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Feed the one your love with their favourite sweet treats
Cooking a meal for your special someone - Do something different for dessert with these sweet trees. they are the perfect centre piece

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Posted by Crafta La Vista from Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom • Published See Crafta La Vista's 31 projects »
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  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 1
    Step 1

    I started by making the filling for the pot.

    Now you can buy something like plater of paris, but I went for the cheap option and make some salt dough - this takes longer to dry out but I made it using things I found round the house so didn't need to spend a penny.

    To make this (for 2 plant pots) use:
    200g of flour
    100g of salt
    few dashes of red food colouring
    and as much water as you need to make this into a dough texture (less than 1/2 a cup)

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 2
    Step 2

    Take your pot and fill it with the dough, leaving a gap at the top as it will rise slightly

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 3
    Step 3

    Cover your piece of wooden dowelling in ribbon, gluing it as you go so it stays in place

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 4
    Step 4

    Put the dowelling through the middle of the dough until it reaches the bottom.

    At this point I took it back out and put some hot glue on the bottom of the hole before putting the dowelling back in for extra sturdiness

    I then left my pot next to a heater overnight to dry out the salt dough, but if you have something like an airing cupboard than that works very well

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 5
    Step 5

    Once your salt dough is keeping the dowelling sturdy in the pot, you can glue your loveheart sweets round the outside of the pot

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 6
    Step 6

    Take your polystyrene ball and push it onto the top of the dowelling

    Again, I took mine back off and added some hot glue into the hole before putting it back on

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 7
    Step 7

    Cover the ball in tissue and tie it tight round the bottom of the ball

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now this is where you need to make a choice. you can either stick your sweets on with cocktail sticks or melted chocolate

    If you are using cocktail sticks then leave the tissue paper as is.

    However I tried using cocktail sticks but the maltesers kept breaking when I tried to put them on so I opted for melted chocolate instead

    This meant I had to cut the tissue off the ball but I left the frilly bit of the tissue on the bottom as an extra decoration

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 9
    Step 9

    I melted some plain chocolate and spread it all over the ball, including the bottom

    To reach the bottom I had to push the remaining tissue down

    When you start placing your sweets on you might notice them slipping down the ball - this means the chocolate is too thin. If this happens then leave the chocolate to harden up a bit and then try again.

    You can also put a bit extra chocolate on the bottom of your sweet to give it something extra to stick to

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 10
    Step 10

    Repeat the process until you have covered the whole ball with your sweets

    For this one I cut the maltesers in half before sticking them on so that you got the two tone effect

  • How to make a candy tree. Sweet Trees - Step 11
    Step 11

    Once you have made 1 you will be addicted so try out different sweets and patterns and have all your friends and family drooling

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