Tricky Treats

Our creative people take on the trend of the season


My husband and I were inspired by our vintage plastic pumpkin collection and classic candy corn when making these easy and fun candy garlands. To make our wrapped candy garland, we used bath tissue and paper towel rolls cut to the same size and decorated them with tissue paper, craft tape and clear gift wrap. For the candy corn garland, we used a fabric pennant banner and water colors. Both of these projects are very simple and inexpensive ways to bring a unique and creative feel to your holiday decor!


wrapped candy garland

Finally, something to put all those bath tissue and paper towel tubes to use!

• Cut bath tissue and paper towel rolls into 3in. sections.

• Using black and orange tissue paper, wrap half of the tubes in orange and half of the tubes in black. Secure the tissue paper with a piece of fun, patterned craft tape down the middle.

• Wrap each roll with clear gift wrap and tie the ends off with jute to create the wrapper.

• String them all together to create a fun candy garland. Candy Corn Garland

• Fabric banners can be purchased at many craft stores.

• Using yellow and orange water colors, paint and blend each pennant to resemble a piece of candy corn. Let them dry.

• String them all together to create candy corn garland.


Abbie, The Marshall Made Co. 

diy-candy-audreykuether-final1DIY candy making was much easier than I expected, and a lot of fun too! These delicious sweet and sour treats only require a few ingredients, and even better they’re “no bake.” Get the complete tutorial on my blog by typing “DIY candy” in the search bar.

Audrey, Oh So Lovely




img_8411These adorable pumpkin candy bowls are the perfect addition to your Halloween party! They only take a few supplies and about an hour of time. For this project you will need: orange candy melts, black candy melts, small balloons, a microwaveable bowl, wax or parchment paper, scissors, toothpicks or candy brush for decorating, and yummy treats to fill the finished bowls.


• Melt the orange candy melts in a microwaveable bowl.

• Blow up several balloons to about 3in. in diameter. Allow the candy melts to cool to touch (If it’s too warm, the balloons will pop when dipped. Trust me on this part, you will have a mess!) before dipping the bottom portion of the balloon in them.

• Set dipped balloons on a wax- or parchment- paper-covered cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet in the fridge for about 20 minutes to allow them to harden.

• Once hardened, cut the top of each balloon to remove them from the candy bowls. Melt a handful of the black candy melts and design a face for each of your candy bowls using a toothpick and/or a candy brush. Now it’s time to fill your pumpkin candy bowls!


If you want your house to smell like fall, start making a batch of these maple leaf candies. The ingredients are about as simple as it gets. Maple syrup. Vegetable oil. Butter. The tricky part is heating the maple syrup to just the right temperature, so it will harden into candy. Here’s how you do it.



• Pour four cups maple syrup into a pot. Butter the inside rim of the pot to keep the syrup from boiling over. Add a few drops of vegetable oil to the syrup. Boil the syrup until it reaches 244 degrees F to 246 degrees F. (A candy thermometer is your friend for this step.) Remove the pot from the heat and let it sit for two to three minutes.

• Then, stir the mixture with a wooden spoon continuously until it starts to thicken and lighten in color. (This will take about two minutes.) Immediately pour the syrup into molds. Work quickly because the syrup will start to harden. Let the candy set for about 10 minutes before popping them out of the molds.

• I used mini maple leaf molds for my candies. Because they’re basically pure maple syrup, these candies are super sugary. So, the tiny size is just the right amount of sweet. It’s almost like a maple sugar cube. (I might have even popped one into my morning coffee.) Be sure to show off your fancy maple leaf candies in a vintage candy dish!

Kirsten, Red Leaf Style