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Toddler Activities: Candy Topiary

Toddler Activities: Make a cute topiary as a gift, centerpiece or for a pretty holiday decoration. Ages 2+

candy topiary DESCRIPTION

Toddler Activities: Decorative candy topiaries make great party centerpieces or home decorations for special occasions or holidays.


  • Cup or small vase for base
  • Styrofoam to fit in mug or vase (florist cylinder or cut a piece to fit)
  • Styrofoam shape (circle, heart, star, cone)
  • Dowel
  • Candies
  • Cake Frosting (recommended)
  • Shredded Grass
  • Ribbon

  • Craft Glue
  • Paint for dowel (optional)
  • Waxed Paper or Parchment paper to work on
  • Small dish or muffin tin to sort candies
  • Small gplastic butter knife
  • Paper towels
  • Small dish or mug if you want to let set after first half is complete before doing the other half.

    1. Paint dowel. Let dry. (optional)
    2. Stick the dowel into the foam. Remove and squeeze some glue into the hole and push the dowel back in. Let dry.
    3. Place a large sheet of waxed paper or parchment paper on a flat surface.
    4. Pour/sort candies into small dishes or a muffin tin.
    5. Use the spatula to put a coating of frosting on half of the styrofoam..
    6. Stick on candies. For best results let set for 30 minutes before completing the other side.
    7. balancing candy topiary on dish

    8. Place on small dish or cup to keep from rolling
    9. Use spatula to put frosting on the rest of the styrofoam.
    10. Use a small butter knife to add frosting to a piece of candy if needed.


  • For best results use CAKE FROSTING to stick on candies. After testing Craft Glue, Wilton Icing and Frosting we found the Wilton Icing is good for flat areas and helps define where to place candies but for any sides, cones or non flat surfaces, use cake frosting. The candy with stick and NOT slide.
  • If you choose to do a pattern, lay out the candies on the waxed paper.
  • The heart will get surprisingly heavy with the candies so make sure you test stability. We added some glass craft pebbles to create a more stable base.
  • At Michael's Crafts Store we found pre made shapes like circles, stars and hearts for one US dollar.
  • Keep out of reach of very young children when displaying! It is very irresistible looking!

    Sorting is a great toddler activity that reinforces color recognition and counting. Sort candies into muffin tins by type, shape or color. Make a few simple patterns together with your child on the waxed paper to help develop patterning skills.


    valentines candy topiary

    This is perfect for a Valentines centerpiece for a party or as holiday decor. We used Wilton Icing in a bottle (looks like an Elmer's glue bottle) for the flat surfaces and cake frosting for the edges.

    See above for detailed instructions.

    valentines conversation heart topiary
    Conversation Heart Topiary for Valentines

    This is another fun Valentines centerpiece for a party or as holiday decor. We used cake frosting and did half at a time. for the edges.

    make a candy topiary

    See above for detailed instructions.
    easter candy topiary

    This is perfect for a Easter centerpiece for a party or as holiday decor. We used Jelly Bellies and found some colored styrofoam eggs to add to the centerpiece.

    See above for detailed instructions.

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