Monday, January 27, 2014

Lollipop Bouquet

 I’m calling this sweet tree a Lollipop Bouquet. While scouting for supplies, I found the perfect Valentine Tootsie Roll® Pops at WalMart and rose stems at the dollar store. Whether you make the Lollipop Bouquet for a classroom party or to add a little Valentine’s Day decor to your home, I hope you’ll give it a try.
Valentine's Day Lollipop Bouquet. Tutorial on
This is fun for Valentine's Day -- a Lollipop Bouquet.
The Lollipop Bouquet makes a great gift idea, too.
To make a Lollipop Bouquet, you’ll need:
  • STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 5” ball
  • Terra cotta pot large enough to hold the ball (mine measured 4-1/2” across the top)
  • Paint for the pot (I used Krylon® ColorMaster™ in Tomato and Glitter Blast in Cherry Bomb)
  • Tootsie Roll® Valentine Pops Dum Dum Pops (two boxes or about 50 total)
  • Red roses, five – six bunches, or 40 – 50 blooms
  • Paper doily, 10” dia.
  • Tools needed: Scissors; newspaper; wire knippers
Materials for a Valentine's Day Lollipop Bouquet.
You’ll need two boxes of Tootsie Roll Pops, and I found mine at WalMart. Depending on the number of roses on each stem, you’ll need five – six stems of roses.

To make a Lollipop Bouquet:

1. Cover your work surface with newspaper, and paint your pot. I first painted mine red, and then added a top coat of Krylon Glitter Blast. Let paint dry.
2. Place the ball of STYROFOAM Brand Foam on the pot. Insert a ring of Tootsie Pops around the ball where it meets the pot.
3. Deconstruct your roses. Use wire knippers, if needed, to cut away the stems, and then pull apart the layers of petals. I used three layers of petals for each lollipop rose.
How to make the prettiest lollipop roses for a Lollipop Bouquet.
You’ll take apart the roses and cut a small “x” in the center of each layer of petals.
4. Cut a small “x” in the center of each petal layer so the opening is wider and the wrapped lollipop will fit. Starting with the smallest layer, slip the petals onto the lollipop stick. Insert the lollipop rose into the foam ball.
How to make a Lollipop Bouquet for Valentine's Day.
By cutting a small “x” in each layer of petals, the petals will slip over the lollipop wrapper.
These Lollipop Roses are so pretty and super-easy.
Easy and pretty!
5. Cover the ball with roses. If there are gaps, adjust the roses, fluff the petals, and fill in with rose buds.
Easy, Lollipop Bouquet for Valentine's Day. Tutorial on
As you arrange the Lollipop Roses, fluff the petals to fill in the space. If there are any bare spots when you’re finished, use the silk rose buds to fill in the gaps.
6. Remove the ball, center the doily on the pot, and place the ball back in place.
Kids love this easy, Valentine's Day centerpiece. Kids love it!
The Valentine Bouquet is a dessert and a decoration (and it’s easy).
I really love this one – it’s easy, pretty and yummy!
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Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Zipper Christmas Ornament

One of the many times I was standing in the long line at JoAnn's, I was lucky enough to be right by their idea table. I stared at the zipper ornaments so much that I had to come home and make a couple.
To make two trees, you just need one zipper that you take apart and some beads. I used a 22" zipper.
Then all you do is wind your zipper in loops and hot glue a bead in between. I added a bead to the bottom for the trunk and made a loop with the zipper at the top.
Add a ribbon through the loop to hang.
Now all I need is the tree to be put up to hang these beauties. Any volunteers?

Peppermint Ornament

Personalized Peppermint Christmas Stocking Ornaments!
(Easy Christmas Craft Using Starlight Mints)
Have you hung your Christmas stockings yet? It's one of my
    favorite holiday traditions. Growing up, we didn't actually hang ours. Mama and Daddy laid them out on the sofa on Christmas Eve...and they weren't really even stockings. They were white tube socks. I can still see them laying there on Christmas morning as we ran into the living room after having begged our parents to get up before the crack of dawn! They always had a tangerine and orange..I can still smell them. We would buy them by the case every Christmas at the Farmer's Market. There were also unshelled pecans and other nuts, and then our favorite..a couple of candy bars! I remember getting a Snicker bar every year. Such wonderful Christmas memories...I'm excited about making new ones this Christmas with my children and grandchildren. :o)

You will need peppermints, red fondant, stocking cookie cutter, foodwriters pens, parchment paper, holly mix sprinkles, corn syrup and twine for these easy melted peppermint stocking ornaments.

