Decorating is part of the festivities during the holidays. There are wreaths to place at the windows, lights for the roof and, of course, the tree takes centre stage. Sometimes the rest of the yard gets left out. Turn your front yard into a Christmas candy land with giant lollipops and wrapped hard candies. Homemade decorations make your yard stand out.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Paper plates, dinner size in candy colours
- Dowel, wooden 1/4-to-1/2-inch diameter, 36 inches long
- Glue gun
- Cellophane paper, clear
- Twist ties
- Paper plates, small in a red-and-white pinwheel pattern
- Paper cups, white
- Cellophane, coloured
- Curly ribbon
Place two paper plates of the same colour together. Hot glue the tops and sides together with a 1-inch band of hot glue.
Insert the dowel between the paper plates at the bottom. Hot glue the dowel to both of the paper plates.
Cut a square of cellophane paper that is large enough to wrap the paper plates and come down onto the dowel. Exactly how large depends on the size of the paper plates. Try a 24-inch square first. Adjust the size of the next squares bigger or larger to fit.
Wrap the paper plate lollipop with the cellophane coming down over the plate and ending with a ruffle of cellophane on the dowel. Twist tie the cellophane to the dowel. Stick the dowel into the ground so the lollipop stands upright.
Place two small paper plates together so the patterned side is facing out. Hot glue the plates together with a 1 inch band of hot glue at the top and bottom.
Cut a rectangle of clear cellophane that is 12 to 18 inches long and wide. Exactly how big depends on the size of the plates. Place the plate in the middle of the rectangle. Twist the ends of the cellophane, close to the plate, wrapping the plate inside. There should be excess cellophane on either side. Twist tie the cellophane, close to the plate, as if the plates were a piece of hard candy in the wrapping.
Tie the candies on trees and bushes with curly ribbon.
Glue two paper cups together at the openings with hot glue.
Cut rectangles of coloured cellophane big enough to wrap the cups. How big depends on the cups. Start with a 10-by-15-inch size and adjust from there.
Wrap each pair of cups. Use a twist tie to secure the cellophane close to the bottom of the cups.
Cut a length of ribbon to 6 feet. Cut 4-inch lengths, two for each cup candy. For example, if you have 8 candies you'll need 16 strips, 4 inches long.
Tie the candy to the long piece of ribbon using the 4-inch strips. Position the next piece of candy so it slightly overlaps the one next to it. Tie to the long piece of ribbon. Continue until the ribbon is full of candy. Use to decorate a banister, tree or bush.
Tips and warnings
- Use styrofoam shapes for the candies instead of paper plates and cups. The candies will last several seasons.
- Keep a glass of ice water handy if you burn your fingers using the glue gun.