How to make DIY stained-glass Christmas ornaments from hard candy (1987)

DIY Christmas ornaments made from hard candy (1987)

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Christmas candy ornaments: Vintage stained-glass style holiday decorations made with hard candies

Do-it-yourself ornaments are festive and fun!


Any Christmas hard candies (simple shapes)
Aluminum foil tart tins or metal cookie cutters with foil bottoms
Butter or margarine
Gold string
Clear nail polish, optional


Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease tart tins or cookie cutters. Arrange hard candies in bottom of tins or cookie cutters on greased cookie sheet. Place in oven for about 5 minutes. Watch carefully and remove when candy appears melted.

While still hot, twist pin or nail into candy to form a hole large enough for the gold string (keep twisting until candy sets). Place tins in freezer for 5 minutes, or until hard.

Pop candy out of tins or cookie cutters. When cool, thread gold string through hole to make into a hanging ornament. If desired, to permanently preserve (and not eat), cover ornament on all sides with clear fingernail polish. Colorful Christmas candy ornaments are ready to enjoy on your tree.

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1. To make Christmas ornaments, begin by selecting your favorite hard candies with simple shapes.

2. Arrange candies in bottom of cookie cutter or on greased cookie sheet. Melt in oven for about 5 minutes.

3. While candy is hot, twist sturdy pin or nail into it to form a hole for the string. Harden in freezer for 5 minutes.

4. Pop candy out of candy cutters when cooled. (If ornament should break, melt again and start over.)

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