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    Question peppermint christmas ornament directions needed

    my grandaughter told me of a craft where you take peppermint candies and melt them in the over to make decorations. she can not remember the details of the directions. has anyone heard of this?

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    Here's one

    Candy Glass

    Edible ornaments from FamilyFun
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    Baking these ornaments is a job for parents, but let the kids unwrap the candies.

    MATERIALS
    Holiday cookie cutters
    Hard candies and sprinkles (optional)
    10-inch length of ribbon

    For a mold, wrap the bottom and sides of a cookie cutter with foil. Set on a baking sheet and coat with cooking spray. Fill each cookie cutter with a single layer of candies. Bake in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes, or until melted. Add sprinkles, cool for 2 minutes, then use a chopstick to poke a hole near the top for hanging. Once cool, remove from the mold and hang with a ribbon.



    TESTER'S TIP: Jolly Rancher candies work best, since they produce the brightest color.

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    How to make peppermint candy ornaments

    Hard peppermint candies can be formed into interesting ornaments for Christmas trees. Here's how to turn these treats into decorative wreath ornaments.

    For an interesting Christmas ornament, try creating wreaths from those hard peppermint candies sitting in your holiday candy dish. Except for some low-temperature baking, creating these ornaments is a good child-safe project to do on rainy afternoons.

    Here's what you'll need in order to make wreath-shaped Christmas ornaments from hard peppermint candies:

    A bag of hard peppermint candies (think Starlite Mints, not soft sugar-based varieties), unwrapped.

    An ungreased aluminum baking sheet or cookie pan.

    An oven capable of maintaining 250 degrees. Preferably, the oven should have an internal light and a clear glass front for easy viewing.

    A supply of twine or ribbon.

    1. Preheat the oven to 250 degrees. Make sure it is set on Bake, not Broil.

    2. For an average-sized round wreath, use at least 7 unwrapped peppermint candies. Arrange these mints in a circle on an ungreased aluminum baking sheet or cookie pan. Make sure all of the candies continue to touch each other throughout handling. Place as many circular wreaths as possible on the pan without crowding.


    3. Once all of the candies have been arranged in circles, CAREFULLY place the aluminum baking sheet onto the middle rack of the heated oven. If so equipped, turn on the internal light and watch the candies through the glass window. The candy should begin to melt slightly within 5 minutes. Those without glass windows should set a timer for five minutes and check the oven periodically.


    4. Once the candies have melted slightly and have appeared to merge together, open the oven door and carefully remove the aluminum baking sheet. Place this sheet on a safe, flat surface suitable for cooling. Do NOT touch the candies until they have had several minutes to cool. Not only could this cause some minor burns, it may cause the wreaths to fall apart. The candies must be given enough time to adhere fully.


    5. The cooled candy wreaths can be lifted off the aluminum sheet and placed on wax paper. To finish off the ornament, attach a length of ribbon or twine through the wreath and hang the finished product on the Christmas tree. Although nothing toxic has been added to the candies, they may pick up some contaminants from the tree itself or from exposure to the air. Children should be discouraged from eating the ornaments after they have been used on the tree.


    For variation, try making other shapes using the same type of peppermint candies. The individual candies need to touch at least one other mint for stability's sake, but squares and stars could also be formed. Other hard candies such as butterscotch disks or blue mints could also be used in place of the Starlite-styled candies. Lollipops could also be removed from their sticks for even more variety. The trick is to melt the candies slowly, and only to the point of a slight stickiness. Candies with a chocolate or powdered sugar base will not survive this process, so avoid too much youthful experimentation.


    Children may enjoy the feeling of an assembly line, so parents may want to assign each child a specific task (unwrap mints, arrange the wreaths, prepare the ribbons, etc.). These peppermint wreaths also make good fund-raisers for church or school holiday bazaars.

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    Peppermint Tree

    Source: Family Fun
    http://jas.familyfun.go.com/arts-and-crafts?page=CraftDisplay&craftid=10144

    With green mint boughs and sour ball lights, this tabletop tree is a treat for kids to decorate -- and for holiday guests, who can harvest goodies from its branches.

