Erika Wassall, the Jersey Farm Scribe here, with quick, cheap and easy Christmas ornament gifts. These would make fantastic gifts for teachers. I keep a few around in case I realize I forgot someone.
To me, Christmas is about children. So I’m not often a big spender for adults on the holidays. I often make the gifts I give them.
But making gifts can be tricky! Often times you end up spending MORE on the supplies than you would have on a small gift.
This tutorial will show you lovely Christmas ornament gifts you can make for LESS THAN $3 per person… TOTAL. And that’s if you give TWO ornaments to each person.
Plus, they’re beautiful, and unbelievably easy to make. This would be a great project with little ones, and could easily be done by a young teen on their own. The quick time it takes for it to come together makes for quick gratification even for those with little patience. And breaking anything into little pieces is ALWAYS fun.
How To Make Candy Cane Christmas Ornament Gifts
First… the materials:
A box of plastic Christmas balls. I got six medium ones at Joann Fabrics for $4.99. I found cute ones that were thin at the bottom and then round. But any kind would work nicely. I do suggest looking for a slightly smaller than regular Christmas balls, but that’s just my preference.
Two boxes of small candy canes. I got them from Walmart, boxes of 32 for $99 cents each.
That’s IT. That’s all you need.
So total investment… $7.
Put about 4 or 6 of the small candy canes aside for EACH ornament (this depends on what look you’re going for, more powder versus more chunks). Mine have about 5 each of chunks.
Take the REST of the candy canes and toss them in a food processor… blender… whatever. If you have neither, put them in a freezer bag, stomp on them, beat on them and roll them out with a roller. This won’t give you as fine a powder obviously, but it’ll accomplish the same thing.
Take the tops off the ornaments and pour the powder into each one. How much? Up to you. I filled about a third of the way.
TIP: If you don’t have a funnel (I don’t!) pour the powder onto a piece of paper and fold it up to make it easier to pour in the ornament.
Crush up the remaining candy canes that you set aside into chunks. Kids LOVE this part. Stomp on them (in a bag of course), break them, cut them up. Go at it!!! I suggest varying the sizes quite a bit, I think it gives a good look.
Then distribute them among your six ornaments.
Preheat the oven to 170. It’s okay that they’re just a thin cheap plastic. At that low temperature, they won’t melt. HOWEVER, as a extra precaution, I did put a cookie sheet covered in aluminum foil under them just in case!
In about ten or 15 minutes the candy canes will melt just enough that they won’t jostle around anymore. I wasn’t sure this would work, but it actually ended up absolutely PERFECT. Of course, if you like the idea of them jostling around, you can skip this step.
Let them cool. This is important. If you put the tops back on before they’re cooled off, the plastic will get cloudy and the internal moisture is hard to get rid of. Once they’re cool, they’ll be melted together enough that you don’t have to worry about them getting messed up, even if someone flips the gift upside down!
Pop the tops on your Christmas ornament gifts and you’re done!!!
I was SO happy with how these came out. I’ll be making a few batches and giving pairs of them as gifts.
What do you think of these Christmas ornament gifts? I’d love to hear if you’d going to give them a try!
I’m considering tying on some green ribbon or maybe even painting a snowflake on the outside. I’d love to hear your ideas of how to make these Christmas ornament gifts even more special. Look me up on Twitter at @NJFarmScribe or leave a comment below.