How to Attach Candy to a Styrofoam Ball

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A candy-coated ball sounds like a prop from a movie about a chocolate maker, but this craft project is readily made at home for decoration or an edible centerpiece. One of the issues with covering a foam ball with candy is getting the candy to stick to the foam. You must determine whether you will want it to be easy for people to remove the candy from the ball. Once you know how the finished project will be used, you can pick your application method.

Things You'll Need

  • Craft glue
  • Disposable plate
  • Tissue paper
  • Scissors
  • Wrapped candies
  • Thumbtacks
  • Toothpicks
  • Unwrapped gummy candies

Attaching Candy for Later Removal

  • Pour craft glue into a disposable plate and roll the foam ball in the glue to evenly coat it with a thin layer of glue.

  • Press colored tissue paper over the surface of the foam ball, smoothing it flat with your hands. Let the glue dry.

  • Cut tissue paper into 1 x 2 inch rectangles, one per wrapped candy.

  • Glue one tissue paper rectangle to each of the candies with half of the rectangle overhanging the candy as a tag for attaching to the foam ball. Wait for the glue to dry completely.

  • Hold the paper flap against the foam ball with one hand and insert a thumbtack through it and into the foam with the other hand to attach the candy to the foam for easy removal later.

For Decoration Only

  • Cover the surface of a foam ball completely with craft glue.

  • Wrap tissue paper around the foam ball to add a background color.

  • Dip each of the wrapped candies into craft glue and press the glued side against the tissue paper to attach the candy for a decorative foam ball.

  • Wait for the glue to dry before displaying the candy-covered foam ball.

Attaching Unwrapped Gummy Candies

  • Push the end of a toothpick into each of the unwrapped gummy candies you are attaching to the foam ball.

  • Insert the free end of the toothpick into the foam.

  • Press the toothpick through the foam until only the candy attached to the end is visible outside the foam.

Tips & Warnings

  • Substitute glue from a low-temperature hot glue gun for the craft glue.
  • Glue unwrapped candies directly to the foam ball instead of using wrapped candies, if desired.
  • Break toothpicks in half to attach gummy candies to a small foam ball.

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References

  • Crafts Galore!: The Ultimate Guide for Girlfriends; Jody Brolsma
  • Betty Crocker Christmas Cookbook; Betty Crocker
  • Photo Credit Photos.com/AbleStock.com/Getty Images
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