Christmas Decorations Made From Candy

Beth Asaff
Christmas candy

Christmas can be a sweet time of year, and Christmas candies are a great way of embracing the holiday spirit. Rather than eating these sweet treats, use some of them for decorating your home. These fun crafts are sure to be a big hit with anyone who stops by.

Gumdrop Wreath

Hang this wreath on your front door, or over your fireplace mantel for a festive welcome and display.

Materials

  • Gum drop wreath
    12-inch foam wreath form
  • 2 bags of multi-color "spice drops"
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Matte spray fixative
  • 3-inch wide red ribbon

Instructions

  1. Squeeze a small dab of hot glue onto the bottom of a spice drop and press it tightly to the wreath form until it holds.
  2. Repeat with the other spice drops, keeping them as close together as possible on the form. Grab the candies at random as you work to get an even distribution of color over the wreath.
  3. Spray the finished wreath with a matte spray fixative to help your candies last the season.
  4. Cut a piece of 3-inch wide red ribbon to approximately 4-feet in length.
  5. Loop the ribbon through the center of the wreath and knot the other end.
  6. Hang the wreath by the ribbon.

Starlight Mint Tree

Make an entire forest of these trees by varying the heights of the cones used and the color of the mints. Consider alternating rows of red and green mints in one tree, or making a tree in a solid color.

Materials

  • Starlight mint Christmas tree
    Styrofoam cone
  • Starlight mints
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue sticks
  • Matte spray fixative

Instructions

  1. Unwrap the mints and discard the plastic wrappers.
  2. Begin at the bottom of the cone and glue the mints flat against the Styrofoam.
  3. Move up the cone in even rows until you reach the top.
  4. Glue a mint vertically to the top of the cone as a tree topper.
  5. Spray the cone with matte spray fixative to prevent the mints from becoming sticky.

Fondant Topiary

Fondant is the stiff sugar-based frosting used to make cake decorations. It can be molded and shaped in countless ways. Combined with a little food coloring, it can also make a fun topiary.

Materials

  • Fondant candy striped trees
    1 tub of readymade fondant, or a fondant recipe
  • Red food coloring
  • Green food coloring
  • Powdered sugar
  • Styrofoam cone

Instructions

  1. Divide the fondant into three sections, with one section being twice the size of the other two.
  2. Add red food coloring to one small section and knead the fondant until the color is evenly distributed.
  3. Add green food coloring to the other small section and knead to distribute the color.
  4. Divide the remaining white food coloring into two sections.
  5. Sprinkle some powdered sugar onto your work surface.
  6. Place a small amount of fondant in any color in the sugar and roll it back and forth on the table with your hands until it forms a long, thin snake or tube.
  7. Repeat with the other sections of fondant.
  8. Place a red tube of fondant next to a white tube. Twist the two colors together to form red and white stripes. Set aside.
  9. Repeat with the green and white fondant.
  10. Wrap the red and white striped fondant tube around the base of the cone. Pinch off the excess fondant and press the ends tightly together.
  11. Wrap the green and white striped fondant tube around the cone just above the red and white tube. Pinch off the excess and press the ends together.
  12. Repeat, alternating the red and white and green and white fondant coils until you reach the top of the cone. If desired, shape some remaining fondant into the shape of a star.
  13. You may also choose to make fondant topiaries that are just one color.

Ribbon Candy Frames

Long pieces of ribbon candy can be a lot prettier to look at than they are to eat. Use them to make some Christmas card or picture frames instead.

Materials

  • Ribbon candy picture frame
    Red and green striped ribbon candy
  • Hot glue gun
  • Christmas card or photo
  • Clear archival-quality tape

Instructions

  1. Set a card or photo down on a flat surface.
  2. Arrange the ribbon candy so it frames the card. The candy should just overlap the edges of the card. If needed, break the candy into smaller pieces and set several small pieces next to one another to get the right fit.
  3. Hot glue the candy into the shape of the frame.
  4. Set the finished frame down on the table with the back side facing up.
  5. Set the card or photo face down on top of the back of the frame.
  6. Tape the card to the back of the frame; most archival tape will peel off the card or photo without harming it, allowing you to save them if desired.
  7. Stand up the finished frame on a table for display.

Keeping Candy Decorations

Any candy decorations sprayed with fixative and stored in a cool, dry place will likely survive from one year to the next. Avoid keeping your candy decorations in storage areas that may be visited by rodents, such as garages, or in areas where the whether may get hot or humid.

Decorate Your Home

Create a living gingerbread house inside your home with lots of candy decorations. Even if you can't eat them, these decorations are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Christmas Decorations Made From Candy