We sat it on the table with all of his campaign information. We filled it with candy and as candy was taken from the dispenser's mouth it was immediately replaced. Once it was completely empty we would refill it, which was was only once after initially setting it up each day. It lasted a long time and it held a variety of candies. Since Halloween is coming up this may be very useful for the office or classroom. When you have guest/visitors stop by your the room/office/home they can simply serve themselves. Since the dish itself is a tube you can place it in any small area, even against the wall, on the floor or a table (we leaned it against the wall behind the campaign table). You can decorate it to match your office/room or for Halloween.
A large variety of candy!
Start off by measuring up a couple of inches from one end of the tube. We did about 4.5 inches. There were no exact measurements as we made it up as we went along. But you do want to start this slit up high enough because you will have another one about 2 inches below it to make the mouth.
|That's my honey sawing.|
You see in these pictures that my husband made another slit above the mouth. I did not tell you how to do that because it turned out to be unecessary. Just like a man he was going to leave it like that. But I could not have that, not on my watch. So at that point where I come in to finish out the project and beautify it I actually closed the opening, as you will see if later picture.
Now take a keyhole saw or some small straight hand saw. I am not sure but staring at this picture this may even be a sharp butter knife with little teeth (I know crazy, but yes our butter knifes have little teeth that actually cut). shhhhhh, I can't say for sure but that is certainly what it looks like to me. LOL Anyway, at the end of the first slit cut all the way down to the second slit; that will create the side for you mouth. Repeat on the other side. Clear as mud right, thank goodness for pictures.
At this point you should have something that looks like this.
|Don't worry, we're just staring, it'll look great|
in the end product.
|Ricola! LOL, just a bit of fun.|
The next thing I wanted to do was make it presentable to general audiences. So I went to my scrapbook stash and found this really cute paper.
|I also grabbed my Snail Adhesive, my favorite when scrapbooking!|
The paper is the size of regular printer paper. I used the long side of the paper going down the tube, wrapping the short side around the tube. To my disappointment it left a small gap in the back. (Yes you can be smarter than me and measure the circumference and all that jazz.) Considering this was going to be leaning against the wall and the mouth is on the front side I didn't worry about the gap in the back. If it causes your OCD to kick in by all means measure the width of the gap, cut out strips of scrapbook paper and glue them into that space. OR you could use 12x12 scrapbook paper, and cute off any excess.
The last touch is find a coordinating or contrasting ribbon to match you paper. Cut off a piece of ribbon that will wrap around the tube, overlapping by one or two inches. Cut a small piece of ribbon one or two inches, it really depends on how big you want your bow. I did ours about 2 inches. Wrap this short string around your longer string, tie a knot, and finish with a bow. (That's the cheaters way of make a bow for whatever your project is, leaving you with a great bow.) Now you can glue you ribbon to you tube, I placed this one about 9 or so inches (again, no direct measurements, just where it aesthetically looks good to you). Because you cut a little more than the size of the tube you should be able to overlap the ends with some added glue to close the ribbon circle.
|Yumm yum yum yumm yummmmmm!|