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Maria is bringing the essence of the nutcracker to life with her sugar plum mantle décor.
DIY Gumdrop Forest
Level:
Immediate
How-To:
Home Decor, Christmas Decor
Seasonal Event:
Christmas

MATERIALS:

TO CREATE THE GUMDROPS:

  • Colorful plastic cups
  • Sandpaper
  • White glitter in both chunky and fine textures
  • Mod podge and brush or spray adhesive
  • Wooden craft nutcrackers

TO CREATE THE NUTCRACKERS:

  • Paint to match the gumdrop colors
  • Paintbrush if using brush-on acrylic paint
  • Glitter foam sheets in colors to match
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Ruler

TO EXHIBIT THE GUMDROP FOREST:

  • Objects to create levels
  • Snow blanket or quilt batting
  • Faux snow
  • Bottle brush trees

INSTRUCTIONS:

TO CREATE THE GUMDROPS:

  1. Sand the surface of the plastic cups a bit to give them some texture.
  2. Mix the textures of glitter until blended together.
  3. Coat the cup with adhesive by either painting on mod podge or applying spray adhesive all over.
  4. Sprinkle the glitter mixture onto the cup.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 to create as many gumdrops as desired.

TO CREATE THE NUTCRACKERS:

  1. Paint the nutcrackers to match the gumdrops. Allow to dry.
  2. Measure any of the areas you want to add the glitter sheet accent.
  3. Mark out and cut the glitter sheet pieces.
  4. Adhere the glitter sheet to desired areas with hot glue.

TO EXHIBIT THE GUMDROP FOREST:

  1. In the desired location for the forest, position objects to create levels for the trees, gumdrops and nutcrackers.
  2. Cover the levels in a piece or multiple pieces of snow blanket or quilt batting.
  3. Arrange the gumdrops, nutcrackers and bottle brush trees as desired.
  4. Sprinkle faux snow over the snow blanket and enjoy!

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