Tuesday, March 6, 2012
What Can You Do With Jelly Beans Besides Eat Them?
These days there are so many different kinds of jelly beans than the ones we grew up with. There are so many colors and flavors, but that doesn't change my opinion one little bit. My mom was the only person I knew who loved even the black licorice jelly beans. She would pick them all out of our Easter baskets and the bowl on the table and eat them. She was welcome to every jelly bean in the basket as far as I was concerned, didn't care what color it was. Ew, and then there were peeps. That's a whole new subject. Double ugh.
Anyway, I had some styrofoam balls in my craft stash and these cute little flower pots from the Dollar Tree. I think they are actually starter seed pots, but they are so cute. Those pots and styrofoam balls just kept looking at me, saying do something with me. After a little study, I came up with the idea to cover the balls in something "Easterish" because I am changing all my decorations over to a spring theme. We were at the grocery store and I was perusing all the Easter decorations and there were these sacks of really pretty jelly beans. Loved the colors.
First, I painted 3 of the little pots sort of a white wash and that was accomplished by watering down some white acrylic paint and lightly brushing it on the pots and letting them dry. Next, I cut two 4 inch styrofoam balls in half and shaved 3 of the halves down a little so they would fit inside the pots. I ran a bead of hot glue around the edge of the styrofoam next to the pot to hold it in place.
I had a quarter inch dowel rod that I cut in several pieces about 7 inches long. I pushed one into the center of each styrofoam ball in the pots and hot glued them to keep them steady. Then, I dabbed some green acrylic paint on the styrofoam and painted the stick green to look like a flower stem. I used a small foam brush to do this. (Only use acrylic paint on styrofoam. Any paint with solvents in it can disintegrate the styrofoam.)
Next, I painted 3 styrofoam balls with pink acrylic paint and let them dry. Center a ball on the top of each stem and gently push it onto the stem. Hot glue around the base of the ball where it meets the stem to keep it in place.
Now, the real fun begins. Dump all the jelly beans in a bowl so it is easy to see all the colors. Fire up your hot glue gun and go to work. (Be careful and don't burn yourself) I placed a row of the jelly beans around the center of the styrofoam ball north to south. Place a dab of hot glue on the bottom of each jelly bean and hold it in place until the glue dries. I started in the center top and worked down one side, then the other. If you don't like slightly tedious work, you are in trouble. lol
This is where I discovered the problem. Yup, a bit of a problem. These puppies are quite top heavy and don't want to stand up when jarred. So, here is what I did. I used some double sided tape on the bottom of the pots to hold them in place on the stands I am using. A better solution (and what I will do next time) is to use a slightly bigger pot and put some rocks under the styrofoam for some weight. Or, you can use a smaller styrofoam ball. It's up to you. It's not the end of the world, but I just didn't want them falling over every time we walked by the table they are sitting on. Should have thought of that, but who knew how heavy jelly beans would be? Duh
I had some green and yellow shred and stuffed it in the tops of the pots for a kind of "Dr. Seuss" grass effect. I LOVE the way it looks all crazy and sprouty. If you want a more finished look, you could place some moss over the styrofoam and fake leaves on the stems. I just like the more whimsical look. They are jelly beans after all.
Things to Remember:
No jelly beans were harmed in the making of this project. I used approximately 1 and 2/3 bags of jelly beans.