Sweet tree's were something I spotted on an American site a while back and I have been waiting for an excuse to make them ever since. With Christmas coming I thought I would give it a go. The idea of giving this as a gift has gone from being for the preschool and then P's teachers present. Now I have decided it would look better on my mother in laws treat table on Christmas day since she loves Lindor chocolates. We will see they may be eaten before then!!
Before you start its worth while making sure you have a good clear working space other wise you may find your self getting frustrated and in a muddle. I made mine using a kit off Ebay but it would be much cheaper to buy the materials separate if you plan to make more than one.
1x Plant Pot (ours was tin),
1x 80mm pre-Drilled Solid styrofoam ball,
1x wooden Dowel,
Colourful Ribbons (approx 1m of each Colour Selected)
Organza wrap, 60cm x 30cm
Clear Cellophane bag to go over the ball when finished
1 Pair of Latex-free Hygienic gloves
Plaster of Paris.
Step 2. Make a hole 1-2cm deep in the bottom of ball and use glue to fasten it the dowel in place once pushed through the hoop.
Step 3. Make up the plaster of paris according to the instruction and fill the bucket until it is 3/4 full. Leave it to dry for 1 minute.
Step 4. place the dowel in the middle of the bucket and hold in place for 30 seconds. When you are happy with where it is placed leave the plaster to dry for a further hour.
Step 5- At this point you can wrap the ball with tissue paper if you wish and fasten it to the ball with tape. This is so the ball's colour is not seen through the gaps once sweets have been added.
Step 6- Using a glue gun or pva glue add the sweets one by one. If your sweets are not in a wrapper they can be glued on using melted chocolate. Start at the top and work your way down and around the ball.
Once finished you can add the tissue paper to the bottom. This will cover up the plaster.
Here you go the finished tree, I'm also going to wrap up the tree with film to keep every thing in place. I plan to try the chocolate or sweet ones at some point too so I will add the tutorial when they are done.