Hello and welcome to the coolest candy blog in the Twin Cities! We know it’s hot out there, and we know that inside projects are really great these days (unless you have a pool, then definitely go outside and pool). Anyway, since summer is here, we figured it’s a great time to bring back our Summer Crafty Candy series! Whether you’re trying to kill some summer vacation boredom, want to make someone a creative gift, are looking for something unique to sell at the lemonade stand/parents garage sale, or you’re trying to keep the kids occupied–we have some fun ideas! We keep things simple and try to use everyday supplies that are easy enough to find around the house. We also try to stick to projects that are easy to adopt, and customize, based on what you have available. Most of our projects are geared toward school aged kids–though, every now and then we do throw in a cute preschool idea, too. Here links to some other candy craft/recipe blogs we’ve written:
AND…if you’re looking for a great, big, collection of candy recipes, crafts, and so much more, check out our Pinterest page. We’re always adding new ideas and fun projects! (Sweet River Pinterest page is here.)
For today though, and to kick off our summer of 2017, crafty candy series…we’re going to redecorate an everyday, household object–the light switch plate. You can decorate them to brighten up a room, to sell as a cool craft (so you can maybe make a little summer money), or to gift to the candy-lovin’ person in your life…OR, you can decorate one just to kill a little boredom as you’re stuck at home with nothing to do. :)
Here’s What You Need:
–A light switch plate cover (You can use what’s already on the wall–or, if you need to buy a new one, they’re under 50 cents at Walmart, Home Depot, and Menards–cheap and simple is perfect for this project!)
–Candy with colorful wrappers (You can choose a whole bunch of random candies, stick to a color scheme, or just focus on your favorites. It’s up to you.)
–Mod Podge (School glue, mixed with a little water, would work too–though, it won’t dry completely clear like Mod Podge does.)
–Paintbrush (To apply your Mod Podge.)
–Scissors (To trim your wrappers.)
–Newspaper, wax paper, scrap paper, etc. (Just something to put under your light switch cover as you work, so you don’t mess up the table.)
Here’s What to Do:
Gather up some candy! We have a great selection of 10/1.00 candies if you would like a variety. (Or, you can use leftover parade treats, or the wrappers that you’d normally toss after a movie night.)
Find the rest of your supplies and get your work space ready.
If you still need your wrappers…now’s the time; get to munchin’! (We mighta had a little help with this part; he wasn’t complaining. :) )
Next up, decide where you want your first wrapper to go. With your paintbrush, cover the area in Mod Podge. Lay your wrapper down, and cover the wrapper in Mod Podge too.
If your wrapper rips a little, just go with it. (There doesn’t need to be perfection with this to have them turn out adorable. :) ) Or, if you have a lot of ‘extra’ stuff on your wrapper–don’t be afraid to trim it down until you have just what you need.
As you’re applying your wrappers–don’t forget to adhere any part that wraps around the switch plate a bit. Also, you don’t want too much overhang on the back. (You’ll probably notice that working with the wrappers while they’re still wet is really tricky–so, don’t be afraid to let it all dry, and then trim it up later.)
When your cover is totally covered in wrappers–go over it one more time with Mod Podge. It will look terrible when it’s wet, but, it will dry clear! After it dries, make sure all the parts are stuck down good and trim off any excess paper. When it’s time to put the plate on the wall, just poke out a small hole for each screw. (As you screw it into the wall, the hole will get bigger. Also, if you don’t like the color of the screws–you can always paint them, or color them with a Sharpie.)
And, that’s it! The more you do, the easier they get; and, the more you do, the better you’ll get at making them! If you do create one of these–let us know either in the comments here, over on our FB page, or on our Instagram account. We always love to hear from you!