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How Sweet It Is: Decorating Your Home with Candy

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Kara
06.21.13

Unless your name is Willy Wonka, colorful Nerds and Sprees aren’t usually something you think of as home décor. We think that should change.

Here us out! Incorporating candy into your home can be done grown-up style, too. Here’s how: 

1. Layered Vase

It’s hard to find a vase that will match the vibrant, eclectic colors of some bouquets, but it’s not hard to find matching candy! We like this idea for Valentine’s Day, Easter or just to add some sweetness to spring or summer flowers.

Take two glass vases (one smaller than the other) and make sure that the smaller vase can fit comfortably inside the larger one. Fill up the empty space between the two vases with the candy of your choice. We went with gumballs because they work year-round, but Peeps are great for Easter, and candy corn is perfect for Halloween. Fill the smaller vase with flowers and water as you normally would.

2. Garlands

Candy garlands are great for decorating staircases, mantles and along countertop edges. String twine through any candy with holes (like Lifesavers). Knot ribbons in between the pieces to keep them separated. Note: If you have curious pets, hang the garland out of their reach.

3. Picture Frames

Any standard picture frame can be turned into a candy picture frame. First, remove the glass from the frame. Then, gather your colorful sweets. We like Sprees for this project because they’re symmetrical and come in great colors. Simply glue the candy to the frame, alternating the colors to make a pattern. Then, spray the picture frame with acrylic sealer so the candy stays put.

4. Napkin Rings 

Add a colorful touch to a table with candy napkin rings. Pick up some banded elastic at your craft store (1/4 inch is a good width) and glue a ribbon around the surface of the elastic band. Then, glue the hard candy (lollipops work well) to the bands and slip your napkins inside your new candy napkin rings.

5. Candles

Give your holders a candy-dipped effect (this is way sweeter than the paint-dipped trend) by gluing small candies to the bottom half of the candleholder. Spray the candy with sealer to preserve its color.

6. Centerpiece Jars 

To make a unique table centerpiece or mantle display, all you need are a few cool jars. Fill the jars with different colored candy (use the same type for a cohesive vibe) and arrange them artfully along your tabletop. Tip: Apothecary jars work great for this!

7. Wreaths

Use miniature chocolate bars or hard candies to create a “sweet” wreath for your front door. We like this wreath from Tatertots & Jello because it’s just in time for the 4th of July. Note: Make sure you leave the candy individually wrapped  (or seal unwrapped candy with polyurethane resin) to keep outdoor pests away from your new display. 

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