Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Gumdrop Topiary

Are you looking for a fun children's party centerpiece?  
I must warn you that it is quite time consuming but so worth the little girls reactions to the colorful "candy art".  
I had my heart set on a pink vase of some sort...I ended up with a metal pot with handles but knew a little paint and time would transform a metal container into the perfect piece.
Several coats of paint did the trick and then how to create a filler to hold the dowel in place.  First used the idea of spray foam but that just didn't work well.  So then the idea of pieces of 2x4 cut to fit interior of bucket (which is slanted/sloped) was attempted, with holes in the middle of each piece for the dowel to fit snuggly into.  Perfecto!!!  The husband pulled through once again, while shaking his head and smiling...only you honey would fuss with something like this.  He did a great job and the project continued...
I painted the dowel and then made a small indentation in the round styrofoam ball...then applied a small amount of hot glue into the hole and inserted the dowel.  When the glue was dry I inserted the dowel into the wood pieces.  
Now ready for the time consuming part...
I cut round toothpicks in half and placed a gumdrop into the blunt end and then starting at the top of the ball inserted the combo into the foam ball securely (the pointed end goes into ball).  It takes a lot of gumdrops, toothpicks and time to complete but so worth it!

I filled the finished bucket with colored tissue paper that co-ordinated with the theme of the event.  Then tied various ribbons around the base of gumdrop ball.
If you decide to make this, please know it will be showstopper!!!

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