Do you love the look of stained glass ornaments hanging on the tree? Learn how to make DIY Melted Candy Christmas Ornaments in this easy tutorial.
Unique, handmade Christmas ornaments are truly a special thing. Whether you receive one as a gift, or make it yourself, homemade ornaments are a symbol of the memories we create each year during the holidays.
Each year, I like to make a few new ornaments for our tree. I had seen some ideas for making items out of melted peppermints, so we decided to try doing the same thing with homemade Christmas ornaments.
We used a variety of different hard candies – peppermints, butterscotch and assorted translucent colors. My favorite melted candy Christmas ornaments are the ones made with the translucent colored hard candies. When you hang these ornaments on the tree right by a light, they almost light up like stained glass!
We made these DIY Christmas ornaments with melted candy for our tree when the girls were younger. The candy does get quite hot in the oven, so be aware of that if you have young children. Don’t leave them unsupervised with this Christmas craft.
DIY Melted Candy Christmas Tree Ornaments Tutorial
- Preheat your oven to 325 F. Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper. Spray your cookie cutters with oil, then lay them out on the pan. It's best to choose shapes that are on the simpler side. More complex shapes are more likely to break. Arrange your candy in the cookie cutters. I recommend doing only one type of candy per pan. The different types of candy we used melted at different rates.
- Place the pan in the oven for 3 minutes, then check every minute until the candies are melted together. You'll want to remove the pan as soon as all of the candies have melted together for the best looking ornaments. If you leave the candy in the oven for too long, the candy will bubble and the colors in the peppermint will run. After removing the pan from the oven, allow the candies to cool just slightly then use an oiled toothpick to create a hole at the top for the ribbon. Make sure it's big enough to thread a ribbon through.
- Once the ornaments are totally cool, thread a ribbon through each ornament, then add to your Christmas tree.