Craft your way to classic Candyland cuteness befitting birthdays, baby showers, and Christmas décor. This tutorial for a game board treat tower and easy buffet display are part three of a DIY party decorating series with easy projects and free printables. Using some or all of the ideas, you’ll be sure to delight the inner-child in all of your guests. Sweet!
These simple crafts all utilize the same teacher’s bulletin board banner strips in a licensed Candyland board-game pattern. I made two towers, wrapped six pots, covered two milk corrals and a bunch of food picks… and I still have many strips left over! All of this is from one package of super-cute and inexpensive banners that could not fit my theme more perfectly.
To cover food crates, all you need to do is measure the front width and cut a length off. Double a piece of tape onto itself to hold the cardstock in place during the party. Remove it to reuse later for another craft. One idea is to let the kiddos make thank you cards out of it.
Wrap a length of the banner to coordinate a plain metal bucket to your theme. Simply cut and tape the ends together.
These can be used to hold candy and prop up Gingerbread Peep Pops (see the Candyland Confections article here).
Make food picks by simply cutting the leftover banner end bits into colored squares.
Tape toothpicks or popsicle sticks behind them. These can also be used for place-cards if you like.
My treat towers begin with ordinary cupcake stands that are transformed into darling 3-D gaming creations.
To make your own, first find a commercially packaged stand in a matching color palette.
Cut the teacher’s border into two sections (so that they’re small enough to allow food to be placed once it’s completed).
I just followed the natural curve of the game path pattern.
Put the stand together as per the package instructions.
Hot glue the underside if you really want it to be super-sturdy.
Hot glue a strip to the outside rim of each level. Cut off the excess length.
If your ends don’t match up perfectly, just trim off the top edge to make them appear seamlessly adjoined.
These are what the towering creations look like when laden with sweet treats galore! (See my allergy-friendly Spicy Guacamole Shooters Recipe here.)
Check out the rest of my Candyland craft series: Gingerbread People Banner, Treat Gift Boxes, & Printables and Hard Candy Lanterns, Candy Ornaments, & Conversation Heart Garland as well as the final party post on Candyland Themed Party Décor Ideas.