Gumdrop Wreath: DIY Tutorial

Gumdrop wreaths are so cute…and SO EASY to make!
They are perfect for holidays like… Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and Birthdays… to name a few!

Lets begin! Here is what you will need: -A Styrofoam Wreath (any size you want. A 14″ wreath is used here) -Toothpicks -About 8-10 bags of Spice Drops (Or gumdrops if you prefer a larger candy look) -Ribbon (to hang)

Push the toothpick into the spice drop or gumdrop. Push the other end into the Styrofoam. Repeat a thousand times. 😉
Arrange the colors anyway you would like.
Keep on fillin’! Before you fill in the whole wreath, tie a ribbon onto the Styrofoam wreath. This allows for easy hanging….AND… by doing it this way, you will not see the ribbon around the wreath. Just Gumballs! After the ribbon is secure, poke gumball toothpicks through the ribbon and arrange gumballs around it to conceal it. Note: You can also wrap metal wire around the wreath, securing it with masking tape, and create a loop for your ribbon with the wire. I prefer the ribbon method. It is just easier to tie the ribbon directly onto the Styrofoam for me. But both ways work.
As soon as it is all filled in, spray the frame with the iridescent or clear spray paint. This seals the candy and prevents it from getting moldy over time. If you are hanging up your wreath for only a short time… this is step is optional. NOW…. hang ‘er up!!
It really is that easy!

Other options:

Gumdrops and Spice drops mixed together:
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Bigger Gumdrops only:
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Gumdrop Topiary

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Mini-Gumdrop Wreaths as a Candle Centerpiece on a Table

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I wouldn’t advise hanging this wreath on doors that slam often… as the gumdrops, collectively, have a little bit of weight with them and can shatter the Styrofoam wreath. Just a bit of advice. I would hate to spend an hour or two gumdropping up a wreath for it to be destroyed when a kid slams the door accidentally. 😉 Have fun making a little slice of Candy Land! Don’t forget to check out my previous post highlighting my Niece’s Candy Land themed birthday party! signature updated

Candyland Birthday Party

A Candyland Birthday Party!
The main purpose of my trip to California was to attend (and help a little) with my niece’s 3rd birthday party. Now, any of you who know my sister… know that she doesn’t have parties. No…she has EVENTS. Months of planning and preparation, tons of DIY… and it would be a fair question to ask if she may have lost her cotton pickin’ marbles. haha But she loves every minute of it (I don’t care what she says in the process…there is nothing she’d rather be doing or thinking about).

The birthday party theme was Candy Land. And it was nothing short of a cavity…

Here is a tour around sugar heaven:

Outside…walking up the colorful path.
A big welcome chalkboard with some candies in a wagon.
Rag wreaths I made for the party…
The path continues into the house…
To the right is a welcome table with all sorts of goodies…
…including the kid’s favors.
Smart thinking with the toothbrush. 😉

And another chalkboard… Happy Birthday Ella!

Onto the great room:
Candy ornaments on a twig tree:
Topiary tree made out lollipops:
Gumball wire tree:
Gumballs:
Animal cookies and Hershey kisses:
Dipped Cones:
Marshmallow Pops:
Donuts:

Cotton Candy Cones and Carmel Corn:
Mini Chalkboard:
Cupcakes:
Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Sticks:
Going outside:
…decoupage letters spelling Candy Land.

Homemade Pink Lemonade with Licorice Straws:

Gumball Wreath:
Paper Lantern Gumballs…hanging from the patio:
Table Decor:
Lollipops in the Grass…and a big ol’ Candy Land jumpy:
Picnic area for the kids with candy pillows:
Chalkboard pictures for face painting:
Rockers:
Birthday girl and her donut:
Me and the birthday girl:
Sisters and Mom:
…and with Miss Ella.
Instead of traditional Cake…

The kids were served ice cream cones…

…and the grown-ups got fresh-out-of-the-oven cinnamon rolls!
And when the party was over…

…the real party began. 😉

It was quite a successful party in Candy Land!
Believe it or not… these pictures were just the tip of the iceberg! To see more details… visit Jessica’s Party Love blog!

…stay tuned! I will give a short tutorial on how to make a gumball wreath (perfect for Halloween, Christmas, Valentine’s Day and any “candy” themed party!)

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Tablescape Thursday: Polka Dot Garden

After an eventful day of traveling yesterday (read: LONG delays)… I finally made it to California. I was going to put together an outdoor garden tablescape with some of my mom’s dishes… however, it is HOT here! And windy! So I decided to keep the tablescape party inside instead. So… I put together a fun, wonky…bring-the-garden-inside…casual table setting. :)

The theme is red, yellow and blue… and lots of polka dots! :)

The centerpiece is a collection of different potted plants in yellow and red pots.

Since the colors were so fun… I decided to mix up the dishes, napkins and glasses. Who says they all need to be the same? I’m not playing by the rules today. 😉
The plates were a very casual melamine with a floral print… and the larger plates were different red and yellows… And the napkins are all unique to each setting…

Each setting is topped with a white glass bowl full of fresh blueberries…

A red and white polka dotted candle and a little garden birdie hanging out amongst the greenery.

A closer look at the indoor garden. 😉

There are two topiary trees… one on each end of the table…tied with a red polka dot sheer bow.


And two heart stakes…
And the other side of the table…

A bird bath full of strawberries…

A polka dot pitcher…


…and a pail full of cherries.


And a cute little yellow tin watering can with a white flower. :)

A bird’s eye view…

On the other side… A red bowl of lemons for a splash of yellow.

…and a red and white bowl full of cherries.

And there is my indoor wonky garden tablescape. For more tablescapes, please visit Susan’s Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. :)