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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.

Gayla

Friday 28th of May 2021

Wonder if one could use some sort of ceramic or urethane sealer to keep for years without getting sticky. I love these that much!!!

Michele Pavitt

Sunday 15th of November 2020

Thank you for this idea. They look beautiful, but I have had many difficulties with the project. Can you provide assistance? When I tried making them with a mini-pan sprayed with oil, I still could not get the ornament out. I turned the pan upside down and tapped on the back. The ornament broke. I then tried the cookie cutter on parchment, but the candy seeps out since the cookie cutters are not perfectly flat. I also could not get the ornament out of the cutter. What kind of oil do you use? The hole-cutting process also did not work well. The candy sticks to the toothpick and creates strands that stick to the ornament. How do you avoid this? Thank you!

Elizabeth

Friday 20th of November 2020

Make sure you grease the insides of your cutter or pan really well and that when you fill them you are getting a pretty solid single layer of candy in so that when they melt it creates a thick enough layer that it can take being removed.

The candy will melt out a bit from the cookie cutters a bit but those pieces should be easy to break off without ruining the ornament.

When cutting the hole try dipping your toothpick in oil, that should prevent the candy sticking.

Christina

Saturday 17th of November 2018

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.

Suzanne

Saturday 27th of May 2017

Are these edible? I think it would be fun to add them to a cookie plate and give as gifts.

Elizabeth

Monday 29th of May 2017

Yes.

alfrida

Thursday 8th of December 2016

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?

Elizabeth

Thursday 8th of December 2016

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?