 While candy is melting, prepare your cookie cutter. I wish I'd have had at least a time I will. Baking one at time just takes a little longer.
Immediately press prepared cookie cutter into melted candy. Wait about 3 minutes and press a lollipop stick into candy to make a hole for twine or ribbon. At the 4 minute mark, the candy should be cool enough for you to remove the cookie cutter. I lift the candy and gently press the cutter completely through. It's still pliable at this point, so be quick to lay it flat on the parchment to finish cooling.
**edit** for an updated (and just plain better) technique for making the "ribbon hole" in here. It worked perfectly on my Peppermint Mittens Ornaments!
 So Easy! Just let the fondant dry completely before writing on it or threading the twine.
 I decorated mine with holly and berries. Just dab a little corn syrup on the candies and place on stocking.
You will be doing this too if you don't make the hole in cuff large enough!
Sweet stockings..all finished!
 What are some of your favorite Christmas memories? I'd love to hear them. :o)
Wishing You a Sweet Day From
Sugartown Sweets!
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Thursday, December 19, 2013

Snowman Wreath

Acrylic paints and Styrofoam balls come together to create this adorable snowman wreath. This Christmas season, be sure you have this little guy on your door welcoming all your friends to your home.  This is a cute wreath to have on display both indoors and out, and it's super easy to make and assemble.  You can even have this wreath out on display all winter long, from December through February!


  • (3) 2 1/2" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls
  • (4) 2" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls
  • (1) 1/2" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam ball
  • (3) 1" STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam balls
  • Artificial feathered cardinal, 3-1/2"
  • Plaid cotton fabric, 45" wide, 1/4 yd.
  • Red/green striped grosgrain ribbon, 5/8" x 1/3 yd.
  • Acrylic paints: red; orange; black; pink
  • Artificial pine wreath, 24"
  • Green chenille stems, two
  • Cloth-covered floral wire, 28-gauge, 1 yd.
  • Multi-colored glitter
  • Serrated knife
  • Candle stub or paraffin
  • Fine-line black permanent marker
  • Pencil
  • Disposable palette
  • Small disposable bowl
  • Ruler
  • Wooden toothpicks
  • Stencil brush, 3/8"
  • Water basin
  • Paper towels
  • Scissors
  • Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Thick, white craft glue
  • Pattern



  1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin and cut foam balls in half as follows: one each 1-1/2" (eyes), 2" (cheeks) and 2-1/2" (mitten snowball); three 1" (mouth). Set aside one 1" half-ball and one 2-1/2" half-ball for future projects.
  2. Cut 1-3/4" x 12" rectangle from foam sheet for hat brim. Cut one hat pattern from foam sheet, cutting along outline. Carefully cut mitten pattern from center of hat pattern; cut two mittens from foam sheet.
  3. To create nose, use fingers to shape tip of foam cone to a point. Use knife to shave foam, and fingers to smooth foam, into carrot shape; base diameter should measure about 1-1/4".
  4. Refer to diagram to position hat over foam disc (face). Cut and discard portion of disc directly under hat crown.
  5. Using stencil brush to "scrub" paint into foam surface, paint pieces as follows: hat, hat brim, eyes, and five 1" half-balls (mouth) black; cheeks pink; nose orange; mittens red. While paint is still wet, sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.
  6. Insert toothpicks into half-ball snowball cut in Step 1, as well as remaining foam balls. Mix equal parts white glue and water in small bowl. Holding each ball by toothpick and using stencil brush, apply glue/water mixture to foam surface and sprinkle with glitter. Stand toothpick in scrap foam until glue sets. Apply glue/water mixture and glitter to face in same way; let dry.
  7. Apply glue to ends of three more toothpicks and insert halfway into flat edge of head. Apply glue to pick ends and head edge; press hat onto toothpicks. Glue brim to hat, covering seam where it meets head. Glue ribbon across hat, just above hat band. Glue bird to brim.
  8. Apply glue to end of toothpick and insert halfway into flat base of nose. Cut three toothpicks in half; glue pieces into flat sides of cheeks, eyes and mitten snowball. Apply glue to pick ends and foam edges; press pieces into face and mitten. Glue mouth half-balls to face.
  9. Fold one chenille stem in half and twist ends together around top center back of wreath for hanger. With hanger at 12 o' clock, arrange face, mittens and snowballs on wreath.
  10. Tear 6"-wide scarf from plaid fabric, tearing from selvage to selvage (finished edges). Fold scarf so one end is about 8" longer than the other. Place scarf on wreath as shown, with longer end on bottom.
  11. Cut wire in half; fold each piece in half. Use folded wires to secure scarf to wreath at fold and opposite side. Fold longer scarf end forward over second wire.
  12. Bend remaining chenille stem into 3"-wide "U" shape. Glue stem to back of hat 1" below top edge. Glue all foam pieces to wreath. Using chenille stem, wire top of hat to wreath.


