To make a topiary and wreath out of DumDum suckers you will need:
- A pot, candlestick, or “holder” for your floral foam ball.
- A ball made of floral foam that can be purchased at any craft store or Wal-mart (you will want to have your “holder” picked out before you select the floral foam ball to make sure you purchase the correct size).
- A floral foam wreath (you can choose the size you would like).
- DumDum suckers (about 500 for the two projects I completed today).
- Hot glue gun.
- Wide ribbon (to hang the wreath).
- Spray paint (optional).
I purchased two flower pots on sale and used them as the base for my floral ball. I bought the largest size ball that would fit inside the lip of the pot. I used spray paint to match the flower pots to my color scheme.
You can add a ring of hot glue to the inside lip of the pot if you want to insure the floral foam will remain secure.
For any of the small-sized foam balls you will need to shorten the DumDum sticks. They are very easy to break by bending. I broke the sticks right below the bottom of the wrapper.
Each of the small flower pot topiaries took less than 70 DumDum suckers. The number will vary depending on how closely the suckers are spaced.
I started adding suckers in a row around the bottom and placed them as close as possible to prevent gaps where the green floral foam ball could be seen.
I made several colors, sizes, and styles of these DumDum topiaries to use as decor at a Candyland party. The small pots took less than 30 minutes and cost around $2 to complete.
I purchased the additional candlesticks and pots at Hobby Lobby and spray painted them to match the party colors. The larger topiaries took substantially more suckers and about 45 minutes to 1 hour to complete. The average cost of the large topiaries is $12.
DumDum Sucker Wreath
I purchased a green floral foam wreath from a craft store for this project. It was a little bit more expensive than the white foam you can purchase for ribbon wreaths, but you need the strength of the floral foam to hold the weight of the suckers. The more flimsy version will most likely break in half at some point!
You will need to break your sucker sticks for this wreath.
I decided that the wreath would lay better against the door if I did not add suckers all the way around. I started by placing my foam on a table and adding a sucker at the top and inside where it made contact with the table. I repeated that process for my top and inside suckers on the rest of the wreath.
Continue the wreath by adding DumDum suckers as close as possible to prevent gaps. When half of the wreath is complete you will want to add your ribbon for hanging.
Make sure you burn both ends of the ribbon to seal it and prevent fraying.
I wrapped my ribbon around the wreath and saw that I had enough length to have it hang well. I then tied off the ribbon leaving tails on each end that were long enough to attach a bow later.
I scrunched my ribbon and added another row of suckers as close as possible to prevent gaps. The ribbon will not show through the suckers.
Finish the wreath by adding rows of DumDum suckers until you reach the starting point. Tie a bow for the top and you have a perfect and welcoming accent to your candy or rainbow themed birthday party.
The DumDum wreath cost about $15 and took 1-2 hours to complete. It took almost 500 DumDum suckers.