    CRAFT MATERIALS:
    Double-sided foam tape
    9- by 4-inch Styrofoam cones (sold in most craft stores)
    Three 10-ounce bags of individually wrapped green striped mints
    Small bag of individually wrapped multicolored sour balls or jawbreakers
    Yellow paper
    Yellow lollipop
    Decorative candle stand

    Time needed: Under 1 Hour
    1. Apply strips of double-sided foam tape to the Styrofoam cone, as shown at left, until virtually the entire surface is covered.

    2. Now your child can attach the wrapped mints to the exposed tape, starting with one row around the bottom and working his way up. For the best coverage and color, he should stick each mint to the tree by the rounded edge rather than with the flat surface facing out. Encourage him to mix in a few multicolored sour ball or jawbreaker lights as he goes.

    3. For a tree topper, cut a star out of the yellow paper, tape the lollipop to it, and then push the lollipop stick straight down into the cone. Finally, set the tree on the decorative candle stand.

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    These look easy! LOL

    Easy Christmas craft: hard candy wreath

    Looking for a fun Christmas craft that's a great gift? Check out these instructions for a simple, festive, and edible decoration--the Christmas hard candy wreath.


    hA very simple, yet eye-catching Christmas craft is the hard candy wreath. Give it to friends as a gift around the holidays, or hang one on your door or office cubicle. Because it encourages people to take a piece (or two!) of candy, it's always a conversation piece and a nice way to add some holiday cheer. Kids especially love this decoration!


    What you'll need:

    * lots of plastic wrapped hard candies (either a multi-colored assortment, of the festive, red and white peppermint striped)


    * sharp scissors for cutting and curling ribbon

    * lots of colored curling ribbon (again, depending on your candy choice, choose complimentary colors)

    * wire coat hanger, or wreath form

    * one large bow for top of wreath

    * spare "kids" scissors to attach to wreath


    What you do:

    * If using a wire coat hanger, you'll need to cut it and form it into a circle, depending upon the size wreath you wish to make. Of course, the bigger the ring, the more candy you'll need--you want the wreath to be FULL of candy!

    * Next, cut a number of pieces of ribbon into 12" strips.

    * Then take one piece of ribbon and make a loop around the ring, the way you would to tie a bow. Before you tighten it, insert the plastic wrapper of the candy and then pull it tight and tie a knot. Take the sharp scissors and curl the ends of the ribbon tight to the ring.

    * Keep in mind as you go along, that you want to completely hide the ring, so getting the candy snugly against the wire is very important.

    * Continue this all the way around the ring, overlapping some of the pieces to make the wreath fuller. Leaving some of the ribbon curls a bit longer than the other adds a nice effect as well.

    * When all the candy is in place, attach the bow to the top of the wreath.

    * Finally, cut one piece of curling ribbon approximately 6" longer than the length of your wreath. Tie one end to one of the scissors' handles, and the other to the top of the wreath at the back. The scissors should hang down below the wreath, thereby welcoming visitors to snip off the treats!

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    Candy Wreath
    Source: Familycrafts.about.com

    Make a wreath using hard, wrapped candies, ribbon, and a hanger! A fun decoration that you can eat.

    Materials Needed:
    Wire Hanger
    About 35 Wrapped Candies
    Curling Ribbon

    Instructions:
    Straighten the hanger and then cut it in half using wire cutters (only 1 half will be used). Bend one of the pieces of hanger into a circle shape. Twist one end around the other to secure, leaving about 3-inches of one of the ends free. Bend that end over to form a small circle or hook for hanging. Use a pair of pliers if necessary. If needed you can also use some duct tape to help secure the ends together.

    Once you have the wreath base made, you can add the candy! You can use any kind of wrapped candy you like, anything from traditional peppermint rounds to suckers. About 35 of them will fill your hanger nicely, but this number can vary quite a bit from person to person because of how close they are tied together.

    Cut the curling ribbon into 8-inch pieces. Take 1 piece of candy and tie it to the center of a piece of ribbon. Then, use the ribbon to tie the candy tightly onto the wreath. You can either cut off the extra ribbon or leave it. The ends can be curled to add a nice touch to your wreath. Continue this process until you have the wreath as full of candy as you like.

    Hang your wreath and keep a pair of scissors nearby to share the candy with visitors!

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