Chimmney Snowman

Wouldn’t this cute snowman look great upon your fireplace mantel or entry table?
Typical Project Completion Time: 2 hours
Materials Needed
STYROFOAM®Brand Foam:Balls, one each: 3″; 2″
Sculpturing Block, 18″ x 4″ x 4″
Other Materials:Acrylic paints: black; orange; metallic silver
Paint for STYROFOAM, white
Paper: Christmas carol sheet music; white card stock, 8-1/2″ x 11″, two sheets
Cream felt, 9″ x 12″ sheet
Silver chenille stem
White/iridescent glitter: ultra-fine; fine
White feather angel wings, 3-1/2″ tall, one pair
Allspice balls or small beads, two
Powdered blush
Serrated knife

Candle stub or paraffin

Round wooden toothpicks, three
Medium flat paintbrush
Disposable palette
Water basin
Paper towels
Low-temp glue gun and glue sticks
Thick, white craft glue
Optional: Large rubber bands
Project Instructions
1. Wax serrated knife with candle stub or paraffin and cut foam block to 7″ tall; set aside larger piece for future project. Cut 3/4″-thick slice from bottom of 3″ foam ball. (Note: If Sculpting Block is not available, purchase smaller sizes of blocks and glue together. Once glue is dried, trim block to 7″ x 4″ x 4″.)
2. Glue end of one toothpick halfway into bottom of 3″ ball. Apply glue to flat side of ball and glue other end of toothpick into center top of block. In same way, glue 2″ foam ball to top of 3″ ball, forming snowman.
3. Photocopy sheet music onto both card stock sheets; trim to 7″ x 8-1/2″. Wrap and glue card stock around sides of foam block, overlapping ends slightly. Note: Place large rubber bands around block to secure paper until glue dries.
4. Follow manufacturer’s instructions to apply foam paint to snowman and top of chimney, letting paint run down sides to resemble snow. While wet, sprinkle paint with fine, then ultra-fine, glitter. Let dry completely.
5. For hat crown, cut 2″ x 8″ piece from felt and tightly roll into 2″-tall cylinder; glue end to secure. Trace one end of crown onto felt twice; cut out one circle on line and one circle 3/8″ beyond line. Glue top and brim to crown; glue hat to head. Cut 3″ length from chenille stem and wrap around hat just above brim.
6. Paint allspice balls silver and let dry; glue to front of snowman’s body for buttons. For nose, paint one end of remaining toothpick orange; let dry. Cut tip from toothpick and glue to face.
7. Cut 3/4″ x 8″ scarf from felt and tie around snowman’s neck; spot glue to secure. Glue wings to back of body.
8. Cut remaining chenille stem in half; bend one end of each piece into small loop for hands. Glue and insert straight stem ends into sides of snowman.
Dip pencil tip into black paint and dot eyes; repeat to make five dots for mouth. Use fingertip to apply blush to cheeks.

