Candy Garland Tutorial

by *LyndiLou* on March 15, 2013

As I mentioned in our last post, I’m back with a tutorial for an edible decoration. I’m going to show you how to make a candy garland!

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

If you’ve ever made a candy lei before, you’re going to say to yourself “Why didn’t I think of that?”

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

If you haven’t made a candy lei, then follow the simple steps below and you’ll be a pro in no time. In fact, put some Irish Stew on to cook, throw some Irish Soda Bread in the oven and you’ll be finished making decorations before dinner is ready!

You’ll need plastic wrap, your favorite green treats, curling ribbon or washi tape and scissors. That’s it! You might already have everything you need.

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

When you get to where you are wrapping the plastic around the candy, there are few ways you can do it. I suggest you always fold the plastic wrap in half. (Picture #1)

Next, you can either keep folding the wrap around the candy, flipping it over and over again, until it’s completely covered (Picture #2) OR you can put the candy on the plastic face down and pull all the excess wrap to the back of the candy, and wrap it tightly while keeping it all in the back. (Picture #3) Doing it this way will make the front very clear, allowing you to show off the candy really well because it won’t have a plastic haze in front of it. That’s the way I decided to do it so your mouth could start watering over these yummy Laffy Taffy.

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

If you’re using curling ribbon, slide it under the plastic between each piece of candy. Tie a knot or two and move between the next two candies. Remember to leave enough space at each end to be able to add another string of treats or to hang up somewhere.

If you’re using washi tape, twist the plastic in between each pair of candies. After a couple of twists, stick the washi tape to hold it in place. Don’t twist it if you’re tying it with ribbon or your garland will untwist as you go and it will look all mixed up.

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

When you get to where you need to connect more plastic wrap to what you’ve already made you can tie the two ends together with curling ribbon and then cut the excess plastic down. (Picture 1) You can also overlap the last of the plastic from your first piece and wrap it around the next piece of candy. (Picture 2) If the plastic ends in a weird place or gaps open a little as you’re combining pieces, you can tape it down. (Picture 3) Remember, the more you overlap the plastic the more plastic haze you’ll have over your candy. (Picture 4)

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

Keep adding links until you’ve reach whatever length you want. Grab some pushpins and stick your garland up. Add it to the rest of your decorations and you’ll be ready to party!

{PartyLand Utah Blog} Candy Garland Tutorial

Remember that one of the best parts of making decorations out of candy is that you get to eat it! Be sure to enjoy it while it lasts. If you decide to make a candy garland of your own, we’d love to see pictures! Share a link in the comments or post it right to our Facebook page. We hope you have a SWEET St. Patrick’s Day!

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