Wintry Weekend: Candy Wreath Craft Project

Candy Wreath, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Photo: Rachel

Editor’s Note:  While this is not strictly an African craft project, we decided to include it here because it’s festive, fun for children, and possible to make anywhere in the world.

It’s December!  Finally, we are all filled with Christmas cheer.  But, where we live (in Africa) they don’t have evergreen wreaths.  So, we decided we would make a candy wreath.

It’s a tradition! Ever since my mom was a baby, her mother would make a candy wreath and hang it on the wall.  So, when kids come to visit, they can just pick candy off the wreath.  But they can’t just pick it on any normal day.  They have to wait until Christmas Eve when the clock strikes twelve.

This is a craft project we will make every year from now on, even if we do have evergreen wreaths, and we are excited to share it with you.

What You Will Need

a wire hanger
spool of florist wire
2 pounds of your favorite wrapped candies

Instructions

1.  Bend the hanger in to a circle.  This will form the base of your wreath.

Hanger Circle, Wreath Base

Photo: Rachel

2.  Wrap florist wire around each piece of candy, and use the same wire to attach candy to the wreath base.

Candy Wreath Craft Project, Abidjan, Ivory Coast

Photo:  Rachel

3.  Continue to attach candies, working your way around the wreath base.

Attaching Candy to Wreath Base

Photo:  Rachel

4.  Once you have completed the circle, ask an adult to use needle nose pliers to help you shape the hanger into a hook and hide it behind the wreath.  Hang it up on the wall, and, remember, wait until Christmas to begin eating!

Merry Christmas!

Stay tuned for our other Wintry Weekend posts this December.  We will be bringing you many more festive ideas for decorating and entertaining as we do in our African home.

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10 responses to “Wintry Weekend: Candy Wreath Craft Project

  1. I really hope you are going to win Stephane’s Prize ( unfortunately I followed his blog before starting to follow yours). I think it’s great that you are participating for your parents.

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