complete diy candy topiary tutorial and a candy bar

Complete DIY Candy Topiary Tutorial {And A Candy Bar}

Alright y’all, I don’t add the word ‘complete’ into my titles normally, but it is necessary to get a point across!

Ok, we all have seen all the FABULOUS candy topiaries on pinterest, right?! So when I found out the theme of my first Bat Mitzvah would be sweets and candy, you know I had to throw that out there as an idea! I thought for sure they couldn’t be that hard and for sure out of all those amazing pins, there would be plenty of tutorials to tell me how to do it if I ran into any problems…. no.

But I figured it out and I am going to share my secret with you!!


candy topiary


Basically, my problem was that I used 5 inch foam balls, which, when loaded with 200 suckers or 150 lemon heads or any other candy, become VERY heavy. At first, I had just stuck the balls on a dowel and into some floral foam thinking that would work. Nope. It was so heavy that when the dowel would move, it would just make the hole in the foam bigger and bigger and then it wouldn’t stand up strait. Annoying. After looking through all the pins trying to find a tutorial and not being successful, I came up with my own idea. I grabbed a 2×4 and cut it to just perfectly fit in the top of the pot. It may take some trial and error, but really the pot is tapered so a 4-5 inch piece should fit somewhere in the pot. I also put a small chunk of floral foam in the very bottom to help stabilize. I drew an ‘x’ on each block from corner to corner and at the intersection drilled a 3/8th’s inch hole. The dowels I used were 3/8″ and I wanted it to be snug so they would be more stable.

That solved my problem!!!!


topiary 1

Then you just cover it up with some paper shreds and fill you foam balls with the candy. I just hot glued it all on there, the suckers can be taken out and the wrapped candy, but the rest can not be eaten. However, that means nothing to a group of teens I found out by the end of the night.

They went on tables with additional jars of suckers and rock candy as well as a champagne glass full of cotton candy at each setting. It was such a great party!!


topiaries 5


As if that wasn’t enough, I made a FULL candy bar for everyone! It was one heck of a sugar high!


candy bar

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One Response to Complete DIY Candy Topiary Tutorial {And A Candy Bar}

  1. Chris C May 30, 2013 at 11:32 pm #

    Wow, looks AWESOME!!
    You have the best ideas…I realized that I never subscribed to you! Can;t wait to start receiving posts!

    God bless!