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Old 10-01-2008, 10:13 PM
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Easy Christmas craft: hard candy wreath

I did this project about 13 years ago I made it for my 5th grade teacher. She said it looked so beautiful she wouldn't eat it. It is really easy to make. All you need is:
lots of plastic wrapped hard candies( I suggest the shiny ones)
scissors
curling ribbon
coat hanger
one large bow or small to go at the top of it(if I remember I think I bought mine at the dollar store, we didn't have a lot of money)
spare "kids" scissors to attach to wreath(that is used for them to cut the candy off)

If using a wire coat hanger, you'll need to cut it and form it into a circle, depending upon the size wreath you wish to make. Of course, the bigger the ring, the more candy you'll need--you want the wreath to be FULL of candy!

* Next, cut a number of pieces of ribbon into 12" strips.

* Then take one piece of ribbon and make a loop around the ring, the way you would to tie a bow. Before you tighten it, insert the plastic wrapper of the candy and then pull it tight and tie a knot. Take the sharp scissors and curl the ends of the ribbon tight to the ring.

* Keep in mind as you go along, that you want to completely hide the ring, so getting the candy snugly against the wire is very important.

* Continue this all the way around the ring, overlapping some of the pieces to make the wreath fuller. Leaving some of the ribbon curls a bit longer than the other adds a nice effect as well.

* When all the candy is in place, attach the bow to the top of the wreath.

* Finally, cut one piece of curling ribbon approximately 6" longer than the length of your wreath. Tie one end to one of the scissors' handles, and the other to the top of the wreath at the back. The scissors should hang down below the wreath, thereby welcoming visitors to snip off the treats!
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Old 10-02-2008, 04:44 AM
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They look brilliant!
How long did it take you to make it? Will you be making one again?
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:37 PM
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It took me about two weeks, keep in mind I was a student so could only work on it a couple hours a night. I will be making them this year to sell online and local sales. I would think it took me about 40 hours to make one. because I know I was working my butt off the last weekend before Christmas break to get it finished.
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:50 PM
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I made one of these about 20years ago it was great!
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Old 10-02-2008, 08:56 PM
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Very pretty, thanks for posting.
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I'm afraid mine wouldn't turn out right.
I might give it a go though...thanks for the picture link.
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Old 10-03-2008, 01:24 AM
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great idea....they look so nice
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NICE!!! Never made these, but I would love to try it someday!!

Thanks for posting this!!!

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