Thursday, September 16, 2010

Trick....or Treat Topiaries


Here's the project that Nicole received many hot glue burns from. We had so much fun last spring making the Jellybean topiaries and thought it would be fun to make some more for Halloween.

  We gathered candy corn, gum drops, and jelly beans, and gummy worms for these spooky topiaries.  The bulk food section in the grocery store is a great place to find supplies. Candy corn is great too, because who really likes the taste of candy corn? After I eat a few, I tend to get a sick-overly sweet feeling.



I just love the spikes the candy corn produce when you glue them to a ball. The unfortunate thing is -when you open the bag at least half of the tips are missing. 
So, the candy corn ball is fragile. :(
Ours have held up if you are careful, and after a while they get stale.


We put the topiaries into canning jars, old glass jars and metal cans. The clear jars work perfectly to show off all the scary stuffing.

We made up some labels on the computer, backed them with scrapbook paper and attached them to the jars. Nicole went to work decorating the topiaries with ribbons and spiders.


Here's Nicole gluing away with the candy corn.  We used 3 inch foam balls, first painting them yellow. It goes pretty fast once you get the hang of it.  Nicole started by putting big globs of glue on and then quickly sticking on the candy.


Nicole painted some dowels orange and white.  I think it adds a bit of whimsy to the topiaries.

 

I drilled holes in the metal lids and thought about how I really should be learning how to can food with my mom's canning jars instead of crafting with them... :) One day, Mom...one day.


We hot glued a chunk of floral foam at the bottom of the glue so the dowel would be anchored.  Make sure to leave enough room to stuff the jar.  You could also weight the jars with glass pebbles or whatever you prefer, if you are worried about it tipping.



And, there you go...our "Trick....or Treat Topiaries."



There are so many possibilities of what you could fill the jars with to make them a little more fun or spooky

We have a few more Halloween ideas to share, so stay tuned! :)


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55 comments:

Meghan said...

Holy cow!
I love these.
WoWzers...really cute.

Emily C. said...

You guys are too much! I love these, I can't wait to see all your stuff next week!! So Fun!

Panda said...

oooh super cute!!! i love your ideas!

Kelli said...

Oh these are great, I love them

Kelli
xoxo
loveoursimplelife.blogspot.com

Pauline said...

Oh, how I love this craft. Now I have to make a trip to the grocery/craft store:) Thanks for sharing it with us. BTW, I made the easter one last time too. They make WONDERFUL teacher gifts:)

gail@myrepurposedlife.net said...

so cute! great job ladies. ouch! I can see this could be painful!
love how they all turned out. Hard to choose a favorite!
gail

Curt and Alexandra said...

What a great idea. I love these!

Lorie said...

Those are beyond cute! I am going to feature them on my site tomorrow!!!

A Busy Nest said...

I love these with candy corn! I have the same eyeballs so I think I may have to make a topiary.

Anna said...

I love this idea! How fantastic - I have three young girls, so it's hard to go all out for Halloween without being too scary. This is perfect. :)

Danielle said...

These are adorable! I love that they are easy to make, yet look like they took a lot of effort.

Jill said...

These are darling! You two amaze me!

Jenglamgirl said...

so dang cute and so "sweet" too! I LOVE THIS IDEA, LOVE! jen

Frog Prince Paperie said...

GREAT idea! :)

shauna said...

Oh my gosh, these are sooo super adorable. I totally want to make these for our Halloween Outdoor Movie Night!

Shauna
http://www.yourlifevents.com
p.s. not sure how to post a comment if I don't have any of the profiles listed. I have wordpress.org, not .com and my Google account isn't up to date, but I chose it anyway. There's usually another option that let's us type in our name and url if applicable.

Sharon said...

Shauna, I think we should get Styrofoam balls and tooth picks and attach the candies that way, so the kids can also eat the candies off the ball.
This is SUCH a cute idea !

shauna said...

Not so sure I want to give kids toothpicks;)

Brooke said...

This is so completely awesome! I love this Halloween topiary twist! I found you at Tatertots and Jello. Definitely bookmarking this!

Brooke @ The Crafting Chicks

Amy said...

Very cute! I mean REALLY very cute! Great job ladies!

A Little Bit of Everything! said...

This is the cutest thing! I might try to make a few of them. Thanks for sharing. :) Visiting from Tatertots and Jello.

Michelle M. said...

Those are adorable!

Preppy Pink Crocodile said...

I love LOVE this! So pretty and can be adapted for any season or theme.

