I love to come up with fun things for my children.
But unfortunately I don’t come up with them.
Usually I can thank OTHER people for the ideas.
Every single idea I have ever used for fun with my children has been inspired by someone other than myself.
I can pretty much guarantee that.
I have no shame in admitting that.
Oh I am sure that when I was a much younger mommy, you know, when I was full of energy and mommy creative juices, that I did have an original idea or two but now?
I got nothing.
Most of my fun ideas are given to me from books, magazines, family, friends, Pinterest, teachers, ideas heard on the train, bus, field trips, lines at the grocery store.
You get the gist.
I glean most of my fun ideas from other people and I am OK with admitting it.
Because at least I can admit that I am still up for trying to create fun things in the first place.
Trust me, there are days when it takes everything I have to make a grilled cheese sandwich so if I can go on Pinterest and type in “candy bar wreath” in the search engine?
I am winning.
And so are you.
Because that is why you are reading this today.
My oldest daughter turned 15 this year and in addition to giving her money, her request for her birthday this year, I wanted to give her something to open.
Not just a card with moola in it because where is the fun in that??
So I decided to make her a candy wreath.
Now, I know this seems a little childish for a 15 year old and to that I say, you don’t know teenagers!
First of all, they love candy!
Well at least mine does and while I am not a huge fan of giving her candy all the time, especially because she has braces, I decided that this was a fun way to show her that we were letting loose a little.
So off to Pinterest I went in search of “candy gift ideas” and voila!
The candy bar wreath idea popped up!
SHIELD YOUR EYES DR. WEISZ!
That’s my amazing dentist who is probably having a massive coronary right now.
I PROMISE, SHE DIDN’T EAT IT ALL, DR. WEISZ!
She totally did.
So this is what you will need:
– lots of mini candy bars. This can get expensive. Go to Dollar Tree. This is where I got mine because you won’t need more than probably 10 small bags at most, I had leftovers. Get different brands of candy and don’t get boxes, only individually wrapped candy bars because you will be hot gluing the individual bars onto the wreath.
– hot glue gun and glue sticks
– straw wreath NOT a foam wreath or it will melt
By the way, when you get a straw wreath, it will do that.
Be warned neat freaks.
So get out the broom.
I shook it out a little before I started gluing and that helped a lot.
Let’s get to gluing!
Let me just say, this was therapeutic.
I texted my mom while I was doing this and said, who knew this was all it took to let all my stressmelt away…need one of these??
Instead of knitting or reading, I might be making these babies for everyone I know.
If you get one of these bad boys on your front porch, be warned.
Maybe I will start an Etsy shop.
It took me all of 45 minutes from start to finish and here is the final product:
I added a bow I got at Hobby Lobby in the gift wrap section to the top.
I love how this turned out.
Anna gave one of her good friends a bag of candy for her birthday back in February before I found this idea and now I wished I had seen this.
Maybe I will make another one for her because HELLO, THERAPY.
You could make a sugar free version too.
Or a peanut free version as well.
The possibilities are endless.
I would hot glue anything to a wreath, quite honestly.
That could be the coolest idea ever.
I wonder if that could work.
Someone stop me.
Anna put this on her door and just pulled the candy from it each day.
The wreath didn’t last a month.
Total cost for everything from wreath form to bow to candy to glue sticks- $25.00 for a fun gift.
OKIEDOKIE, DR. WEISZ, YOU CAN OPEN YOUR EYES NOW!
Nothing to see here!
This entire post was about teeth brushing and how amazing you look!
I am totally making him a wreath out of floss and toothbrushes out of guilt.
Heading to Hobby Lobby now…….
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