Over the past few years, sweet trees have been increasingly becoming a big trend for special events. From weddings, parties to Christmas, these colourful and beautiful things can be a great tabletop treat or gift for your friends and loved ones. What is greater is that you don’t have to spend a bunch of money purchasing them. Instead, it is simple to create your own ones with a few simple materials and tools. In this post, we’ll show you a step-by-step tutorial on how to make sweet trees for your big days.
What you’ll need
Before getting started, it is necessary to prepare the following materials and tool:
- Faux moss
- A metal spoon
- 250 millilitres of water
- Foam florists balls
- Thick dowelling
- A flower pot or bucket
- 500 grams of plaster for each tree
- A measuring jug and scales
- Chocolate or candy melts
- A pan and microwave or bowl
- Decorations and ribbon
Precautions before getting started
Before you start creating your sweet trees, keep in mind that your guests, friends, and family members will be those people who eat these things. Therefore, it is essential to ensure good hygiene during the process and always wash your hands thoroughly before beginning. Avoid licking chocolate or candy off the spoon and then put it back to the bowl because it would spread bacteria.
If you use wrapped sweets for this task, you would only attach the wrapper to the ball with a glue gun. Nevertheless, using chocolate will make un-wrapped sweets safer to eat. This is also the method we’ll show you in this guide.
Plaster is a toxic substance and can reach up to 600C when setting. Thus, you need to be careful when working with it. Read the label carefully and wear protective equipment like gloves during the process to avoid any accidents and injuries.
A step-by-step guide to make sweet trees
Once you have prepared all the necessary materials and tools, as well as reading our precautions. It’s time to make your sweet trees by following these simple steps:
Slightly push the small edge of the spoon to the foam ball, then leave on or cover the plastic it in the cling film. Avoid pushing the spoon right through.
Measure out 250 millilitres of water and 500 grams of plaster. Add the powder to a bowl and make a deep hole in the middle. Slowly add water and stir with a spoon.
Add plaster to a pot or bucket. Wash your spoon and bowl quickly and ensure that there is nothing left on your hands. You should be cautious when doing this because plaster can heat up and burn the skin when it sets.
Wait a couple of minutes before inserting the large edge of the spoon. You might have to hold the spoon a short time until it can stand up itself. Make sure the spoon stands straight in the middle, then leave it for around 30 minutes to set.
While the dowelling or spoon is setting, it’s time to start melting your chocolate or candy melts. If you use a microwave, make sure to set it at a short interval and low heat to avoid burning the ingredient. A better method is to place a bowl over the pan filled with boiling water. However, you should be careful when dealing with hot water.
Spread the melted candy melts or chocolate on a small surface with a pastry brush, then start applying the sweets. Work around the ball and keep applying the candy or chocolate to build more layers. If it gets hardened too fast, just melt it again as described in the previous step.
While reaching the underneath, keep in mind to hold on the sweets for a while to prevent them from dropping off. Consider removing the ball and replacing it if you find it simpler once you have put on all of the sweets on.
Once you are satisfied with the sweets, select a long piece of thin ribbon and attach it firmly to the spoon’s bottom with tape. Make sure to wrap the ribbon tightly around the spoon and use more tape to secure the top.
Use a larger piece of thin ribbon to create a bow, then pin a beautiful brooch to the middle to keep the unit in place.
The last step is to add more sweeties or fake moss to cover the plaster up. And now you are all done.
If you plan to use these sweet trees as the main decorative display in your garden party or wedding, it is a good idea to add some more accessories. For example, you can have a mirror plate under or decorate it with flowers or strings of pearls for a vintage-styled event. Keep in mind that there is a variety of ribbon colours, containers, and sweets to choose from, so use your creativity and try to come up with unique ideas which can impress your friends or family members.