One of my favorite blogs, Between Naps on the Porch, recently posted an adorable, easy to make, "sundae" centerpiece for the 4th of July. I slightly tweaked her craft how-to, which you can find on her site also known as BNOTP, but let's start with mine first, shall we?
Note: The directions are to make two "sundaes" but you can make as many or as few as you would like. Most of my decorations came from my favorite craft store...Hobby Lobby.
The cast of characters:
*Two sundae style or milkshake style glasses
*Several bags of patriotic style bite-size candies (I used butter cream candies)
*A 4-inch Styrofoam ball (cut in half)
*An assortment of patriotic decorations ~ I am using pinwheels, decorative metal stars and fireburst style decorations
*Pieces of scrapbooking paper in various colors of red, white and blue (some solid and some printed)
*Several colorful plastic straws
*Several 4-6 inch pieces of colorful paper, tissue paper or tulle to represent the whipped topping
*Two pieces of red candy or truffle to represent the cherry on top
*T-pins, ballpoint pens
*Temporary double-sided tape (optional)
*Craft glue OR hot glue gun (optional)
Cutting my Styrofoam ball in half, I then took about 1-inch strips of temporary double-sided tape and placed them around the flat side of the ball. I found it much easier to do it this way than using one long strip...or else it will be kinda like putting a square peg into a round hole :/ Removing the glossy coating requires lots of patience or really long fingernails -but so much easier in the long run if you want it to be temporary. Otherwise, use a hot glue gun to make it permanent.
This part is easy...start around the bottom of the ball attach and work your way around by using T-pins or ball point pins to attach your candies. Overlap the candies slightly to hide the Styrofoam. The pins make it easier to adjust placement if necessary. You could even add more candies if you would like! Note that I alternated the patterns of the candy to give a more colorful effect. Oh, if your candies have a lengthwise seam, make sure they are on the bottom side and not exposed.
I couldn't find any red candy at the moment, but secure a piece of red round candy down in the center of your "sundae". You may need to use some glue to do that. My metal star and pinwheels were just a tad long, so I used a metal clipper to cut off just a bit and then inserted them where I wanted.
I had intended on taking them apart and scattering smaller pieces around my "sundae" but the wire was rather heavy and it was very well secured. So I decided to try it with one large fireburst.