This particular tutorial is late for Halloween and a little early for Christmas, but it is a good one for any occasion where the host or hostess wants to make a candy station. We did this particular project for a Halloween party, so the finishing touches are Halloween themed. Before we get started you’ll need supplies.
- Floral foam ball – diameter will be determined by the size of tree you wish to build
- 3/4 to 1 inch wood dowel – cut to the desired length
- Washi tape
- Floral foam disk the width of your pot
- Pot for tree
- Aquarium or river rock – or really anything that is heavy
- Glue gun
- Suckers – I used about 250 Dum-Dums
- Start by sticking suckers into the floral foam ball. You want to cover it completely. If you put too many in you can always take some out, but start with the ball completely filled in.
- Weigh you foam ball. This is important because whatever that weighs, your base will need to weigh 1.5 times to two times more or your tree will not stand up; or it will be extremely unstable. For the tree I made my ball weighed 5 pounds. My daughter wanted to use a cute small pot for the tree base, but it was way too light. I ended up purchasing a second pot and five pounds of aquarium rock to make it work. My base weighed 9 pounds.
- Cut the wooden dowel to a height that is pleasing to the eye. Wrap the dowel with Washi tape – or any other decorative element you like.
- Insert the dowel into your fully candied foam ball. If you need to remove some candy, do so. To be aesthetically pleasing, try to center the dowel in the ball. Set aside for now.
5.Decorate the pot with Washi tape, paint, or any other flourish that you like.
6. Fill the pot with rock or other heavy filler to a height that will allow you to still put the foam disk inside the pot. Weigh the pot to make sure it makes the minimum requirements. To test the weight, place the foam disk inside the pot and then insert the dowel with candy ball to make sure it will be heavy enough to keep the tree upright. It might be a little wobbly, but gluing the foam disk inside the pot will take care of that. However, don’t get ahead of yourself because once the foam has been glued, you won’t really be able to adjust the weight.
7. Insert suckers into base completely covering the foam disk.
I stored my tree in separate pieces until the party. Then, I made it part of a candy station but didn’t take a great picture of it. The picture to the left is the only picture I remembered to take of it. I was very tired.