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October 29, 2012 / staceyj

I See Candy People…

I know I haven’t written in a while…in a very long, long while.  And I owe you a post on why and how and mostly why.  But I am not quite ready to do that yet.  And with Halloween just mere days away I wanted to share a fun project my daughter, BeautOne, and I have worked on together before the holiday passes us by.

Candy People!

We don’t live in a neighborhood.  We don’t really have any neighbors…unless you call wild coyotes, three horses and harvested fields neighbors.  With the lack of human neighborhood types comes a definite lack of trick-or-treaters.  So we head into town to partake in the candy fest.  And to keep the candy universe in alignment, we contribute to our community’s candy coffers by bringing treats to BeautOne’s class.  I, for one, am sure to stay in good standing with the candy gods.

They are a cinch to make.  Kids love them.  And they are made from easy-to-find treats.

Here are the materials you need to create these little masterpieces:

  • Hot glue gun
  • Wiggly eyes (I bought these at Hobby Lobby)
  • Boxed candy for the body
  • Lollipop for the head
  • Candy for the arms and legs, like Tootsie Rolls and Smarties
  • Yarn, not pictured.  My daughter decided to add a yarn mouth this year.  But she had this creative stroke of genius after this photograph was snapped.

Start by gluing the ‘body’ to the ‘head’.

Three large drops o’ glue will do.  (I’m a poet and I didn’t know it.)

Press the boxed candy firmly onto the lollipop stick and hold until set.

Then attach those candy arms!  Make sure you fold the candy wrapper end flat before applying glue.

Make sure you apply plenty of glue and hold firmly until set.  Trust me!  The extra 20 seconds you spend making sure the glue is set is well worth it.  The first year we made these we were so proud of ourselves and our craftiness.  We went to bed with sweet dreams of craft dominance.  And then we woke up the next morning and to our horror many of our candy people had lost at least one of their candy limbs.  And we had to reapply.  So take the extra time and skip the trip to the candy surgical unit.

The same song and dance happens with the legs.  Folding the candy ends flat makes them attach easier.

The candy person’s got legs.  And she knows how to use them!

Take a minute to snap a pic of your crafting partner.

Add the eyes…

And the mouth.  We opted for white yarn because it is the only yarn we had on hand.  BeautOne wasn’t interested in a nose.  Maybe next year?

The little one was so proud of her creation.

We lay ours flat to cure overnight.  It is quite the sight.  Like a little candy army waiting to delight.  (There I go getting all poetic again!  Ha!)

Happy Halloween from our family to yours!

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  1. Teenie Bird / Oct 29 2012 1:14 pm

    Adorable! I love each and every “person” in this post. Especially the cutie in the red shirt!

    • staceyj / Oct 29 2012 2:30 pm

      Thanks! J just had to make one for her BFF, T. Good thing it’s edible or else it wouldn’t make the move cut!

  2. Kelly O'Hare / Oct 29 2012 2:01 pm

    ahhhhh….SOOOO cute!! I missed you and your writing! So glad to have you back:)

    • staceyj / Oct 29 2012 2:28 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Kelly! Wishing you and yours a very Happy Halloween and excited to hear about your latest arrival.

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