What to do with all that Easter candy? Make a craft!

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As responsible parents, John and I try to limit the amount of candy that the kids get during the holidays (mostly because I end up eating most of it!) This year, the kids wrote a letter to the easter bunny asking her for money for their MS readathon instead of so much candy, which was great, but, by the time we did an easter egg hunt at my brothers, then John’s sisters, plus the chocolates I made, we ended up with a basketful of sugar (I know, I know, there could be far worse problems… right?) Anyways, instead of eating it all, we decided to use some of it to make a craft.
So when the girl from across the street came over, we thought we would try making some jewelry. We started by digging up some jewelry findings, like pin backs, bobby pins, and barrettes.

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Then, we looked through our candies, and the girls picked out the prettiest ones.

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Then, the girls came up with designs they liked with the candies, then we glued the candies to the findings with a glue gun…

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Obviously, these need to be sealed, so I dug up the leftover epoxy I had left from making my “coffee coffee table” The epoxy is called Envirotex, and it comes in two bottles that you have to mix together. I used medicine cups to measure, to make sure the amounts were equal…yes, I actually measured! If you don’t get an even amount, you will end up with a gooey mess that will never set.

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I used a popsicle stick to stir for over a minute, scraping the sides of the container. Then we used paintbrushes to paint the candies. The girls liked doing this part, but we had to clean off their hands with nail polish remover, because it is oil based.

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Here are some of the pieces we made…

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I had some extra Envirotex left over so I mixed in a few coffee beans, and poured them on a frame. It turned out pretty well!

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And, Sam wore her barrette to school today…

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She did come home saying that none of the kids believed they were real candies… I took that as a compliment…too bad you can’t do this with chocolate.

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I’ll put this picture on Pinterest…

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