How to Make a Candy Centerpiece
Candy comes in such a variety of shapes and colors that it's ideal to make a centerpiece with. Plus, if you're careful in how you make the centerpiece, it can even be edible. You can use candy to recreate flowers or topiaries, and you can also use them to create colorful vases, depending on what you want to do with the centerpiece.
Making a Candy Topiary
Gather your supplies.You'll need a pot, a styrofoam ball, foam for the pot, a stick to attach the ball to the foam in the pot, and hot glue. For an edible ball, you can still use styrofoam, but you'll also need aluminum foil, meringue powder, powdered sugar, food coloring, and water. Of course, you'll also need the candy you want to use.
- If you want to skip the glue altogether, you can use stick candy that you stick into the foam, rather than glue on.
- You can use any kind of small candy you want, such as jelly beans, peppermint candies, gumballs, candy-coated chocolate candies, or even chocolate kisses. For gravel, try pieces of rock candy or jelly beans.
- You can also use paint, ribbon, and/or stickers to decorate the pot.
Prop the ball up on a cup.Using a cup to hold the ball makes it easier, as it can give you more space to work on the ball without holding on to the candy while it's drying. For an edible arrangement, cover the ball in foil. Balance the ball on top of the cup before you begin gluing.
Glue the candy on.For a simple topiary ball, simply glue your candy on the foam ball, making sure to get it all covered with the candy so you don't see the white underneath.You can also make an edible glue with royal icing, if you prefer.
- To make royal icing, mix together 3 tablespoons (44.4 ml) of meringue powder and 4 cups of powdered sugar. Add in 1/4 to 1/2 of a cup of warm water, a tablespoon at a time, and use a hand mixer to incorporated it in. Keep adding it in until it's a thick paste. Thicker is better for this application. You can also add food coloring to tint the glue.
- Let the candy dry thoroughly before working with it again. Make sure to leave a spot where the stick can go in.
Prepare the pot.Cut the foam to fit the inside of the pot. Decorate the pot how you'd like, using paint or stickers. Place the stick in the center of the foam, ready for the ball to go on top. It can help to use a bit of hot glue on the bottom of the stick to make sure it stays upright.
Complete the topiary.Add candy or other decorations as "gravel" to the pot on top of the foam, or you can use glass beads. You can make it edible by using foil and then the edible glue. Once everything is dry, assemble the topiary by impaling the topiary on top of the stick. It can help to use a bit of hot glue on the top of the stick to hold it in place.
Creating a Candy Cane Centerpiece
Gather what you need.You'll need candy canes or candy cane sticks, as well as a vase, ribbon, hot glue, and something to put in the vase, such as candy or flowers.If you don't want to ruin a vase, you can use a leftover can (such as a soup can) for the same effect; just be sure to wash it out well and take the label off.
Glue the candy canes on.With the hooks facing outwards at the top, glue the candy canes vertically onto the vase or can. Make sure to glue them right next to each other, so the vase or can doesn't show underneath. Go all the way around with the candy canes.
- You can glue them with or without the plastic, but you may need to coat them with a clear varnish afterwards if you glue them on without the plastic.
Add a ribbon.Wrap a ribbon around the middle of the vase or can, going around the candy canes. It's a good idea to glue it in place on the inside of the ribbon, as it will have a tendency to slip otherwise. Tie the ribbon in a bow. You can also glue a small peppermint candy in the middle of the bow.
Fill the vase or can.Finally, add in your decoration of choice to the middle of the vase. You could use a flower, such as red carnations. You could also fill it with a candy of your choice, including more candy canes, for guests to eat.
Creating a Bouquet of Candy Flowers
Start with a square of plastic and candy.You'll need a square of plastic, about 5 inches (13 cm) by 5 inches, to put candy in. You can even use the non-zip plastic sandwich bags, though you won't put the candy inside the bag. Rather, lay the bag out flat. You'll need small candies, such as jelly beans, gummies, and small chocolate candies in solid colors.
Make a flower.Spoon a small amount of candy onto the plastic square. Gather up the corners of the bag until the candy is in the center. Make a little bag out of the plastic by turning the candy in your hand with the corners sticking up, much like putting a wrapper on a lollipop. Use a twisty tie to secure the plastic where you twisted it, just above the candy.
Add a stick with a sharp end.Begin wrapping a second piece of plastic around the bag you've already made, much as you did the first piece of plastic. Put a stick in between the layers. The sharp end should be sticking out, as it will go in foam later. Tie the second layer up with a twisty tie.
- Continue making flowers in other colors of candy, so you have a whole bouquet. You can use shades of the same color, such as shades of pink, or make a rainbow bouquet.
Ready a vase.Find a vase. Pick a foam ball that just fits into the vase. It's best if the foam stays near the top of the vase. Slide the foam ball in, pushing it down gently to make sure it stays in place. If it's slightly too big, you can use a bit of hot glue to hold it in place.
Make the bouquet.Stick the candy flowers down into the foam, adding them all around the ball. It can help to make a hole with a stick without flowers first, so you don't squash your candy. Keep adding flowers until the ball is full, then poke in some fresh or fake leaves in places to add texture and color.
Making a Double-Walled Vase With Candy
Choose your supplies.You'll need two vases. One should be a hurricane or other large-style vase, preferably with a stem. The other vase should be a straight-sided cylinder that fits into the first vase. The second vase doesn't need to be quite as tall as the first one, but if it's not, you'll need a small ramekin to go underneath. You'll also need small candies in colors of your choice and flowers to fill the smaller vase.
Build the vase.Place the ramekin in the bottom of the larger vase if your smaller vase is too short to reach the top of the larger vase. Place the ramekin bottom-side up. Set the smaller vase on top of the ramekin. Make sure both are centered in the larger vase.
Layer the candy.Pour candy in between the smaller vase and the larger vase. Try layering colors for a more interesting effect. For instance, for a Christmas vase, you could add a layer of green candy, then a layer of red candy, and finally, a layer of white candy. Keep layering the candy until you reach the top of the vase.
Fill the smaller vase.The final step is to fill the smaller vase. You can use silk flowers as the center, though fresh flowers will also work if you're careful. You can also simply fill the middle vase with a different kind of candy, so that guests can snack on them.
- Add a ribbon for a sophisticated touch.
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