Today’s DIY project is sponsored by Studio Style.
I have a serious thing for peppermint candies this holiday season. Even though I’m not too fond of peppermint flavors, their red and white stripes are just irresistible! To kick off a few peppermint inspired crafts I have coming your way, DIY faux peppermint candies! That’s right, these guys are just as cute but you don’t have to worry about them getting sticky (or eaten) along the way. I crafted up these pretend candies and then embarked on not one, but four crafty ideas for them! Ch-check it out!
Here’s the cello bags I used to wrap up the candies (and a yummy gift, too!). Even if you don’t make this craft, I find the bags always come in handy around the holidays and Studio Style has a ton of them in all sizes and patterns! Check out the full selection here.
Wooden Discs (Mine were 1.5″)
Red and White Craft Paint
Peppermint Template (There’s a bunch on one sheet for mistakes or if you need a new one!)
Red Colored Pencil
Clear Cello Bags (I used the 2″ x 6″ size, each makes two “candy wrappers”)
Fishing Line or Jewelry Thread
Paint your wooden discs white. You may need to do two coats. Let dry between each coat. Print out your template on card stock. There’s two ways to do this. You can use the template as a stencil and paint red right over it or you can use my method. I chose to trace mine with a red colored pencil.
Then I painted it using the red lines as my guide. Either option works!
Now it’s time to make the wrapper. Snip of the bottom of the cello bags, above where they are sealed. Then cut through both layers of the bag, right down the middle back seam. This will give you two wrappers from each bag.
Place a peppermint candy on top of the wrapper, fold one side down and tape it directly on your wooden disc, then fold the other side and tape. Cut a piece of fishing line or thread and carefully tie it around each side of the wrapper. Knot it a few times and trim the ends. Then your candies are done! Now on to what to do with them…
I could probably write a week’s worth of posts on what to do with these little guys, but I’ll stick to four things for now. First, of course, a garland! Using the same clear tape, tape them along a piece of baker’s twine and hang.
These faux candies make great gift toppers and adornments. Bake up a batch of cookies or fudge and fill a bag, like these adorable striped ones. Attach a candy to a piece of ribbon or twine and tie around to secure. You can also stick them on the center of a bow or just by themselves atop a package!
Everyone can always use another ornament, right!? Tie a length of twine into a loop and adhere to the back of one of the faux candies for an easy peasy (but super adorable!) ornament. And saving my favorite for last… cupcake toppers! Tape them to lollipop sticks and use as toppers for cupcakes and other treats. You could also make a larger version as a cake topper!
All Photos by Studio DIY
And there you have it! Four ways to get you started. I could also see these on a wreath or as magnets, oh the possibilities! How would you use the faux peppermint candies!?