I love topiaries, I think that they are an elegant touch to any table scape. I make them for almost every holiday. Since I have been asked on many occasions for an instructional of my candy topiaries, I thought I would share it with you:
- container (ex: pot, watering can, vase) with well fitted foam base
- round foam ball in desired size (I used a 4")
- dowel (I used a chopstick, but have used a thick candy cane, a twig...get creative)
- tissue paper cut into 1 x 1 squares
- candy of choice
- glue gun
Be sure that the foam is secure inside the container that you are using as the base of your topiary. Place the dowel into the foam ball securing with a bit of hot glue. Center the dowel into the base foam, securing with hot glue.
Start by gluing the candy onto the squares of tissue, it only requires a dot of glue. Once you have all the candy glued onto the tissue, start gluing each piece onto the foam ball as shown. Continue doing this until the ball has been filled.
Finish by embellishing your topiary with ribbon and grass filler, moss or whatever you have on hand.
These are a great addition to any dessert table, used as centerpieces and makes for a great hostess gift!