Easter Candy Topiary Tutorial

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Easter Candy Topiary Tutorial - Make a fun Easter centerpiece. [via @jenniferpilgrim | ModernPilgrimBlog.com]

When I think of spring and the Easter holiday, two things come to mind . . . candy and color! Create a candy topiary centerpiece and bring the best of April, candy favorites and bright colors, to your Easter table.


Supplies you probably already have:

  • hot glue gun + glue
  • acrylic paint (for the stem)
  • bucket or pot
  • ribbon

Supplies you may not have:

Sizes for these supplies depend on the size of your pot/bucket.

  • styrofoam ball
  • styrofoam half ball
  • wooden dowel
  • candy


1. To begin crafting your candy topiary, you will first want to sort your candy by color. I love bright & colorful candies for spring so I chose to use Skittles for my Easter centerpiece. When sorting the Skittles, I decided to leave out colors that were not reminiscent of Easter. Aren’t these Skittles simply gorgeous?

Easter Candy Topiary Tutorial - Make a fun Easter centerpiece. [via @jenniferpilgrim | ModernPilgrimBlog.com]2. Next, paint the styrofoam ball and dowel. Only one coat is needed. Why do we paint the ball? Nobody wants to see hints of white peaking out in between your candies.

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Allow the paint to dry. This should only take a couple of hours.

Easter Candy Topiary Tutorial - Make a fun Easter centerpiece. [via @jenniferpilgrim | ModernPilgrimBlog.com]3. Next, plug in your glue gun. When the styrofoam paint has completely dried and your glue is hot, begin gluing the Skittles onto the styrofoam ball. Place a tiny dot of glue on the center of the candy. I tried to make sure that my glue dot covered the “S” on the face of each Skittle but did not take up any more room than that.

Easter Candy Topiary Tutorial - Make a fun Easter centerpiece. [via @jenniferpilgrim | ModernPilgrimBlog.com]4. Glue away! It’s fun to make patterns. I chose to do colorful flowers with lots of green separating them.

Easter Candy Topiary Tutorial - Make a fun Easter centerpiece. [via @jenniferpilgrim | ModernPilgrimBlog.com]5. Once your ball is covered in Skittles, you will insert one end of the dowel into the ball and the other into the half ball. Place the half ball into your  bucket or pot to stabilize the topiary. Adorn the topiary with ribbon and Easter grass and your are all set.

Easter Candy Topiary Tutorial - Make a fun Easter centerpiece. [via @jenniferpilgrim | ModernPilgrimBlog.com]It may take some time but your finished product is bright, bold and beautiful. I hope you have a fun and delicious Easter!



  1. This is absolutely adorable. I have got to make one of these!! Sharing

  2. I love this idea! I am going to make one of these for Easter. I am going to use candies that match my decor.
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  3. Is there a way to do this without wasting all those yummy candies? lol I would be eating them instead of hot gluing them heheh
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  4. That is such a bright and colorful project. I love the craftiness of it. The color is great too. However, it does make me a little sad to waste perfectly good candy! I might have to swap them out for some small rounded scrapbook and paper craft buttons.
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  5. This is beautiful! What a lovely centrepiece.
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  6. That is a fun craft. I think the kids would like to get in on that one too!

  7. So colorful, so creative, and so adorable. I’ve never decorated on Easter but now I can’t wait to decorate.
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  8. This is so cute! Great idea to use the colorful candies :) I’m so ready for spring I can’t stand it!
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  9. That is so adorable! You’re very creative. :)
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  10. This is such a creative idea! I absolutely love the colors and it would look so pretty on the table for Easter dinner!
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  11. Courtney says:

    Omg this is just way too cool! I may have to make one for Easter :)

  12. That is simply adorable, that would look so pretty as a centerpiece. What a great tutorial, will share with my daughter.
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  13. This is adorable. I think it would be fun to make it with the kids.
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  14. That is so cute! But I’m pretty sure my kids would try to eat it….
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  15. What an absolutely gorgeous topiary. I’m definitely going to have to give this a try this year when we start decorating for Easter.
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  16. Pretty nice! So wish I had this idea when my son was little – the directions look perfect along with the images – fun!!
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  17. This is so sweet and pretty! I’ll be sharing! Thank you.
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  18. This looks so adorable! I can only imagine how many Skittles I would eat while making it.
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  19. Elizabeth O. says:

    The kids would love to do this! Looking forward for weekend so they can start!

  20. That looks so beautiful! I would love to make one of these for Easter!
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  21. Those are colorful decorations for Easter holiday! I am sure that a lot of kids would enjoy doing the small project.

  22. Seriously?? That is the cutest homemade decoration!! I am not crafty at all but this is something I could make!

  23. AWWW! That turned out looking so cute!! This is such a great idea for an Easter decoration.
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  24. Wow love this! I’ve never seen these before or made them they look super cute and fun though! Such a cool project!

  25. What a cute Easter centerpiece idea! I would be much to tempted to eat those Skittles though!
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  26. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    That is a really cute idea. I love it. I love how cute it came out :)

  27. That is adorable! I love all the bright color. Now I just have to figure out how to get the hot glue off of the Skittles after Easter’s over. 😉
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  28. So cute! A great project for the kids to help with color sorting!
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  29. This looks beautiful! I love the flowers on it..such a nice touch #client
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  30. I’ve made many topiary’s but never thought to use candy. I love yours!
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  31. I love the bright colors. It’s so perfect for spring.
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  32. HI Jennifer, This is one of my very favorite link parties. I really enjoy your site and the other hostesses as well. This looks like such a fun craft for Easter.
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  33. Looks amazing Jennifer but I know I would end up eating more Skittles than ended up on it :) Thanks for sharing I love visiting your blog.
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