Crafts Using Peppermints
Round, plastic-wrapped peppermint candies are a holiday staple in many houses, but they're not just a tasty treat. Whether wrapped or unwrapped, these candies can be the basis for many attractive holiday decorations. Spend an afternoon making them with your children or treat yourself to a relaxing craft session; either way you'll have decorations for your home and gifts to give to loved ones.
Holiday Picture Frame
Set off your new picture with Santa and the kids by creating a holiday picture frame. Purchase a plain frame at the dollar store or allow the children to create a frame from craft sticks. Glue unwrapped, round peppermints around the frame to decorate it. Spray the frame and peppermints with clear acrylic to seal it, so insects won't get into the candy. Insert a holiday picture.
Christmas Tree Ornament
Unwrap five peppermint candies and place them in a circle with the edges touching. Use craft glue to stick the candies together into a wreath shape. Add red hot candies on top of the peppermints as small ornaments. Glue a loop of gold cording to the top of the wreath so that you can hang it on the tree.
Cover a Styrofoam cone with vertical strips of double-sided tape. Stick rows of wrapped, green peppermint candies to the cone to simulate a Christmas tree. Stick a wrapped gumball or jawbreaker to the tree in random spots to be the ornaments. Cut out a star from yellow paper, tape it to a lemon lollipop and stick the lollipop stick into the top of the cone to create the star on top of the tree.
Candy Cane Vase
Wrap double-sided tape around a straight-sided glass. Stick peppermint candy canes all around the glass with their hooks all facing outward. Wrap the entire collection with raffia or Christmas ribbon and bows. Use this vase for cut or artificial flowers, or fill the glass with holiday hard candy.