Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all. ~Stanley Horowitz
This colorful maple tree picture taken by EventTrender Sue Keels was the inspiration behind this festive fall favor idea.
Creating chocolate maple leave favors are very easy and the perfect take-away favor for the Thanksgiving holiday season. Hanging the maple leaves on a branch using mini clothes pins enhances the presentation and adds elevation to your Autunm tabletop or dessert table.
Start by making the tree to hold the maple leaves. Pick a large branch from outdoors and a planter pot (without a hole at the bottom). Purchase art plaster at your local craft store. Pour plaster (follow directions on the box) and place the branch in the middle of the planter. You will need to hold the branch until the plaster starts to harden.
ET TIP: After the plaster is hard add river rocks to cover the plaster for a natural look and feel.
Spread glue over the entire birdhouse and sprinkle Martha's tinsel glitter all over the house. Martha's tinsel glitter is the best ever! It has tons of luster and glam! Perfect to use for all types of projects this holiday season.
This is going to look so great on the tree!
Now it's time to make the maple leaves...
When melting the chocolate discs use milk (brown), orange and yellow discs. Melt small portions of chocolate at a time and use less brown than yellow and orange discs. After melting, mix very lightly making sure the colors do not blend. Make a few smaller batches instead of one large batch so the colors do not blend together.
Example: One small handful of yellow, one small handful of orange and one half handful of brown.
Spoon the melted chocolate in the maple leaf candy molds (purchased at a local candy making store). Tap the mold lightly to spread chocolate evenly.
ET TIP: add a couple drops of maple candy flavoring after the chocolate is melted and mix lightly.
Once the maple leaves are chilled completley place each chocolate leaf in a cellophane bag and wrap with a rich brown ribbon.
Place maple leaf bags on the tree branch securing with a small clothes pin (purchased at your local craft store). Add the fall-glam birdhouse. Your guests will love picking the maple leaves off the tree and savoring the maple & chocolate flavors!
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