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How To Make Delicious Christmas Crafts With Kids

Updated on March 20, 2013
Edible craft set up
Edible craft set up | Source

Fun and Edible Crafts

The holidays give us the perfect opportunity to spend time together while enjoying a new tradition. Christmas crafts are a great activity for kids of all ages. They can be a life saver when the weather is cold and grey and cabin fever sets in and activities really get the holiday spirit flowing. Edible crafts are also a great way to keep the kids entertained and active during holiday parties.

There is only one thing that could make craft time even better, getting to eat them when you’re done!

These are a few Christmas crafts ideas that are fun, simple and delicious!

  • Sugar Cone Trees
  • Marshmallow Snowmen
  • Rice Crispy Ornaments

Sugar Cone Christmas Trees

Sugar cones are the perfect canvas for making delicious Christmas trees because of their shape and durability. They can usually withstand quite a bit of handling before they crumble so they are great for kids to work with.

The recipe for a perfect edible tree includes: one box of sugar cones, one batch of old fashioned decorating frosting and a variety of sweet decorations.

The old fashioned decorating frosting is a wonderful choice when decorating these trees because over time it will harden just enough to keep the candy ornaments in place.

Simply spread the frosting on the cone and get creative adding sprinkles and candies at will!

Gummy bears are the perfect size to put at the bottom of the tree for presents too.

Sugar Cone Christmas Trees and Rice Crispy Ornaments
Sugar Cone Christmas Trees and Rice Crispy Ornaments | Source

Old Fashioned Decorating Frosting Recipe

  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • ½ cup butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla
  • Food coloring (optional)

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl on low speed until thoroughly combined

*if you want color options, simply divide the frosting into smaller bowls and add food coloring

Marshmallow Snowmen

Large marshmallows just seem to beg to be turned into snowmen during Christmas time!

When there are pretzel sticks, candies and marshmallows sitting on the table, it is hard for anyone to resist making their own version of a jolly snowman.

A few marshmallow snowman tips are:

  • Use the pretzel sticks to attach the snowman’s layers as well as making arms
  • Use a small, unused paintbrush to coat the marshmallows with corn syrup or white old fashioned frosting, and sprinkle clear sprinkles or finely ground coconut to create a more realistic snowy look.
  • Flavored twizzlers or licorice can make a great scarf for your snowman
  • Writing icing works great for the eyes, nose, mouth and even eyebrows to give it character. Apply this icing while the snowman is lying on its back and give it time to dry. It will harden just enough to stay in place so it doesn’t run down and make frosty look like he’s melting.

Rice Crispy's Recipe

  • ½ cup butter
  • 16oz of marshmallows
  • 9 cups of rice cereal
  1. Melt the butter in a large pan
  2. Add marshmallows, stirring slowly until they are all melted
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the rice cereal
  4. Fold the cereal into the melted marshmallows until evenly coated
  5. Moisten your hands with water and roll the mixture into balls

Using water will keep the mixture from sticking to your hands while you’re working with it. When butter is used, there is a change of changing the flavor of the rice crispy’s.

Place them on waxed paper to cool and become firm enough to decorate

Rice Crispy Ornaments

Rice Crispy treats are a classic favorite every day of the year so it’s no surprise that they make the list of delicious holiday goodies.

The best thing about these treats is that they are both mouthwatering and easy to shape into many different designs. The ornament ball shape was chosen here because they can be made and shaped ahead of time. This makes it extremely easy and fun for little hands to decorate and devour the bite sized treats!

A few suggestions and tips for decorating the ornament balls are:

  • Mini candy canes are a great addition to the ornaments to use as the hanging hook
  • Writing icing is wonderful way to add detail or write your name
  • The old fashioned frosting can be used as an edible adhesive for gum drops, mini chips, sprinkles or any other candies that would make your ornament sparkle.

Marshmallow Snowmen, Sugar Cone Trees and Rice Crispy Ornament Balls
Marshmallow Snowmen, Sugar Cone Trees and Rice Crispy Ornament Balls | Source

Are You Going To Make Something Delicious?

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Have Fun!

These treats are wonderfully versatile and will be scrumptious no matter how little or how much you decorate them.

Let your inner artist come out and go crazy!

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      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      An engaging hub packed with unique ideas! Your photos of edible Christmas creations are cute & vibrant. I would like to try sugar cone trees soon. Keep up the wonderful work! Well-done!

      Thanks for SHARING. Useful, Awesome & Interesting. Voted up, pinned & shared

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      Thank you ishwaryaa22! These are always a lot of fun and taste great! The kids and I have had quite a few laughs over the different silly creations over the years and that has been the sweetest part of all. :)

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      Anil 4 years ago from Kerala

      Yes ,it is necessary because Christmas is coming. I will try it .thanks for sharing your grate knowledge

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Love the ice cream cone craft idea. I can see this being a big hit at our family gathering this Christmas.

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      Roxanne Lewis 4 years ago from Washington

      They are so much fun and so delicious! I hope you and your family enjoy it too. :)

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      Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

      Awww - these all look so cute and so yummy! Now I know where to look for my next holiday treat-making event! I think you could adapt some of these ideas for other holidays, too. Voted up!

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