A Fun, Fast, and YUMMY Valentine Centerpiece!

by Kris on February 9, 2009

Do you just love Valentine’s Day as much as I do? I’m getting ready to celebrate it with my family all this week! Who says all the fun has to be reserved for just one day?

So I wanted to show you what I think is an adorable way to add a festive touch to your dinner table. With a few ready-made treats to pick up from the store, this centerpiece can be made in no time at all! It’s so yummy-looking, the worst part will be keeping your kiddos away from wanting to eat it. (Ex. The final pictures show the 2nd “cherry” on top…the first one was suspiciously missing with a 2-year-old’s face telling the entire story.)

But first, I bet you want to see what you’re making!

Here are a few pictures:

      
Ready to learn? It’s so easy! Here are the materials you will need to make 1 centerpiece:

 -a clear, ice cream sundae glass (I picked mine up at our local Dollar Tree store!)
-candy to fill the bottom of the glass (I chose conversation hearts for one, and pink and red M&Ms for the other!)
-a styrofoam circle or half-circle (found in the floral or craft section of places like Walmart)
-pink and white taffy
-2 candy pixie sticks (for the straws)
-chocolate, red-foiled heart
-hot glue gun
-paper to embroider or to write on if you choose to do labels

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1. Measure the circumference of your styrofoam simply by placing it at the top opening of the sundae dish. If it is too big, just cut off any excess pieces so that it can fit firmly at the top opening of your dish. Set that piece aside.

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2. Fill sundae dish with the candy of your choice.

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3. Now place that rounded top snug and firm into the opening of the sundae dish.

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4. Press pixie sticks into the foam at the top. If you’re having trouble getting them in, you can cut a small slit with a knife and add a little hot glue. Mine went easily in and there was no need to do anything further with this step. Point them in opposite directions at an angle. Cute straws!

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5. Carefully glue each piece of taffy onto the foam until the entire top and sides are covered. Squeeze in as many as you can so your top is very full and rounded!

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6. Place that chocolate heart cherry at the top, securing it with a little hot glue. Perfect!

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You’re finished! Wasn’t that easy? You should be proud!

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BUT WAIT!! There’s one more step you MIGHT want to add. It’s not necessary of course, but oh so cute! (You can also just WRITE the little tags out onto paper, but if you’re like me and love to machine embroider and will do so on anything you can possibly stitch, then here’s a final step that will add the perfect touch!)

I took these cute little words found at SWAKembroidery and stitched them onto mulberry paper. If you’ve never tried stitching onto paper, you should give it a try! It’s so easy to do and there is a great tutorial found in SWAK 101 on how to do this.

So here I go…stitching away…. (I’m getting giddy!)

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I then cut them out into a “banner-like” shape and glued them into place on the sundaes! Here is the “SWEETIE” word found at SWAK:

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And here’s the “LOVE MUFFIN” design:

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There are also some other groovy words to choose from! Again, if you don’t want to take the time to stitch these out, or don’t have a machine to do them, write them out and even personalize them! Happy Valentine’s WEEK everyone!

{ 20 comments }

1 Jennifer C. 02.10.09 at 6:04 pm

How cute is that! I love it!

2 Teresa Pomerantz 02.10.09 at 6:36 pm

I of course saw this over on JesseKate Designs- and I couldn’t find any taffy- so I made popcorn balls. You can see them on http://www.imalearba.blogspot.com

3 Katie 02.10.09 at 8:55 pm

I love these! I’m going to make them for my kids teachers!
I even blogged about my plans and fully intend to blog my experience in making them :)
Just wondering if you tried attaching the taffy with toothpicks instead of hot glue? Seems like that way might be more edible? And less messy?

4 Erin 02.10.09 at 9:36 pm

I love this and I’m definitely waiting for the ability to subscribe to your feed!

5 Sheila 02.11.09 at 12:01 am

How cute!

6 Crystal 02.11.09 at 12:17 am

I think that I’m going to make this for my daughter’s teacher.

7 Stacy - MaeMaesCreations 02.11.09 at 12:34 am

Oh how adorable! My kids are going to love these!

8 Hannah 02.11.09 at 5:12 am

These are soooo cute and will be perfect for the Tea Party business I’m opening!

9 Jennie Baer 02.11.09 at 6:36 am

You two are sooo crafty! I love how the taffy looks like sweet foam on top of the treat. Sooo cute. :D Makes me want to go to the dollar store and see what kind of Sunday Glasses they have. I know I’ve seen them there before. Hmm, might have to take a little trip this morning. LOL

10 Judy 02.11.09 at 10:18 am

This is darling. Thank you so much for the tutorial!!!

11 Marianne Shymanik 02.11.09 at 10:44 am

What a cute idea – great for teachers or someone special that you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg for – but want to remember them.

12 Crissie Fields 02.11.09 at 11:15 am

OK – I have to admit I was smitten with these when I saw them on SWAK but I was figuring that Kris’ children must be SO much more well behaved than mine because I didn’t realize the candy was secured!!!!! lol! I had been racking my brain thinking “How in the WORLD does that last on her table?!?!?!?!”. It wouldn’t make it through a day at mine. :) Man, hot glue is my hero.

13 Tara 02.11.09 at 2:20 pm

I just made them with bubble gum balls inside a glass cylindar and wrapped bubble gum for my whipped creme. The timing of this post was perfect for me as I was needing centerpieces for a dinner next week. The theme is Loving your children. I had picked bubble gum to work with, but this idea was tops. Sure beat my $ store bubble gum machine I was going to use. Wish I knew how to post a photo. Great work. Thanks for the inspiration.

14 kristina 02.11.09 at 3:21 pm

Kris is the best! I just loved this idea! I couldn’t find taffy anywhere, so peppermints it was! Thanks for the inspiration, the teachers loved them! You can see mine on my blog. http://www.mamakrit.blogspot.com

15 Jodi 02.11.09 at 3:47 pm

That’s one of the cutest things I’ve seen lately! Very unique too! Thanks!

16 kristina 02.12.09 at 4:33 pm

I LOVE this craft. Thanks so much Kris, you always have such adorable ideas! You can see my finished version at my blog:

http://www.mamakrit.blogspot.com

17 Sharon 02.12.09 at 9:17 pm

The cutest idea ever! As soon as I saw it I knew I had to make some! But do you know how hard it is to find taffy? I had to find a substitution and I think they came out pretty cute. Feel free to check them out: http://mamasamess.blogspot.com/ Teresa and Kristina I hope you don’t mind but I put a link to your blogs on mine so others could see what you did! LOVE IT!

18 Dee 02.12.09 at 9:44 pm

This is really unique and cute! Can’t wait to make it!

19 Jessica 02.16.09 at 3:02 pm

Just wanted to give a big thanks for the tutorial. I made for my family from my daughter & they were the biggest hit.

20 Convina 02.28.09 at 3:26 pm

This is a great idea! Thank you!

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