Jen @ tatertotsandjello.com said...

Girls -- these are beyond fab!! Seriously, they might be my favorite Halloween project yet this year. LOVE this!!!

I just shared it on my Tatertots FB page and linked over to you :)

So cute!!!

xox
Jen

Carrie @ Dittle Dattle said...

So simple and so adorable! Love it :D

La Borda Bleu said...

love topiaries and what a great decoration for halloween parties! xoxo's nancy

beth said...

These are fantastic!!!

Christy said...

I am in love with this project...so, so, so, SO cute! i am definitely going to copy this idea...I am always looking for ways to showcase candy!

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

What a super idea! The girls want to make some for their big spooktacular party this year! Thank you. ~Kelly

Kim said...

W.O.W Those are so stinkin cute! Nice work!

Krista@thegatheringplacedesign said...

Really so cute! Great idea and I love all the embellishments. :)

Beth@The Stories of A to Z said...

I love this idea! So, so cute!

christy said...

What a fun idea! My boys are really excited to try this!

Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife said...

These are just too cute! I wish I had thought of doing a candy topiary before the baby shower that I hosted this past weekend...(I did a pom-pom topiary that turned out pretty cute!) It's on my blog!

I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes said...

Wow these are amazing! great job! I'd love for you to link them up at sundae scoop!
http://iheartnaptime.blogspot.com/

Laurel @ Ducks in a Row said...

This is amazingly cute - I'm loving the gumdrops! My kiddos would love having these around!

Lori@momsbyheart.net said...

Awesome creative idea! I'll be sharing this on Momspiration Monday. Love you guys =)
http://www.momsbyheart.net/search/label/momspiration%20mondays

Sabii Wabii said...

I like the idea. I wonder if you could not glue gun the candy but maybe use something edible? hummm. This would be cute for Christmas also!
Terisa

Suzy said...

You know, I was trying to do something similar last week and I was having a heck of a time with the candy corn breaking. Your topiaries are absolutely wonderful!! You did a fabulous job.

suzy

Leslie said...

These are so fabulous! I wanna make these.

Kimbo West @ a girl and a glue gun said...

featured these on my blog....kimboscrafts.blogspot.com! love them!

Shoomie Occasions said...

SO Cute!! I have to share this!!

Sandy Ang said...

Just lovely ! I can't say how much they delight me.

Jami said...

I just love the whimsical feeling of these! Now I want to try it. :)

Krystal said...

These turned out so cute, LOVE them! I'm featuring them on my blog if you'd like to check it out.
sassysanctuary.blogspot.com

mommy2luke2008 said...

I featured these on my friday favorites! Love them!
http://lilbitofus.blogspot.com/2010/09/friday-favorites_24.html

Sassy Sites! said...

I featured this over at Sassy Sites as one of my favorites of the week! Come by and check it out!

http://sassysites.blogspot.com/2010/09/weekly-halloween-highlights.html

xoxo
Marni @ Sassy Sites!

FabiolaTeles said...

Beautiful idea!
Fabiola-Brazil

http://blogencontrandoideias.blogspot.com/

Sandra said...

Love these, especially the canning jar bases with candy and eyeballs and other creepy stuff inside. I just Facebooked this link and project.

Ruthie said...

What a fabulous idea ... I'm picking up supplies today just to make these ... thank you!!!

Emily @ Finding My Aloha said...

I just love these! I tried my own hand at it and its up on my blog- with link backs to you ofcourse :)

THANKS!

http://findingmyaloha.blogspot.com/2010/10/my-spooky-mantle.html

Ruthanne said...

I just saw these on Today's Creative Blog. They are amazing! I looove them!

Rita @ TesoroFino.com said...

Now that's original! I would love to listen to what you're dreaming about at night! I would certainly be inspired to create. Thanks for inspiring me with this gorgeous post!

Sarah Crank said...

Love these! Thanks for the great idea and fun project I got to enjoy with my daughter!
I posted pic of our creations
http://crankhappenings.blogspot.com
Thanks,
Sarah

Wendy@The Omnivorous Bear said...

What a great idea! We don't go so much for Trick or Treating here in the UK, but it is starting to take off. You are so clever!

BeanBugCrafts said...

I LOVE these! They are Awesome!

Just wanted you to know that I've featured your Topiaries in my 36 Halloween Party Decorating Ideas Round-up. You can find the post here: http://beanbugcrafts.blogspot.com/2012/10/36-halloween-party-decoration.html

Thanks for Sharing!
Anna @ Bean Bug Crafts

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