I love Quality Street chocolates. They remind me of everything good. And I love the colourful wrappers they come in. I’ve wanted to make something out of them for years. This year at Christmas I made sure to save all the wrappers so I’d have lots to work with.
Quality Street also appeals to my environmentalist side. You can re-use the tins for anything you like. You can recycle the foil wrappers that go under the clear ones, and recently, the company started making the clear wrappers out of vegetable products, so you can actually COMPOST them. How cool is that?
So what am I making with these? I’m glad you asked. St. John’s is famous for its colourfully-painted and artfully crooked row houses. They’re often likened to a line of jelly beans, stacked on their ends — Jelly Bean Row.
If you watch any of those ever-popular tourism Newfoundland and Labrador commercials, you’ll see a few of them (though in real life they’re not quite so quaint — or clean).
So I thought I would make a few out of Quality Street wrappers, something to send people to paste in their windows, or to hang on their Christmas trees as ornaments, something that will catch the light and give them a taste of St. John’s at home.
The house construction is pretty simple. I used black construction paper, folded in half, as a frame. Then I cut out the frame using a craft knife and inserted and glued down the wrappers in the appropriate spaces. Then I cut out windows and doors from the black paper as well, making sure to glue them to both sides so the ornament is reversible.
The problem with this particular material is that the wrappers always want to go back to their wrinkled state, and the construction paper doesn’t do a lot to prevent it.
A heavier-grade card would probably work better in keeping the stuff rigid, but at the same time, it would be harder to manipulate. I wanted to make several of these hanging ornaments and create a sort of mobile for Doodle for her birthday, but the physics of it continued to defeat me — the ornaments were simply too light to be able to balance everything properly. And I had it all planned so the houses went up on a slant, too!
Alas. In any case, they are pretty enough placed in a window or on your tree.