Have a birthday party coming up soon and not sure how to decorate? Now there is a great way to not only have great decorations but great edible decorations. You may have heard already about the all new tasty sweet trees. These are so much fun as you can literally pick your favourite kind of sweets and make a colourful and fun decoration piece. These sweet trees are perfect for any occasion whether it be someone’s birthday party, a get well present or just a treat. Sweetie trees are a great way to tickle anyone’s taste buds. Here are some steps to help you make your very own sweet tree. Although this may be time consuming it is also going to be extremely fun (and yummy!)
Materials you need
- A sturdy pot of your colour and choice.
- Dowel rod
- Curling ribbon (any colour you prefer)
- Brown semtex florist tape
- Sweets of your choice (and lots of them)
- Glue gun & glue sticks
- Polystyrene ball- (Very Important)
- Colourful tissue paper
- Cute decorations (butterflies/stars/hearts)
- Thin double sided tape
- Oasis cylinder
These materials can easily be picked up at your local crafts shop, and the sweets of course can be picked up from almost any nearby retailer. All of these materials are needed before you proceed to create your own sweet tree.
Step 1 – Prepare the base
Mix the plaster of Paris solution into your plant pot. Follow the instructions to ensure that the consistency is correct.
Step 2 – Prepare the trunk of your sweet tree
Cut off 5 cm of the 30 cm dowel rod. Push the dowel rod through the centre of the 5cm thick oasis cylinder. Put the dowel rod into the your pot which is now full with plaster of Paris, and push the oasis cylinder down into the top of the pot, so you now have your tree trunk in place.
Now your trunk is in place you will have to allow the plaster of Paris to dry for at least 30 minutes.
Step 3 – Decorate the trunk
Make sure the plaster of Paris is dry before you begin to decorate your pot. Completely cover the dowel rod using the florist tape. Take the double sided tape and wind it around your tree. Take the double sided tape and wind this around the tree, following this you should then take your curling ribbon and wind it around the tree.
Step 4 – Prepare the head of the tree
Now the base is ready you can begin the fun part. Take your polystyrene ball and push it down onto the dowel rod about half way. The structure of your tree is now ready.
Step 5 – Start sticking the sweets on
This has to be the most fun part of the entire process. You can now begin to stick the yummy sweets to the tree. Get your glue sticks and glue ready and begin. Take the sticks and place them into the polystyrene ball, then you need to glue the sweets onto the sticks. It’s best to place the sweets quite close together as this will prevent the tree from looking like it has too many gaps.
If you want to fill in the gaps on the tree but there isn’t enough room than you need to take the paper tissue and use it to fill in the gaps.
Step 6- Add your own touches
Now you have your tree ready you can begin adding final touches to make it look more appealing. You can pretty much design the pot in any way you want to make the tree look better. As well as adding your own touches to the tree you can add your very own embellishments around the sweets on the tree. These could include such things as butterflies, hearts, stars or anything your heart desires.
There you have it. Follow these simple steps to create the perfect gift for a loved one this valentine’s day. Your loved one will surely be blown away that you took the time and effort to create something so nice looking and yummy!