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DIY Skittles Wreath with Starburst Flowers

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Spring.

At this point in my life, it feels as real as unicorns and fairies. We are in the midst of what seems to be a Game-of-Thrones-style winter, with no end in sight. But despite the fact that the temperature right now is 21, with a real feel of -5 {seriously. Minus 5. Shoot me now.} and 30+ mph wind gusts that are blowing our patio furniture all over creation, it will actually be March in two days. So realistically, this awful weather has to end sometime, right?? {Just agree with me so I don’t have a nervous breakdown, ‘kay?}

So I said, “To heck with you, winter!” {there is a slight possibility that I used somewhat stronger language than that}, and I decided to show you how to make a springtime wreath today. 

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

And you know the best part?

It’s made entirely out of candy. Seriously. A springtime candy wreath. How much fun is that?

I was at Sam’s Club this past weekend stocking up on lunchbox snacks, and I stumbled upon this bad boy: the Skittles & Starburst 30 piece Variety Pack.
It looked so cheery and colorful and spring-y and fun, I couldn’t resist. However, due to my undying love for Skittles and Starburst, I thought it best that I didn’t eat away my winter misery. So I decided to make something fun with it instead.

This wreath is nothing if not fun.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

Check out those flowers. They’re made from Starbursts. Seriously. And they’re way, way, easier than you’d think.

But we’ll get to those in a minute. Let’s start with the wreath itself. I used a 12″ white wreath form that I got at Joann fabrics for about $4. I originally thought I was going to make a cool striped pattern with the Skittles, but when I opened up the bags and dumped them out, they looked like this:

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

They looked so fun and pretty and colorful that I decided to just slap them on there, all random-like. And I’m so glad I did, because I love how it turned out. I also loved that the multipack included several different flavors, so there were tons of colors!

To get started, just go ahead and start gluing! I recommend using hot glue, because it holds well and dries quickly. Because of the quick-drying, though, be sure to work in small sections. Also, because I am a crazy person, I made sure that all the “S”s were facing down, so you can just see the plain side of the candy.

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It helps if you stagger the candies a little bit so that there aren’t any big gaps, but don’t worry if you do have a few spots where you can see through to the wreath form. You can go back at the end and fill those in.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

Once you have your candies all glued on, go back and glue some more on top of any holes you may have. You want to leave one section flat, though, to make it easier to glue on the flowers. It won’t matter if there are holes there, because they’ll be covered up by the flowers.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shopYou can see in the above picture that my flat section is on the upper right-hand part of the circle. 

Now set that sucker aside and let’s get started on my favorite part: the flowers!

When I first came up with the idea of doing a wreath with the Skittles, I started trying to figure out how I could incorporate the Starbursts. I was sitting there thinking about trying to make a flower out of the Starburst wrapper, and then it hit me: why not try to make a flower out of the Starburst itself??

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop 

So I sat down and tried to figure out how to do it. And it actually turned out even better than I thought. {Also better than Dave and David thought, because they both said, “WHOA! You made that?!? That’s way better than I thought it was going to be.” Thanks for the vote of confidence, fellas.}

Again, these are seriously way easier than they look.

You’ll need some Starbursts {the yellow one is made from Pina Colada and Lemon flavors, the orange is from Mango Melon, and the red one is Cherry}, some kitchen scissors, a small piece of cardboard {I used a piece of a Diet Coke 12-pack}, hot glue, and a Skittle for the center. I also kept a little bowl of water and a paper towel handy, because your fingers can get a little sticky. For a three-layer flower, you’ll need a total of 8 Starbursts.

To start, cut about 1/8″ off of each side of 5 Starbursts. Set the smaller pieces aside for now; you’ll be using those to make the top layer of the flower.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

All you need to do is flatten the larger piece of the Starburst and shape it into an oval-ish shape. {If the candies are too hard, you can stick them in the microwave for 5 seconds to soften them up.} Don’t worry about making it look perfect — flower petals aren’t perfect, and I think these ones look better when they’re a little funky anyways.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

Next, pinch the bottom edge together. You just made one petal!

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

 Repeat this step for all five of your petals. Once you have five petals made, smoosh them all together in the center to form a flower. This is your bottom layer.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

For the middle layer, cut three Starbursts in half. {Bonus: you only need 5 of those pieces, so: snack time!}

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

Repeat the above steps to create five petals and again smoosh them together to form a flower. This is your middle layer.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

 

Place a small amount of hot glue in the center of your bottom layer and attach the middle layer you just made. Press down in the center to adhere the layers together.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

For the top layer, cut two Starbursts into quarters. {Snack time again, since you only need five quarters!} Repeat above steps to create petals. For this layer, it’s easiest to glue each petal down individually, since they’re so small.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

Press down the middle of the flower and glue on a Skittle for the center. That’s it!!

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

 

Flip the flower over and glue on a small cardboard circle to make the flower a little sturdier.

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

Repeat these steps with two different color Starbursts. I wanted the other two flowers to be slightly smaller, so I only used two layers on those.

Then, just glue the flowers on your wreath, stand back and admire your candy creation!!

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

 

I really could not have been happier with the way this turned out!

Make a spring wreath out of Skittles, with flowers made out of Starbursts. How awesome is this?? #CollectiveBias #shop

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  • Ida
    February 27, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    WOW! You are super creative. I would’ve never thought of this. I love it!

  • Tiffany
    February 27, 2014 at 7:24 pm

    whaaat. Those flowers, though… I’m soooo making those! I’m pinning this for Easter ideas! 😀 Thank you for sharing and I love your photos–they really help with understanding how to make the flowers (for the wreath) on my own.

  • Leslie
    February 27, 2014 at 7:41 pm

    How cute! I probably would’ve ate all the skittles though, I’m a fiend.

  • Candy Olivares @ Candypolooza
    February 27, 2014 at 11:52 pm

    I absolutely LOVE this!!! Way to think outside of the Skittles bag!! 🙂

  • Thien-Kim
    February 27, 2014 at 11:59 pm

    Awesome wreath! I could use a little spring cheer myself.

  • Jenna Wood
    February 28, 2014 at 12:14 am

    I would keep this up all year round, but I definitely would have to weather coat it to keep myself from eating it!

  • Heather {Brie Brie Blooms}
    February 28, 2014 at 6:02 am

    Those flowers are awesome! They would be a great embellishment for a kids candy necklace!

  • Sarah Fuller
    February 28, 2014 at 10:08 am

    Incredibly creative. Love it. So eyecatching.

  • Amy | Club Narwhal
    February 28, 2014 at 11:50 am

    Jenn, I totally laughed/sighed at how real that first paragraph was–this Polar Vortex of a winter seems infinite in the worst way possible! Luckily this wreath is here to cheer us all up 🙂

  • Kayla
    March 1, 2014 at 1:14 pm

    This is so creative! My jaw literally dropped when I saw the picture! I would love to make this, but I would need to buy double the needed amount- I would eat as I work ^.^

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  • Jo
    July 24, 2016 at 3:52 am

    Hi! I love this wreath 🙂
    I just wondered how long it lasted and if you got any discolouration? Thanks

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