Sunday, December 5, 2010

Have Yourself A Puffy Little Christmas

So, I did it.  I made the marshmallow wreath.  Isn't it cute????????  And puffy?????  I just want to give it a big hug.


And it was so easy!  All I had to do was stick a million marshmallows onto a white wreath form with toothpicks.  Then I added a few gumdrops and bing bang I was done.

This project (a) did not involve a glue gun; (b) did not require any plain paint; and (c) involved a less appealing food item than candy corn, so I did not gain ten pounds while making it.  So, as you can see, I have learned from my past crafting mistakes.

However, there were a couple of other crafting tips that I picked up along the way that I thought I'd share with you all here.

1.  When inserting the marshmallows, it is important to note that you should not put the toothpick into the marshmallow first, and then press down on the marshmallow with your thumb to plunge it into the wreath form.  Because the toothpick will then stab you in the thumb.  I know - totally unforseen consequence.

2.  You may want to use some glue.  I went the toothpick purist route, and well, we have had some gumdrop plopping incidents.  Nothing is worse than sitting proudly in your family room having hung up your beautifully crafted marshmallow wreath, talking to your husband about how you are a crafting genius, and then hearing a plop...plop...roll....coming from the entryway.   And then another one.  And then another one after that, too.

3.  Use pretty ribbon to hang it up.  This is not a new tip, as we learned this during my last crafting foray with the lynched Halloween wreath.  However, I now know that it is important to measure the pretty ribbon before you cut it.  Because if you don't, you may cut it too short and then have to tie the pretty ribbon back together again so the wreath will hang where you want it to on the door. 

4.  Marshmallows are dusty.  And wreath forms shed a lot of flaky stuff, especially when you are jamming toothpicks into them.  Therefore, do not make this project while sitting on the couch in front of the TV.  Unless you just bought Eclipse on DVD.  Then it's okay.

5.   If you're planning to hang your wreath on your front door, and you have a glass storm door in front of it, you may want to check that your wreath's poof level will enable you to fully shut both doors.  I just barely made it, phew.

6.  Speaking of storm doors, Scott informs me that night-time condensation combined with the amplified heat from the sun shining directly on the glass storm door will likely melt and destroy my marshmallow wreath by high noon tomorrow.  However, I'm feeling positive about things.  He has indicated that the loser has to clean it up, so let's hope I'm right.

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19 comments:

Funny in My Mind said...

When the marshmallows get all smooshy, make s'mores out of them. The kids will love it.
Great wreath.
I loved Eclipse!

Belle n' Kent said...

Eeeeeeeeewwww...smores out of smooshy melted marshmallow wreath?! (It's 11:00 at night, so I'm laughing as I'm saying "Eew". hahaha)

Megan, #6 is my favorite! :D Actually, this whole post is my favorite! But again...it's 11:00 at night.

Marcia (123 blog) said...

Well, at least your wreath looks beautiful for the photo! That's all that counts, isn't it?

Tractor Mom said...

My question: How do you keep everybody for eating your wreath??

GlowinGirl said...

I love it! But marshamllows unappealing? I think not! I'd have my wreath with hot cocoa. :)

Seriously, I'm saving this idea. My middle will eat this up. heehee!

Jen said...

You are your craftiness. I love it. :)

Kmama said...

That is seriously cute.

Though, I was thinking the same thing as Scott. But it's been so cold here that maybe the marshmallows would just stay frozen??

Liz said...

LOVE! Great job, Megan!

Steph said...

So cool! Sorry about the plopping gumdrops! Yeah those toothpicks can be dangerous. Been poked a few times myself already, so thanks for the warning and saving the hands of mamas everywhere. Hope it doesn't melt!

wonderchris said...

I can't wait to see who the "winner" is. :)

Helene said...

Hahahahaha, I was just thinking in my head.."but what if the sun hits it directly, won't it melt?" and then I got to the end part. Let's hope me and your husband are wrong so you don't have to clean up a huge mess. I could just send my kids over to your house to clean it up if it does melt...they'll happily eat food off the floor, as long as it doesn't look appetizing and it's not on a plate.

sara said...

That is the most adorable, puffy wreath ever! I feel like I need to get my craft on now...

Brandy@YDK said...

I hope that it lasts because it is just so poofy and pretty.

MisAdventuresofMomof3 said...

That's awesome! I love the puffy whiteness!

Rochelle@AFamilyofLooneys said...

You go girl!! It turned out so pretty. I love it.

Rebecca said...

Could you schellac (seriously...it's too early in the morning to spell that word correctly) it? It IS cute! Who cares if it melts??

gringationcancun said...

Thanks for all the tips.

No glue gun = perfect craft project

Krystyn said...

Looks great.

Did I survive the night? Or did it glue to your glass storm door?

Sadia said...

So, what got it first? Melting, or critters with a sweet tooth?