If you’re in need of a last-minute, festive centerpiece, look no further. Today’s super simple DIY takes everyday peppermint candies and transforms them into a playful topiary. Other than the candy, I had everything else for this project just lying around the house. It’s always a good feeling to complete a craft without multiple trips to the supply store.
DIY Peppermint Topiary
Estimated time: 30 minutes active, 30 minutes watching paint dry
Materials and Supplies
- 4″ styrofoam ball
- Red spray paint
- 1/2″ diameter dowel cut to 10″
- White acrylic paint
- Foam brush
- Peppermint candy (approximately 60 per ball)
- Hot glue and glue gun
- Styrofoam rectangle
- Pot or container
Paint your styrofoam ball red and your dowel white. Allow both to dry.
Apply hot glue to the back of a piece of candy. Place it on the styrofoam ball.
Continue to apply candy pieces to your ball. I followed a circular pattern trying to fill as much of the surface as possible. There will be gaps where the red of the ball shows through. Embrace this and spare yourself any perfectionism-induced stress.
Glue your rectangular piece of styrofoam inside of your container. The styrofoam piece should fill approximately half of the container.
When you’ve completely covered your ball with candy, insert the dowel through the bottom of your ball. Fill and cover the hole with a generous amount of glue. Allow to set.
Insert the bottom of the dowel into the rectangular styrofoam piece. Fill and cover the hole with a generous amount of glue. Hold the topiary while the glue sets (the topiary will be surprisingly heavy).
Cover the top of your container with polyester batting or snow filling.
Sweet! You just made a DIY peppermint topiary!