I’ve used pieces of candy canes to spell words and create shapes before, but this idea is a little different, and I think the final result is really cute! I actually picked up some candy canes at the dollar store a couple of weeks ago that ended up being too gross to eat, so this was a great way to salvage my $2, and the girls loved watching them melt together!
- candy canes
- shortening or coconut oil
- aluminum foil or metal cookie cutters
Break your candy canes into 1/4-1/2″ pieces and set aside.
If you don’t have a metal cookie cutter, tear off a long piece of aluminum foil and fold it over again and again (as if you’re hemming it) until you have a strip that’s long and only about 1″ wide. This thickness gives the foil more structure so that you can create a shape. To make a perfect circle, wrap the foil strip around a bowl or glass and overlap the ends. Carefully slide the glass out to leave a circle behind.
If you’re using a metal cookie cutter, grease it to prevent the melted candy canes from getting stuck.
Fill the center of the mold or cookie cutter with broken candy canes, getting them as close together as possible (like a puzzle!).
Bake at 350 degrees F for 5-7 minutes. The candy cane pieces should melt together, but you can use your fingers to push the pieces to fill in any small gaps as well.
Remove from the oven and use a wooden skewer to create a hole for the ornament hanger.
Let the ornament harden, add a ribbon or hook and hang on the tree!
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