After party s’mores are quickly becoming one of the hottest new trends in wedding planning. And why not? You can’t go wrong with marshmallows and chocolate. They go together like peanut butter and jelly, like Bonnie and Clyde, like you and your new partner. Gathering around a bonfire is a great way to unwind with your guests after the big day and—best of all— you get even more dessert.
Incorporating campfire fare into your design scheme, however, can be a bit of a challenge. After all, no one wants their wedding to look like a Boy Scout camping trip. And while there are some great DIY hacks out there that turn old dresser into gorgeous shabby chic “marshmallow bars,” not all of us have the time (or energy) to go around refinishing antique furniture. Fortunately, this super fun, super quirky mini-marshmallow topiary will help you add a bit of finesse to your post-wedding s’more roast.
- 16 oz. bag of mini marshmallows
- 12” Styrofoam cone
- Glue gun
- Tooth picks
- Card stock
Step 1: Glue a row of marshmallows to your Styrofoam base. Don’t leave the tip of your glue gun touching the marshmallow for too long or it will start to melt. Repeat this process row by row, building up from the base, until you’ve covered your entire Styrofoam cone. This will take you about an hour so I recommend playing a few episodes of your favorite wedding reality show in the background. (If you don’t want to buy a cone, you can also use a piece of oak tag rolled into a conical shape and secured with masking tape.)
Step 2: Cut 2 elongated flag or banner shapes out of card stock. Glue the smaller one into the center of the larger one to create a “frame.” Experiment with complementary colors and textures to find a combination that truly pops. Once you’re satisfied, you can write your names, your wedding date or “Just Married” onto the card stock using a permanent marker. You could also use colored pencils or glitter glue. And if you’re handwriting isn’t that great, it’s not a bad idea to run your cardstock through the printer first instead of writing by hand. Many programs (such as Microsoft Publisher) have templates for different shapes available so if you don’t trust your freehand drawing skills either, be sure to avail yourself of one of these.
Step 3: Insert two toothpicks into the top of your marshmallow topiary. You can wedge them directly into your Styrofoam base or stab them through a marshmallow first and then into your base. Then, once they’re secure, glue your paper banner to the toothpicks.
Step 4: (Optional) Your topiary will stand on its own but you can dress it up by adding a decorative stand. I used a little silver stand I inherited from my grandmother and it looked quite classy if I do say so myself (well, as classy as a marshmallow topiary can look).
Although these marshmallows won’t be edible (remember, they’ve been glued to a Styrofoam cone), they’ll surely give your guests something to talk about. And you can make the topiary well in advance of your wedding day; I made one for a party several months ago and it still looks great. Best of all, you can whip up this cute little topiary in under an hour for just a few dollars, so channel your inner Scout and give it a try.