to do. all you need is a glue gun, a foam wreath and hands made of asbestos.  i think one made of lemon drops would be so adorable!
--the peppermint wreath is 12"  foam with a flat back.  it took approximately 2 1/2 bags (1lb 9oz each) of Bob's Sweet Stripes.  The back is not covered. 
**if you are having difficulty getting the mints to adhere to the foam, try wrapping the wreath in ribbon first, then glue the mints to the ribbon

47 comments:

  1. Christy I like yur peppermint wreath a ton! It is so cute, fresh, and festive. I agree with you that there are many other uses for candy. I was ruthless and tore all the candy corns off my styrofoam spheres -- I didn't want to buy more spheres. Love the wreath! Joni

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  2. brilliant! I love this so much better than the gumdrops!

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  3. LOOOOVE the second wreath. super cute!!

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  4. Just stopping by from Tatertots and Jello and I just wanted to tell you how much I love that wreath! I like the peppermint version the best and I'm sure it was probably faster to make since they're bigger than gumdrops!

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  5. These are adorable! I have a peppermint thing going this Christmas and your wreath would make a perfect addition! Thanks!

    I found you through Tatertots and Jello!

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  6. J and I are headed to Michaels in the Am just to start this project thanks Christy!!!

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  7. I love the peppermint wreath, it's gorgeous! I also like the gumdrop wreath, I have done one too. I almost like the peppermint better tho.
    Super cute blog, I found you from Tatortots and Jello! :)

    Jodi

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  8. This is ADORABLE and so eye-catching, I had to stop by! Love it!

    Popping by from the Weekend Wrap-Up Party at T&J!

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  9. Wow. I am in love with that peppermint wreath!

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  10. Love this idea. My kids would want to eat it!

    following from T&J

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  11. I love the peppermint wreath. I love the dimension of the candies you used. I made one using the flat circles, but I love the texture of yours! I sprayed mine with a clear varnish to keep it from getting sticky- it seemed to do the job! Nice Work!

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  12. Sooooooo your saying that if I come over I can't eat it at your front door? Just a lick??

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  13. how fun! i especially like the 3D effect. great job!!

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  14. I love these - so cute! I can only imagine how gorgeous that mint wreath must smell :)

    I'm doing a crafty Christmas linkup if you fancy adding this - I'd love to feature this, it's a great idea.

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  15. Those are awesome and so creative!

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  16. OH my! I am obsessing over everything peppermint this year...Must be a peppermint defficiency, right? Must. Eat. More. Peppermint!! :-) I am totally going to make your peppermint wreath. Do you have any idea if I can make it permanent by spraying varnish on it???

    Thanks for the inspiration! And reminding me...that I need more peppermint!

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  17. Hi All...thanks for your wonderful comments. MarytheKay...Amy mentioned that she sprayed varnish on hers---so i guess you could. Actually, I should do that too!

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  18. That peppermint wreath is my favorite candy wreath I've seen! It's so pretty and wonderfully festive!

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  19. SO cute! And one of lemon drops would be adorable! This wreath could be modified for all seasons/holidays. Thanks for sharing! Stopping by from TT&J :)

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  20. Super cute! But, yes, the ants would be ruthless here in HI. That lovely wreath wouldn't last a day. :(

    I just became a follower. Keep the lovely ideas coming!

    Aloha and Mele Kalikimaka,

    Charlie

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  21. I wish I had that adorable gum drop wreath on my door!

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  22. super ccute! I am featuring this at somedaycrafts.blogspot.com. Grab my featured button.

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  23. I'm absolutely loving your blog! I just found you through Tatertots and Jello. I was wondering if you'd mind if I featured you on my blog? I saw so many projects that I wanted to share, I figure I might as well do a feature! E-mail me at craftymamablog@yahoo.com

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  24. Wonder if you could find a sugar-free candy version, which would clearly be of no interest to the ants.

    Now, if you varnished it, how confident could you be that the ants wouldnt be interested....wonder if there is any chance of resuing it the following year....

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  25. Beautiful! I just might make one these for myself.

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  26. This is super cute! Approximately how much candy did you have to have?

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  27. oh korrie...i should have put that in there...i will add it to the post. the wreath is 12" and it took approximately 2 1/2 (1lb9oz each) bags of Bob's Sweet Stripes. I found them at Rite Aide...i left the back of the wreath empty so it would lay flat. thanks for asking!

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  28. I just wanted to stop by and let you know that I linked to this post today from the Home & Garden channel at Craft Gossip. :)

    Your feature will appear in the main Craft Gossip RSS feed, on the main home page and can be found directly here
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/peppermint-candy-wreath/

    If you would like a "featured by" button, you can grab one here!
    http://homeandgarden.craftgossip.com/grab-a-craft-gossip-button/

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  29. HAHA! The army of ants at my house is the kid... Fabulous job on the wreath! I love it!
    Thanks for linking up to Making It With Allie! I can't wait to see what you have for next week!
    AllieMakes.Blogspot.com

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  30. That is the coolest wreath I've seen yet.

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  31. Oh my goodness...I'd add 20lbs to my butt just making that! Total awesomeness!
    thx for sharing.

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  32. Coming from be different act normal, LOVE this. It is pretty much the awesomest...totally a word :).

    Just Another Day in Paradise

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  33. What a great idea! The peppermint swirls give your wreath a great classic look from the red and white while still being totally unique. I love love love it. I featured you today on my wreath round up post.

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  34. Lovely! This is for sure one of the best I've seen so far! Hope you'll link this up to Made with Love Monday too! http://sewchatty.blogspot.com

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  35. Wow! Those wreaths are gorgeous!

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  36. I just finished making a peppermint wreath a while ago. Mine's different (same concept though)

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  37. Thanks for the blog visit & kind comment :) I love your wreath. So beautiful!

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  38. I love the peppermint wreath! I've added it to the M&T Spotlight! http://www.makeandtakes.com/spotlight

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  39. Love your wreath... Featuring it on my blog on Sunday.

    Feel free to stop by and button-up ;)

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  40. Hi!! I've just come across with this fantastic wreaths and I am willing to make them with some kids who are coming over, but, I cannot find the tutorial anywhere. Could you please tell me how did you stick the candies??? and what material was the wreaths made of??? Thank you

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  41. Thanks for this post. I made a wreath, too, but it doesn't look as full as yours. was your wreath the round kind of the flat, beveled kind?

    I like the way mine turned out, it's just not the same as yours. Here's a link to mine :)
    http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10150504636156223&set=a.10150092867396223.306671.549656222&type=1&theater

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  42. tiffany--i am so glad you shared this with me...it is really cute. I used a beveled wreath..it was rounded on the front and flat on the back. i also think my candies were a bit smaller than yours. the only thing i think i did differently than you was, i was a bit random in my placing of the candies..it might have given me an extra row or two.

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  43. Christy,

    Would love to get in touch with you about featuring this project on a website. Could you please email me at jbuege@mspcustomcontent.com? Thanks! Jennifer

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  44. Love your peppermint wreath! Beautiful. In response to your ant comment, I wonder if you could use a spray shellac and protect it from small critters?

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    1. dear anon...the spray shellac does work well...the ants thankfully stayed away! :)thank you for coming by and commenting.happy holidays!

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