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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Spread joy and a little sweetness this holiday season with DIY peppermint candy ornaments. This craft is a perfect way for parents and kids to spend time in the kitchen together, getting creative.

For this craft, adult supervision is required.

What You Need

  • Striped peppermint candies
  • Metal cookie cutters
  • Non-stick cooking spray
  • Parchment paper
  • Toothpick
  • Twine

What You Do

  1. With adult supervision, pre-heat the oven to 350F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  3. Spray the inside of each metal cookie cutter with non-stick cooking spray.
  4. Lay cookie cutters onto the parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Fill each cookie cutter with a layer of candies.
  5. With adult supervision, bake the creations for 3 – 9 minutes. Keep a careful eye on the candies; once the mints have melted, remove the baking sheet from the oven with potholders.
  6. Lightly coat a toothpick with cooking spray and use the toothpick to make a small hole in each ornament while the candies are still hot.
  7. Let the ornaments sit in the cookie cutters until the candies re-harden. Once the candy is hard and cooled, pull the cookie cutters apart slightly and pop out the ornament.
  8. Run twine through the small hole you made with the toothpick, and enjoy your homemade holiday ornament.

The YMCA of Austin encourages creative exploration, and that starts by engaging young minds throughout the year. This holiday season, we offer two weeks of holiday camps in Austin, Buda and Manor. Kids can build self-confidence, independence and creativity in a safe, supportive environment. Visit or call 512 322 9622 for more information.

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