I had this whole plan for a beautiful and elegant Christmas wreath with oranges and pine cones, but my little son was pinning with me (yep, my 5-year-old loves his Pinterest time with Mommy) and happened to see a marshmallow wreath. It was all over after that. So, I did a few experiments to find out the best way to get marshmallows to stick onto a wreath, and I'd like to share the directions that I came up with for anyone who wants to make their own marshmallow wreath without two days of trial and error.
Before I get to the wreath, I just wanted to share a little Christmas fun with everyone out there. My family just loves this time of year in Germany. There are always great markets and fests to go to here, but Christmas is by far the best. I love visiting all the different markets for the shopping and to see how each is decorated. Each market has a different theme. Here where I live, it's the Twinkling Star Christmas market. We just went this weekend and my 2-year-old discovered the carousel. It was a great time.
Marshmallow Wreath Directions:
Wreath Form (14" for mine)
low heat hot glue gun
2 Bags of regular Marshmallows (stale)
1/2 bag of mini Marshmallows (stale)
White crepe paper or ribbon
1.5 yards of accent ribbon in your choice of color
1. Prep your marshmallows! Take all your marshmallows and spread them out on a few cookies sheets or some kind of rack for at least 2 days (periodically flip them around so all sides get exposed to the air). You want your marshmallows to get stale. Yep, stale. Fresh marshmallows don't stick well. I know that you want to do your wreath today, but if you put fresh marshmallow on a wreath, they tend to not stick as well as the stale ones. It can be done, but I can't guarantee that they wont keep falling off when you close and open your door. *depending on where you are it can take more or less time for marshmallows to get stale*
2. If your form is not white, wrap your wreath in white crepe paper or white ribbon so that the areas that show through aren't noticeable.
3. Using your hot glue (the low temp kind), you don't want your marshmallow to melt here. If they get too melty, they won't stick. If they melt a little, just hold them if place while they cool down. Place your regular marshmallows all over your wreath leaving uneven gaps and spaces. Don't pack them too tight or space them too far apart. You want to fill in the spaces with the mini marshmallows to get a nice random look. I used the whole two bags of normal marshmallows (minus a few that were sampled by the helpers) and about half the bag of minis.
4. Make a bow with your ribbon leaving two long tails. Glue bow to top of wreath. Use the rest of your ribbon to hang over the top of the door. Secure the end with a hook or tape on the opposite side.
That's it. A bit time consuming but really easy, and it smells great while your doing it :)