candy umbrellas

Because life is always changing and therefore our needs change, I like to repurpose  things in our home.  The sideboard in my dining room was once used as a dresser in the master bedroom at our previous home.  Our old TV armoire now serves as a place to store our outdoor plates and serving pieces on our sunporch.

When you love something, it is hard to get rid of it.  Even candy!  That’s what I was thinking as I looked at the leftover Easter candy in the glass dishes around my house…what do I do with it now that Easter is behind us?

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

Well, I repurposed it into these adorable candy umbrellas!

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

Here’s how…

1.  Trace and cut a circle onto a piece of card stock.

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

2.  Fold the circle in half.

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

3.  Fold it in half again.

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

4.  Cut out one quarter of the circle.

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

5.  Then overlap the edges and wrap it around to make a cone shape.

Secure it together with glue dots.

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

6.  Fill it with the candy.

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

7.  Place an old fashioned candy stick in the middle.

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(I found it easier to balance mine by placing it in a glass as I filled it.)

8.  Wrap a square of white tulle around it and tie with a ribbon.

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

9.  Cut a handle out of card stock and attach it with glue dots.

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

There it is…a candy umbrella!  My youngest daughter was so excited to take one to her teacher.  Hopefully, she didn’t realize it was “repurposed” candy!

candy umbrellas | polka dots and picket fences

And look…the candy bowl is almost empty!

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