Lately, I’ve been trying to carve out some time to make these Melted Jolly Rancher Ornaments with the kids. I saw the idea in a craft book last fall, and I’ve been dying to experiment with it. Finally, last weekend, I had the supplies and the time to make my Jolly Rancher Ornament dream come true! The kids and I had so much fun seeing the different designs made from the candy. We were so impressed with the ornaments that we made two batches. I learned a lot about this craft idea, and I can’t wait to share the “how to” with you. Come on in and I’ll show you how to make Melted Jolly Rancher Ornaments – A Fun Christmas Craft
I’ll warn you ahead of time, this has definitely got to be a team craft. The kids can handle the first half and the end of the crafting, but because the candy has to get to a hot melting point…an adult should handle the baking and handling during that stage.
They’ll be excited and amazed when you present them with their cooled off ornament.
Here’s What You’ll Need for Melted Jolly Rancher Ornaments – A Fun Christmas Craft
- Jolly Ranchers – It would be a safe estimate to have around 10 per ornament
- Metal Christmas Ornaments – I found mine at Wal-Mart *The ornaments with plenty of space between the angles are easier to release the candy from
- Spray baking oil
- Parchment Paper lined baking sheet – A Silpat would work too
- A wooden skewer
- butter knife
- Twine to hang the ornament with
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees
- First – You’ll want to spray the inside and bottom of your ornaments
- Place the ornaments on the lined baking sheet and let the kids create away
- They will want to place the Jolly Ranchers standing up next to each other – completely filling in the ornaments (a little space between is fine)
- When they are finished, place the Jolly Rancher Ornaments into the oven
- Bake them for 10 minutes
- This is a picture of the ornaments after they’ve been in the oven for a few minutes
- They are beginning to melt
- Here they are after 10 minutes in the oven. The ornaments will be super hot, so be careful. You do not want to put your hands anywhere near the melted candy or ornaments. Using oven mitts – Place the baking sheet on a safe surface to cool off for a bit
- After about 8 minutes of cooling, the candy should be cooled off enough, but still pliable enough to carve out a hole with your skewer
- *If it’s too soon, the melted candy will fill right back into the hole – give it a couple more minutes and try again
- Just push the skewer into the melted candy and circle it around. When you lift it up, you should be able to see the parchment paper through the hole
- *At this point, our ornaments had cooled off enough to let my kids help with the hole punch. You’ll have to judge for yourself whether or not it’s safe enough for your kiddos to help with the hole punch.
- After about 11 minutes outside of the oven…They should now be luke-warm to touch
- If your ornament is only luke-warm like mine, You can probably lift them up and peel the excess candy from the outside. That is Connor peeling it the extra away as I hold the ornament in my hand. It was definitely cooled off enough at this point to let the kids jump back in.
- At about 15 minutes outside of the oven is the point where I took a butter knife and pushed it in between the outer edge of the candy and the inside edges of the ornament – going all of the way around
- The ornament released right away from the sides of the candy
- After that you should be able to push a piece of twine through the hole in the ornament and tie it into a knot to secure it
- The kids will be so excited to see their finished project hanging! I don’t guarantee they won’t steal a lick or two. Mine sure did!
- *I don’t think these will store well. You might just have to have this much fun year after year
~Melissa – Kid Friendly Things To Do