Easter Topiary Tree

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Easter Topiary Tree
Total Time 2 to 3 hours Ages preschooler

Easter's pretty big at our house," admits Lana Harrison, a mother of three from Winnipeg, Canada. One way the Harrisons highlight the holiday is by creating this wonderful Easter topiary tree with a Styrofoam ball and colorful foil-wrapped chocolates. Talk about a visual treat!

What you'll need

  • 6-inch Styrofoam Ball
  • Foot-long Wooden Dowel
  • Glue
  • 6-inch Terra-Cotta Pot
  • Plaster
  • Easter Grass
  • 2 Layers of Tulle (1 purple, 1 yellow) or Acrylic Paint
  • Ribbons
  • Round Toothpicks
  • Round, Foil-Wrapped Chocolates
Helpful Tip:

"Well, actually, it's kind of a long process," Lana fesses up. "Because just as soon as they get all the chocolates on, they start eating them. And then they have to cover it all over again!"

How to make it

  1. Poke a 6-inch Styrofoam ball onto a foot-long wooden dowel and glue the ball in place.

  2. Fill a decorated 6-inch terra-cotta pot with plaster--first glue a piece of Styrofoam over the hole at the bottom--and push the dowel into the still-wet plaster. After the plaster sets, glue Easter grass on its surface.

  3. So the Styrofoam doesn't show through, cover the ball in 2 layers of tulle (1 purple, 1 yellow), which you can gather tightly around the dowel with ribbons (you could also just paint the ball with acrylic paint).

  4. Use round toothpicks to cover the ball with chocolates, poking one end into the chocolate and the other into the ball.

  5. ENJOY!

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