For a clever way to present everyone's favorite treat, try making chocolate candy wreaths.
They are a versatile candy craft that will cause everyone to think you're a crafting genius.
This is a chocolate candy adventure that you can complete with your kids, or with a class or group.
I think it would be a really fun project to make on an afternoon when girlfriends are visiting, and you can all take home your own project to use as a holiday wreath or centerpiece.
I'm thinking of organizing a crafting session for our church ladies' group where we all bring a bag of wrapped chocolates and create a chocolate candy centerpiece during the meeting.
Let's face it; a chocolate wreath is a great idea for any holiday or occasion. Although in the summer months, I'd definitely suggest you consider using hard candies instead. ;)
A candy wreath can do double duty as a great centerpiece for a holiday table as well something pretty to hang on the wall. By placing a tall candle or some other decorative item in the center, you give it a whole new look.
Depending on the holiday, try to choose chocolates that have holiday appropriate colors.
A lot of companies, like Hershey's and Reese's, etc., change their standard wrappers for green and red at Christmas, black and orange for Thanksgiving and Halloween, pink, red, and white for Valentine's Day, and pastels for Easter.
Once you've made the decision to create chocolate candy wreaths or centerpieces, plan ahead so that you have everything you need to get started.
Items You Will Need:
Here's a selection of supplies for making chocolate candy wreaths to give you an idea of just what you are looking for.
In addition to those choices, I particularly love to get my supplies at Candyland Crafts, especially if you want to make your candy from scratch. They have the chocolate, the molds, and the wax paper and wrapping foils in a variety of colors. Now that would be a real project!
Foam & Grapevine Wreath Instructions:
It's really pretty easy to assemble a chocolate candy wreath or centerpiece using a foam or grapevine wreath base, especially if you use the hot glue gun method.
You simply apply a little bit of hot glue to the back of the wrapped candy and hold it in place for a couple of seconds in the desired location on the wreath. Hot glue is HOT, so do be careful that you don't burn your fingers.
If you decide to use the floral picks, I would choose wrapped candy that has twisted ends so that you can poke the pick through it without affecting the seal on the candy - make sense?
Wire Wreath Instructions:
This method is a little trickier, so I've tried to explain the steps in a bit more detail. I hope you get the idea.
The clever thing about these chocolate candy wreaths is that if you are careful when removing the chocolate candy, you can slip the chocolates out and leave the wrappers behind.
Let's face it. The wreath won't last very long as a decoration
otherwise! It is so easy to just pluck one off every time you walk
Valentine's Day Idea: I know you can buy heart shaped wire rings at some craft stores. Alternately, use a wire coat hanger and a pair of pliers to shape your wreath into a heart before you begin. I get my husband to do that bit. :)
If you make a chocolate candy wreath or centerpiece, please be sure to show it off to us. We'd love to see it!