Christmas Candy Ornaments

 These Christmas Candy Ornaments are a surprisingly easy diy craft idea.  Perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree or giving as gifts!

These Christmas Candy Ornaments are a surprisingly easy diy craft idea. Perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree or giving as gifts!

For an easy holiday project that’s fun for young and old alike, make these beautiful ornaments from cut rock candy. The festive designs inside the slices of these classic hard candies create beautiful, edible art.

Metal cookie cutters, tart pans, and mini cake pans are used to melt the candies. Children will love arranging (and re-arranging) the candies into perfect colour combinations, but an adult will need to remove the hot pans from the oven. Holes can be made in the ornaments while the candy is still warm, or rings of candy can be hung with a ribbon.

As the size of your moulds will vary, so will the number of candies required for each ornament. Plan on an average of 12 candies per ornament, but buy a little extra; some of the cut rock candies in the bag may be broken or unsuitable (too thin or too thick) and you will not want to run out!

With time the ornaments may get a little sticky. To avoid this, many cake supply stores carry “Confectioner’s Glaze”, edible shellac that’s used commercially on many different types of candy. Brush it on, allow it to dry, and you may be able to carefully save your masterpieces – enclosed in plastic and stored in a cool, dry location – for next year!

 These Christmas Candy Ornaments are a surprisingly easy diy craft idea. Perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree or giving as gifts!

Christmas Candy Ornaments

 

Materials:

Hard rock cut candy  (or the Bulk Barn)
Cookie cutters or mini pans
Parchment
Baking sheets
Toothpicks
Ribbon or Ornament hangers
 

Instructions:

Sort through your candy and remove pieces that are too thin or thick. Try to keep the thickness of the pieces roughly equal.

Heat oven to 300 F.

Lightly grease the inside of each cookie cutter or mini pan. These will be your moulds.

Place moulds on parchment covered baking sheets.

 These Christmas Candy Ornaments are a surprisingly easy diy craft idea. Perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree or giving as gifts!

Place the candies (flat side down) inside the moulds. For rings or wreaths, only place the candies around the outer edge. For solid ornaments, fill the pans. Leave as little empty space as possible.

Place 1 baking sheet in the oven at a time. Begin checking after 5 minutes. Remove from oven when the candies are melted together and smooth on the top.

These Christmas Candy Ornaments are a surprisingly easy diy craft idea. Perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree or giving as gifts!

Set the sheet on a cooling rack and allow the ornaments to cool for 2 minutes. Carefully slide the parchment with the warm ornaments onto the rack. If you plan to put holes in the candy ornaments, poke a toothpick in each one, wherever you want the hole. Push the toothpick through the parchment a little and rotate gently to enlarge the hole. If the candy is still too warm the hole will fill back up; wait for a minute and try again.

Once the hole remains open, remove the toothpick and let the ornaments cool completely before handling.

Once cool, add ribbon or an ornament hanger.

 These Christmas Candy Ornaments are a surprisingly easy diy craft idea. Perfect for hanging on your Christmas tree or giving as gifts!

Tutorial created for Frugal Mom Eh by Lorinda M.

37 thoughts on “Christmas Candy Ornaments

  1. This would be so much fun to do with my grandchildren. We decorate a new set of ornaments each year. I’ll have to remember these for next year.

  2. I just found this pattern, but I can’t find the candy. Is there a website that I can buy it from?? I just love it, and it is so different from anything I have seen. LOVE IT!!!

    1. I was wondering the same thing– I think I will try some spray shellac this year and see how it works (I don’t care to keep them edible– just want to keep them from getting sticky and attracting pet hair and tree needles…).

  3. This is such a great idea. I am going to do some to hang on my tree and also to gift to my friend for hers. Thanks for sharing…brilliant.!

  4. These are beautiful. It didn’t work well when we tried it, though. Do you have any tips for keeping the candy from running out from under the edge of the cookie cutter and, more importantly, getting the ornament OUT of the cookie cutter once it is melted?

    1. I didn’t have a problem with mine running out under the edge, but I used new cutters so they were level with the bottom of the pan. The trick to getting the ornament out, aside from using parchment paper and greasing the cutters well is to carefully stretch out the cutters once the candy has cooled completely. They should then pop out.

  5. I just tried making these – they turned out so pretty! I used a mason jar ring as the mould and sprayed it well with oil. The ornament didn’t get stuck at all. Thanks for posting this idea!

  6. I tried this cute idea, but they didn’t turn vibrant colors. instead they just melted together and had a whiteish color to them. also used a round cookie cutter to make the wreath but it just melted and covered up the center as well. any ideas what I did wrong?

    1. The wreath was actually made using the mini cake pan you can see in the photos of the prep work. Not sure about the colour. Could be the quality of the candy you chose?

      1. thanks. bought dollor store candy. also the one I did make is awfully sticky and sticks to the hands when handled. might be the same story of using an off brand candy.

        1. Yeah they can be a bit sticky but not that much, if you redo with better quality candy you can brush them over with confectioners glaze to seal them and that will eliminate any stickyness.

  7. My friend, her daughters and I made these today for an upcoming craft sale. We too had issues popping the shapes out of the cookie cutters even though we greased the cutters. We did manage to get about 20 gorgeous ornaments out of our hard work though!

    We found the candy at Bulk Barn but were unable to find confectioner’s glaze there or at Michael’s.

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