So I have been working tirelessly on this project for Baby L's birthday party coming up next week. I got the idea for a dum dum tree online and I told M Daddy about it. He says nonchalantly, "why don't you add minnie mouse ears to it?". Why didn't I think of that!? Maybe I need to use him for ideas more often ;)
Basically I reused a cheap planter, spray painted it black, hot-glued ribbon around the top and then put a matching gift bow on the front. Then I spray painted some styrofoam black and placed in planter. I bought styrofoam balls (1 large and 2 smaller ones) from a local craft store. I then cut the dum dum sticks in half and arranged them haphazardly (this still needs a little touching up because some foam is still showing but you get the idea). Then I took wooden skewers and attached the foam balls to the foam base to keep it sturdy.
Let me just tell you, I started off buying 3 bags of dum dums for this...I ended up going back to the store TWICE for 4 more bags. I think it's worth it though, I love it!
P.S.- I will be straightening up her ears too, I just noticed she's lopsided ;)