Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Stunning Jelly Bean Tower Centerpiece


I was telling the children about Jack and the Beanstalk yesterday afternoon and we stumbled upon the subject of magic beans.  The older boys started singing a rhyme and the younger children were talking about climbing enormous bean stalks.  Naturally, all this talk started my mind churning around a fun Easter centerpiece. 

What is more magical than jelly beans?  Sugar, vibrant color, and a wide variety of tastes are only a few of the mystical traits this candy sports.  Harry Potter and President Regan both loved them-  I couldn't go wrong with a bean inspired project.  Could I? 

I thought I would concoct a tower, similar to a bon bon tree, using jelly beans for our Easter dinner table.  I don't know who was more impressed with the finished project-  me or the children!  Their eyes lit up with so much joy and it added a splash of whimsy and color to the table.  It might not be Easter yet, but we are enjoying this stacked magical goodness at every meal.

This is frugal and easy-  no hot glue or complicated templates.  The only requirements are that you can stick a toothpick into styrofoam and have a little patience.  I thought that this would make a fun birthday party centerpiece or a candy land themed party decoration during other times of the year. 

For this simple project, you will need:

jelly beans  (I used about two large bags of Starburst jelly beans, but the amount will ultimately depend on the size of cone you use)

styrofoam cone

leftover Easter grass

boiled eggs

plate

pretty glass or parfait cup





Here is what you do:

Carefully, break a toothpick into thirds and pierce a jelly bean.

Insert the bean onto the cone.  Start at the top and work your way down.  Try to mix and match the colors.

When you reach the bottom, place the decorated cone onto a plate and sprinkle paper grass around the base.  Nestle eggs around the bottom to add a lower layer.

Place the plate on top of an overturned glass to create more height. 

Voila!  You have created an easy centerpiece with little cost and no sweating was involved.

What do you adorn your dinner table with?



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