Christmas always inspires us to create festive treats, create delectable concoctions and indulge in them without guilt. Some of the ideas discussed here are edible. Others make "sweet" keepsakes for loved ones. These delightful crafts are both great fun to make and a perfect excuse to gather the family near to make them together.
Every Christmas, peppermint sales soar. This cheerful round, red and white mint fills clear glass jars and bowls for their color (and, of course, taste). Remove the wrapping from six to eight of these round peppermints. Place them in a circle, edges touching, on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper. Put them in a 350-degree oven just until they fuse together. While they're cooling, prick a hole through one of the mints so you can thread a thin ribbon through it later. These make great ornaments.
Candy canes can be used in a variety of ways at Christmas. You can make a fabulous centerpiece using a pillar candle the same height as your candy canes, hot glue and ribbon. Hot glue candy canes so that they are touching around the candle. Wrap with a large red ribbon and place on a small charger for the perfect centerpiece.
If hanging candy canes from the Christmas tree bore you, consider hot gluing them together to form a heart. Hang them from a ribbon tied between the canes' two arches. Another idea is to create a bouquet of candy canes tied together with ribbon, and the candy canes double as gifts straight from the tree.
You can create an edible tree with chocolate peppermints that have green stripes. Cover a Styrofoam tree (shaped as a cone and found in most craft stores and even dollar stores) in two-sided tape. Starting at the bottom of the tree, place the mints, still in their wrappers, around the base on their rounded edges. Occasionally insert a small jaw breaker to act as an ornament and for festive color. Continue this on the next levels until you've reached the tree top. You can add a gold-wrapped Werther's Original candy at the top for the star.