Snowman Hurricane Centerpiece

Glass hurricane globes are commonly used to protect candles or oil lamps from the wind, thus the name. In this craft project, you will use a hurricane glass to make a lighted snowman centerpiece that looks lovely surrounded by a little Christmas greenery.
Craft Supplies
  • Hurricane Globe
  • Acrylic Enamel or Glass Paints:

  • Sea Sponge
  • Paint Brush
Craft Project Instructions:
Clean the hurricane globe thoroughly with a glass cleaner or dish soap and dry completely before applying paint.
On a paper plate, pour grey paint in a circle and immediately beside the grey, pour an equal amount of white paint. Dip your sea sponge into the paint, making sure both colours adhere to the sponge. Dab gently over the entire outside of the globe with this mixture, adding more paint to your sponge as recquired.
snowmanhurricane (13K)Leave some areas unpainted (small dots) on the globe to allow the light to sparkle through. Allow this paint to dry completely.
Once your paint is dry, begin painting the face. Starting with the eyes, and referring to the photo at right, paint the outline of your eyes with black paint, paint the centre with blue and add a small line of white and a couple of dots to the blue painted area. Paint the nose to form a carrot shape and outline with a very fine line of black paint and add a few little lines for wrinkles in the carrot. Paint the mouth as shown with black paint.
To add the rosy cheeks, use a very damp and very small piece of sea sponge dipped in red paint with most of the red paint removed on a paper towel. Dab a very light circle with the sea sponge for the cheeks.
You can use the painted snowman hurricane glass in a centerpiece, as shown, surrounded by some branches of Christmas greenery and pine cones. Light the hurricane globe with a real or battery-powered candle. As always, never leave a lit candle unattended. If desired, nestle a short strand of Christmas lights in amongst the greenery for even more festive illumination.

Acorn Door Decor

Welcome holiday guests into your home with this unique wrapped package on your front door. Make rustic handmade acorns using craft foam and paint—then add some greenery and tie it all together with a big ribbon bow.

Finished size: 2" x 12" x 24" Package   

Skill:    3    Time:    1    Cost:    1

You will need:

•  Craft foam*:One 24" x 12" x 2" sheet, two 3" balls, three 3" eggs
•  One jar paper paste*: Mocha Crème
•  Acrylic paint*: dark gray, light brown, medium brown
•  Paintbrushes
•  Palette knife
•  Brown Kraft paper
•  Two feet 1 1/2" wired red metallic ribbon
•  Two eucalyptus bunches
•  Two pine sprays with pinecones
•  Two cedar sprays
•  Four evergreen stems with small pinecones
•  Green reindeer moss
•  Twelve 8" twigs
•  18" of brown-wrapped wire
•  Floral shears
•  Floral pins
•  Wire cutters
•  Adhesive tape
•  Low-temp hot glue gun & glue sticks
Paper towels, pencil, ruler, scissors, serrated knife, old candle

*The following products were used for this project: DecoArt Americana acrylic paint, Paper Perfect paint • STYROFOAM craft foam shapes.

Note: For product information, see end of article.

•  To make cutting craft foam easier, rub serrated knife across candle first.
•  See photo for details and placement.

STEP 1: Preparation. Use knife to cut 1" from larger rounded ends of craft foam eggs. Cut craft foam balls in half lengthwise.  Use palette knife to cover the smaller rounded ends egg parts and three of the half balls with the paper paste. Let dry on paper towel for 24 hours. Note: Drying time may be longer in higher humidity locations.

STEP 2: Make acorns. Use hot glue to attach egg parts to half balls. Paint egg parts with light brown paint and half ball parts with medium brown paint. Lightly brush dark gray paint across half ball parts, wiping away excess paint with paper towel. Let dry completely. Use wire cutters to cut three 2" pieces of brown-wrapped wire. Insert ends into tops of acorns.

STEP 3: Wrap package. Wrap craft foam sheet with brown paper as you would a gift package. Wrap ribbon around width of package, overlapping ends slightly. Cut extra ribbon. Insert a floral pin to hold ends in place. Wrap ribbon around length of package in same way. Embellish package with red ribbon secured with adhesive tape or floral pins.

STEP 4: Embellish package. Insert pine and cedar sprays vertically into center front of package. Use hot glue to secure. Hot glue eucalyptus stems between sprays. Cut 24" of ribbon and make a 4-loop bow with tails. Wrap center of bow with 6” length of brown-wrapped wire. Use floral pins and hot glue to secure bow to center of package on top of greenery sprays. Cut ribbon ends at a slant.

STEP 5: Finish. Hot glue acorns to evergreens on package as shown. Insert twigs through brown wire loops on tops of acorns and hot glue in place. Use hot glue to cover exposed stems or glue with pieces of green reindeer moss.
For hanger, cut 6" of brown-wrapped wire. Apply hot glue to ends and insert into top center on back of package.