Monday, December 3, 2018

Kids Week: Candy Themed Christmas Tree

Create a candy and sweet treat themed Christmas tree filled with handmade ornaments with these fun craft ideas! #candytree #themedtree #Christmastree #Christmastreeideas #diyornaments #candyornaments #christmasornaments

Welcome to Kids Week! You know I love a good themed week (who followed along with Pumpkin Week in October?!). Each day this week I will be bringing you simple and sweet Christmas project ideas that are perfect for kids, young and old. I'm kicking things off with this candy-themed Christmas tree I created for Oriental Trading because I think you are going to love this tree no matter your age!

Decorating a Christmas tree around a particular theme is something that I have enjoyed doing since I was a kid. My sister and I would come up with a new design for our tree each year using ornaments we made ourselves - one year we made salt dough stars and painted them gold, another year we melted hard candies to make "stained glass" sugar cookies and hung them from the tree, and another time we decorated our tree with garlands of popcorn and cranberries, apple ornaments, and red bows. Honestly, it was the best! Now I'm encouraging Stella and Hazel to carry on the tradition by making their own ornaments. Read on to see all the fun sweet treats they made to decorate this candy tree!



Create a candy and sweet treat themed Christmas tree filled with handmade ornaments with these fun craft ideas! #candytree #themedtree #Christmastree #Christmastreeideas #diyornaments #candyornaments #christmasornaments

Stella and Hazel's favorite contribution to the tree was decorating these sweet treat squishies with puffy paint and sprinkles to add to the tree. My kids are obsessed with squishies, the soft foam toys that feel so good to squeeze (like a stress ball, but better!).


Look how cute this "pop tart" turned out. They also made cupcakes and cookie squishies to decorate their tree.

Make squishie sweet treat Christmas ornaments! #squishie #squishies #squishiecraft

We also used glitter paint to decorate wood candy canes to hang from the tree...


... and filled clear ornaments with little candy figures and mini trees to make a Christmas scene. This would be a fun way to show off any of your child's favorite collectable toys like Shopkins, LOL dolls, Lego figures...you name it!

se clear ornaments to show off your favorite collectible toys like Shopkins, LOL dolls, or Lego figures! #clearornaments #shopkinsornament #kidsornament #diyornament

To finish it off, I made a straw and pom-pom garland in Candy Land colors. I still love making ornaments as much as I did when I was a kid!




Head to Oriental Trading's Fun365.com for all the details of our candy themed Christmas tree and a full list of supplies!
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