I love decorating the home for holidays...starting with Fall-don't you? Here's a great idea for you! While making some halloween M&M Stix treats with stamps, punches, inks, papers M&M candies and Stampin' Up!'s NEW 1"x8" Cellophane Bags, I decided I needed something to put the candy in! I decorated a vase using Stampin' Up! fabrics and buttons, then accidentally created a wonderful home decor item for the table in my foyer! I now have instant home decor that can be switched out for Fall, Halloween and Thanksgiving-lasting for three months! (I loved the idea so much, I already made one for Christmas too!) It also makes a terrific hostess gift! Here's what the end result looks like:
Isn't it lovely? It's really quite easy to make this! Fall/halloween M&M's weren't out yet when I created this, so I purchased regular M&M candies and separated all the colors out into different dishes. (The red and green I saved for the Christmas M&M Stix). The orange, yellow and brown were all used for this treat container and my hubby and I ate the blue ones! Try making some with the kids-just add some Apple Cider and you already have a snack on hand for them that they will love! (kids love to eat while they create, just like us adults do!) Here is what you will need:
SUPPLIES (all Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted)
STAMPS: Batty for You (116576), Falling Leaves (115386)-greeting & candy topper
INKS: Classic Black Pad (101179)
CARDSTOCK: Basic Black (121045), Pumpkin Pie (105117), More Mustard (100946), Old Olive (100702), Various scraps of Designer Series Papers
ACCESSORIES: Cellophane Bags (124134) -1" x 8" (50 per pkg), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), eck the Halls Designer Fabric (121716), Tangerine Tango 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon (124144), Designer Buttons (Regals 119744 and Brights 119747), Various Markers, Various sizes of the circle punches and 1 3/4" Scallop Circle punch (119854)
OTHER: Vase or small jar, M&M's-large bag
To make it quicker and easier to get the M&M's into the cellophane bags:
Make a funnel from copy paper, that fits into the top of the cello bag-then drop one M&M in at a time, alternating the colors-just make sure the bottom candy lies flat and the rest will stack up right on top. It works beautifully and fills up quickly! It takes about 20-24 M&M's per Stix to fill each cello bag.
The tops of the bags have an adhesive strip closure. Leave room at top so you can add the topper. The toppers were made with increasing sizes of Stampin' Up! circle punches, including the Scallop Circle punch. layer your cardstock pieces on top of each other then end with a front and back that can be adhered together, with the candy stix in the middle.
Decorate your vase, add a bunch of M&M Stix and you are ready for all those trick or treaters and Halloween! When Halloween is over, change out the theme for Fall/Thanksgiving and you can still have a lovely item to grace any room in your house till Christmas! (make those now too, then just change your vase ribbon and button colors and you'll be ready with a holiday display till New Year's!) This could be an ongoing decoration you leave out all year round! Enjoy! Don't forget to let me know in a comment here, how yours turn out...or e-mail me a picture of your creation and maybe I will feature it in a future blog post!
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Until next time.....
Passionate about stamping!