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Robbie's Christmas Oranment Recipes

This is for Granny, who was wanting ideas for Christmas ornaments that she can make with her grandkids. I think many will submit how to make the ones you described, so thought I would send these in to the newsletter. I hope you have lots of fun with the grandkids. Note: None of these ornaments are meant to be eaten.
Robbie IN

Christmas Wreath Ornaments

What You Need
1 lg. shredded wheat cereal
5 drops green food color
1/4 c. white glue

Break up shredded wheat "biscuit". Add food color and glue. Mix. Put on a plastic butter lid and shape in a wreath shape. Decorate with red hots. While partially wet make a hole and insert ribbon for hanging. Dries in 24 hours.
Fresh Cranberry and Marshmallow ornaments

What you need
Fresh cranberries
Miniature marshmallows
Thin florist wire
Holiday ribbon
Pieces of orange rind (optional)

Cut wire into 16 inch lengths. Begin by threading a cranberry on the wire, leaving 1 1/2 inches wire on the end. Alternate cranberries, marshmallows, and orange rind. When wire is almost covered, twist it into a wreath shape. Twist end pieces of wire together. Attach
ribbon to wire and hang on tree.
Robbie IN


Peppermint Hard Candy Ornaments
What You Need
Hard peppermint candies
metal cookie cutters
non-stick cooking spray
parchment paper
toothpick or skewer
twine or ribbon

Preheat oven to 350F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Spray the inside of each cookie cutter with cooking spray. Lay cookie cutters on baking sheet and fill with a layer of peppermints. You may need to break or cut the candy to fill in all the spaces.
Bake for 3-9 minutes. Keep an eye on candy as it melts, remove from oven when candies have melted together.
Lightly coat a toothpick with cooking spray and use it to make a hole in each group of candies. Let candy sit inside cookie cutter until it re-hardens. Once hard, carefully stretch out the cookie cutter, pulling it away from the candy, to pop out your ornament.

These ornaments are really so easy, but it may be helpful to make a trial run: Place one peppermint-filled cookie cutter into the oven to get an idea of how fast the candy will melt and how quickly it will cool and re-harden after you remove it from the oven.

Try turning down the temperature of your oven, so that candies will melt more slowly, if your candies are melting unevenly or at different rates.

Squeeze as many peppermints, side-by-side, into your cookie cutter as possible. If peppermints melt into too thin of a layer, try layering peppermints in the cookie cutter to make a thicker, more sturdy, ornament.

Large, simply shaped, cookie cutters work best for this project. The more intricate the cutter, the more likely ornaments will break when removed from their cookie cutter mold.

Don’t forget to be careful around the hot metal and melted candy! This is a fun craft to make with children, just be sure to provide plenty of supervision.

Try not to handle the ornaments too much because they can get sticky, but they should be fine after they’re hanging on the tree.
Robbie IN

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