As you know, I love crafting. I especially love doing easy crafts. So when I came across a picture of this Peppermint Candy Wreath in a magazine, I thought this would be an easy craft to do with Connor.
Connor loves to arts and craft projects. Perhaps it’s inherited (his father is an artist by trade after all), or perhaps it’s simply that our home is constantly full of crafts and supplies. I’m always searching for something that will be simple enough for him to do, as well as engage him during the entire process.
I figured a candy wreath might be engaging enough….
Here’s what you’ll need to complete the project:
styrofoam wreath form 8″ (I used one with a flat back so it would be easier to control during construction)
1-2 bags of peppermint candy (2.99 for a large bag at Target)
glue gun and refill glue sticks
festive ribbon to hang wreath from
It seems obvious to me, but I just want to say this: don’t let your child control the hot glue gun! You, the adult, should do all the gluing!
Essentially this project just requires you unwrapping all the candy and gluing them in concentric circles.
The repetitive task of gluing candies in an orderly line over and over appealed to Connor’s autism. It was a predictable, easy to complete task that was also aesthetically pleasing. Additionally, Connor felt very confident in his abilities to help and he even got upset with me when I tried to glue a candy down!
Round and round we went!
Once we were finished with our candy rings, Connor decided the wreath need a little something more. Candy canes!
Connor’s finished project (Mommy tied the bow):
All in all, this project took us about 45 minutes and cost roughly $10 (not including the glue). Most importantly, though, is that Connor and I enjoyed our crafting time together with the added bonus that Connor is very proud of his handiwork!
Happy holidays and happy crafting!