Melted Peppermint Ornament

These Christmas tree ornaments, made with melted peppermints, are charming and sweet smelling.  They are quite easy to make!  Let the kids help, they love working with candy.  You can eat the finished ornament or spray it with a clear varnish and keep it for year after year of tree trimming.

You will need:

1.  Peppermints

2.  Non-stick spray

3.  Parchment paper

4.  All-metal cookie cutters

5.  Spray on gloss (optional)

6.  Ribbon or thread (for hanging up the ornament)

7.  Glue (for hanging up the ornament)

 Step 1.

Pre-heat your oven to 200 degrees.  Cover a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spray the inside of the cookie cutters with non-stick spray.  Be generous with the spray. 

Unwrap the mints and put them in the cookie cutters.  Put them close together, but there can be small spaces between them.

 Step 2.

Put the ornaments in the oven.  Bake them for 3-5 minutes.  It doesn't take long for the mints to melt, so check them frequently.

Let the ornaments cool.  Gently tap, tug, and push the mint shapes out of the cookie cutters.  You will probably break a few.

 Step 3. 

The mints are a slightly sticky.  You might want to spray them with a clear gloss.  Glue on ribbon loops and bows as desired.  Hang them on your tree!

Mint is so easily cultivated that in some places it is considered an invasive species.  There are over a dozen species of mint.  Peppermint is actually a hyrid of spearmint and wintermint.


Gilded Wreath

This shiny wreath is lovely hanging on a Christmas tree or equally lovely on a door or in a window.  Best of all, it is a quick, easy, and inexpensive craft.  Make this rustic ornament with a few twigs.  Then spray paint it silver or gold or leave it a natural color. 

What you need:

1.  Fifteen sticks, three inches long

Use colorful hard candies to make this stained glass Christmas ornament. Even if you don't want to hang them on the tree, they make a fun Christmas treat.

Shape and starch string to make this delicate heart ornament.