Turn small presents such as gift cards or jewelry into charming toy toboggans. Hot-glue two candy-cane runners under your wrapped box. For the reins, tape or glue one end of a 12-inch piece of ribbon underneath the gift, slide on a paper gift tag, and tape down the other end beneath the gift.
Dressed-up chocolate bars make thoughtful gifts. Wrap bars in paper, and download our templates to trace and cut out features and body parts. Adorn with ribbons, jingle bells, or candy canes.
No needles required for this easy-to-make garland. Mint candies are melted right onto the string! Preheat your oven to 275°F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Cut your desired length of baker's twine. Snake it around the baking sheet and place unwrapped candies on top with at least an inch of space between each one. Place in the oven, watch as it bakes, and remove just after the candies begin to flatten, about 5 to 9 minutes. Let cool 10 minutes before handling.
Kids ages 4 and up can turn candy necklaces into ornaments. Cut the necklace elastic, empty the beads into a bowl, bend chenille stems into simple shapes such as candy canes and wreaths, and let the kids thread the beads. Twist the ends to prevent beads from sliding off. For snowflakes or trees, twist short pieces together to create a frame.
Kids will love hanging these jolly gumball ornaments on the tree.
What You'll Need
1 regular white gumball, 2 large white gumballs, hot-glue gun and glue sticks, 1 orange sprinkle, 1 black spice drop (small gumdrop), small knife, 3/4-in. hand-cut or punched circle of black cardstock, permanent marker, 4-in. piece of baker's twine or yarn, fillable plastic ornament ($1.25; craftoutlet.com), 1 Tbs. white sprinkles, ribbon
Red lollipop "berries" brighten up these holly-leaf gift tags. Download our template, cut it out, and trace two leaf shapes onto green cardstock. Cut out with scissors and fold the leaves in half lengthwise. Punch a hole at the base end of each leaf and slip in a red lollipop or two.
Candy, a piece of cardboard, and a hot-glue gun are all you need to make this festive wreath.
What You'll Need
Heavy cardboard, pencil, scissors, craft knife, about 27 candy canes, hot-glue gun and glue sticks, 27 cinnamon candies (such as Red Hots), 10 to 12 peppermint-swirl candies, ribbon
Cardboard-letter cutouts covered in colorful spice-drop candies can hang from the tree or decorate a mantel.
Originally published in the December 2014 issue of Parents magazine.