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LifeSavers Christmas Ornaments
By Holly C. Blackwell
Nov 14, 2004, 07:49

Candy cane ornament made from LifeSavers

This is an easy project to do with kids at Christmastime or anytime. It’s very inexpensive as well. This was found in the Holiday 2004 edition of Kraft Food & Family Magazine. You can find more information and ideas at www.kraftfoods.com.

 

Supplies:

LifeSavers

Ribbon or String

Foil or parchment paper

Straws

Spatula

Baking Sheet

Oven

 

Instructions:

 

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Cover baking sheet with parchment paper or foil.
  3. Cut a short piece from a plastic drinking straw (about 1” to 1 ˝”).
  4. Place LifeSavers in desired arrangement, making sure they are touching one another.
  5. Bake in oven for 3 to 6 minutes or until candies are melted.
  6. Remove from oven.
  7. Immediately make a hole about ˝” from top of ornament with drinking straw. Leave straw in ornament!
  8. Allow ornament to cool completely.
  9. Gently remove straw.
  10. Thread string, ribbon, yarn, etc. through hole so that ornament can be easily hung.

 

Tips:

 

  • Be very gentle with these ornaments. They are quite fragile, almost like glass.

 

  • Removing the straw proved to be the trickiest part for us. You may want to try greasing the straw slightly before placing it into the ornament. Also make sure that the straw goes all the way through. Ours had a habit of not actually making a hole.

 

  • Try a variety of ideas and colors. Different “flavor” packages of LifeSavers will allow for various colors.

 

  • Ideas to try for Christmas: Candy Canes with white and red alternating candies. Green candies for a Christmas Tree (one on top, 2 in the middle and 3 on the bottom). Green candies in a circle to create a wreath.

 

  • Non-Holiday ideas: Orange circle with one green candy on top makes a great orange or pumpkin. Solid color circle with a different color center is a flower. Add two additional green candies for a stem. Purple candies (three in a row, then two, then one) with a single green candy on top are a cute bunch of grapes. Candies lined in a squiggle manner are a cute worm or snake.

 
Grape ornament made from LifeSavers
Orange/Pumpkin ornament made from LifeSavers



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