First published April 20, 2015
I love to come up with fun things for my children.
But I rarely think of them.
I can thank other people for the ideas, and I have no shame in admitting that.
In fact, I bet if you searched my blog, most of the cool crafts I have made have come from other places. The way I look at it is at least I am down for seeking to create fun projects in the first place.
Trust me, there are days when it takes all I have to tie my shoes, so if I can press the Pinterest button and type the words “candy bar wreath” in the little magnifying glass?
I am accomplishing something.
And so are you.
Because you are reading this and boy, is this your lucky damn day.
My oldest daughter turned 15 this year and besides handing over the cash, her request for her birthday, I wished to give her a PRESENT present; not just a card with cash in it.
I decided she needed dental work too.
I made her a candy bar wreath.
What is a candy bar wreath, you say?
It’s a wreath.
Made entirely of candy bars.
I saw one on Pinterest as if out of a dream.
Candy bar wreath. Where did you come from? I whispered a little too loud.
Then I wondered if other people were seeing this wreath too.
YEP, OTHER PEOPLE WERE SEEING THE WREATHS TOO!
CANDY BAR WREATHS ARE A THING!, I screamed to my husband one day.
He looked at me with the same sympathetic glance he usually gives me and patted me on the head on my way out the door before I ran to the store to get the supplies.
Here is what you will need:
– lots of mini candy bars. This can get expensive, so go to Dollar Tree. You won’t need over 10 small bags. Get different brands of candy and don’t get boxes, only individually wrapped candy bars because you will be hot gluing the individual bars onto the wreath.
– hot glue gun and glue sticks
– straw wreath NOT a foam wreath or it will melt
By the way, when you get a straw wreath, there will be lots of straw on your floor; like a barn. I shook my wreath a little on the patio before I started gluing, and that helped a lot.
Let me just say that I did not expect how therapeutic gluing candy to a wreath was going to be. I texted my mom while I was doing this and said, who knew this was all it took to let all my stress melt away. Do you need one of these?
Instead of knitting or reading, I might make these candy wreaths for everyone I know. If you get one of these bad boys on your front porch, just know it was a stressful month for Kari. Maybe I will open an Etsy shop.
2020 note- I see a business model. BRB.
It took me all of 45 minutes from start to finish and here is the final product:
Anna gave one of her good friends a grocery bag full of candy for her birthday back in February (we know how to woo our loved ones) before I found this idea, and now I wished I had seen this.
Maybe I will make another one for her because we don’t have benefits for psychotherapy.
2020 note- fu**ing mental health insurance. Don’t get me started. WHO NEEDS A WREATH?
Anna put this on her bedroom door and just pulled the candy from it each day. The wreath didn’t last a month.
2020 note- the wreath wouldn’t last a week now.
Total cost for everything from wreath form to bow to candy to glue sticks- $25.00.
You could make a sugar-free version or a peanut-free version. The possibilities are endless. I would hot glue anything to a wreath, honestly. Hair products? Makeup? Pain relief? Menopause shit? Books?
Someone stop me.