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Craft Project - Gumdrop Wreaths and Door Hangers
by Wen Zientek-Sico

In my opinion, one of the best projects I have ever created when it comes to ease, price, kid-friendliness, and a surprisingly eye-catching final product, these wreaths and door hangers are a great last minute holiday project. Forget gingerbread houses and cookies! This project is edible, yet easy.

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Gumdrop Wreaths and Door Hangers

Sometimes the simplest of crafts makes the biggest impression. These little wreaths and door hangers make marvelous gifts and are appreciated by the whole family. The appearance of these rings is also surprisingly sophisticated and elegant. At least until parts of it start mysteriously disappearing! Any soft candy can be used for this project, but we found gumdrops to be the easiest to use as well as the most economical. The door hangers make a great surprise for children to wake up to first thing Christmas morning!

Large box of wooden toothpicks
12 inch styrofoam wreath
5 inch styrofoam wreath
3 pounds gumdrops
Two holiday colored decorative bows (optional)

Detail of gumdrop wreathUsing scissors and safety glasses or even gloves and your bare hands, cut or break each toothpick in half. This is essential for the wreaths to work so do not skip this step. Place the wreaths on a clean flat surface. Place one toothpick half into the wreath, starting anywhere you like. Press a gumdrop onto the pick. Repeat with the remaining toothpicks and gumdrops, arranging the gumdrops as close to each other as possible, until the wreath is completely covered. Do not add the gumdrops haphazardly, but instead make sure to cluster them in the same spot and work out from there or the effect will not be as great. Repeat the entire process with the smaller wreath. Tie a decorative bow around each wreath for the last final touch. Hang the smaller wreath on a doorknob, and the larger wreath on any interior surface. For easier hanging, embroidery floss or ribbon can be woven underneath the candy and used to hang the wreaths on any hook or nail.

Project Developed, Styled, and Photographed by Wen Zientek-Sico.

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