Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Candyland, part 2

The next station after Peanut Acres was the Licorice Forest. I used my trampoline and half of a gazebo for the station.

This Licorice Castle was made using vinyl fabric and a suede-type red fabric, which did not stick well to the vinyl. We had to re-glue it several times. I free-hand drew the castle, cut it out, and added the red tops, windows, and doors. The bats turned out really neat and were made using toilet paper rolls painted black, left over vinyl fabric stapled to the rolls for the wings, googly eyes, and white teeth.

I was pretty proud of these licorice sticks. I used pool noodles, sliced them down the sides, added wires to make them bendy, and taped them with black and red duct tape. I then taped them to the trampoline and made them bend lots of different ways to make them kid of crazy licorice sticks like those on the game board.

For the booth itself, I didn't do much decorating and just used a black sheet for the tablecloth. The activity was making candy bracelets. Using the bendy jewelry string, fruit loops, and colored Twizzlers that I had cut into small pieces. Of note, we used less than 1 box of cereal and only a package or two of Twizzlers. I bought lots more than that that we didn't end up using. I had Tricky Lady Licorice wear black and used a red chair sash for the waist sash, a black cowboy hat that I bent and hot glued and added little flumes to using wire and red duct tape, and a black cape I'd picked up cheap after halloween for the cape.

Snowflake Lake was on our back porch. We hung a blue sheet, added snowflakes and white gauzy curtains from Ikea. To the right, we covered our punching bag with a white sheet and draped green/snowy garland around it. Princess Frostine had the dress. We sewed on icicle foam to the waist and sleeves. We also hot glued several pink snowflakes to pins and pinned them on the dress and used one of the snowflakes for her necklace. I had picked up the white wig cheap after Halloween the previous year. The crown was more of the pink snowflakes hot glued to a tiara. There wasn't an activity for this station, but instead Princess Frostine was making snowcones for the kids.

Here's another shot of Snowflake Lake. We also had the donation castle at this station. In the background Is a brown, white and red striped castle that I made out of several different types of tubes (like oatmeal containers). I made a ramp so that when kids dropped in coins, the coins would roll down the ramp into the container. It was really neat!

Here's a shot of another part of the yard. I picked up the tree on clearance at Oriental Trading Company and added the candy cutouts. The gumdrop is part of Gumdrop Mountain and was made using paper mache. To make the gumdrops, I used upside down buckets, wrapped plastic around them, and did 2-3 layers of paper mache and then painted and sprinkled glitter.

Here's a picture of Gumdrop Mountain that we tacked to the trampoline.

And a side shot of the gumdrop area with a roller coaster for the kids to ride. There were signs at every area. The sign poles are mop handles wrapped with ribbon or painter's tape. I made the signs and taped them on.

I think my favorite decorated area was Chocolate Swamp. My artist friend drew the backdrop on cardboard and I painted it. I used black tablecloths for the chocolate waterfall. I made the ice cream bars using cardboard and fabric and taped them to lawn stakes to make them stand up. I used pink fabric to make the round pink pillow mints.

The Chocolate Swamp activity was to make little hot chocolate gift bags using hot chocolate, marshmellows, and ground peppermints. I had Gloppy wear brown and had made a hat by cutting a Dollar Store cowboy hat and adding long, sparkly brown tulle.

The final activity station was Lollipop Woods. The kids made flower lollipops. We used a striped sheet for the tablecloth. I made the big lollipops by cutting strips of foam and hot gluing them to bamboo skewers. The felt lollipops I made using a kit from Oriental Trading Company, and I made the tulle lollipop necklace in the same way the kit had me make the other lollipops. I found a striped shirt and made a skirt that easily slipped over her shorts. The skirt was tulle with a ribbon tie and I sewed several lollipops to it.

I didn't get a very good picture of the lollipops, but they turned out really neat. There were 2 kinds. The first, I used wrapping paper tubes, taped a balloon to the top, wrapped the balloon with cellophane wrap and tied with a ribbon. The second kind was my favorite, and I used tissue paper, twisted, and glued it together and topped with cellophane. I used dowels for the sticks. I found a tutorial online for it, but I don't remember where. I'm sure I could find it anyone is interested, just post a comment and I'll look into it for you!


Finally, I made this huge candy castle using 4 washer/dryer boxes and one large freezer box. Here is another of the signs that I made. I made my own signs since I couldn't find any anywhere. I'd be happy to share the signs. If anyone is interested, just comment and I'll post my jpg's of the signs for anyone to use.

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