Christmas is all about crafting around our house. We seriously craft our socks off. When we’re not baking cookies or some other treat, my daughter is creating a card for someone or making ornaments. Our favorite holiday crafting always involves food. Last year we made literal batches of those gingerbread man ornaments. You know, the ones that smell awesome for years but are too hard to eat? Well, this year, I’ve decided to take Christmas decorating back to the basics and craft a little bit for myself!
While in Walmart a few weeks ago, the Christmas candy aisle caught my eye. Specifically, the motherload of M & M varieties. When did M & M’s start coming in all those excellent flavors? Of course, the wheels in my head started turning- M & Ms would be cute for a holiday craft. So I grabbed a bag of Gingerbread M & M’s and brought them home to create these festive Beaded Holiday Candleholders!
This is a fun, easy way to dress up plain candleholders, and holiday guests will do a double take when you tell them they are made of M & M’s. I think it would also be great to make these, and then include a bag of Gingerbread M & Ms inside as a Christmas gift for a teacher.
- Gingerbread M & Ms
- Glass candleholders
- Hot Glue and hot glue gun
- Ribbon, gift tags, or any other embellishments that you would like to include
This craft is so easy that it barely needs a tutorial, but I will point out a few tips.
Since this involves hot glue, kids can’t really complete this craft. BUT it’s a great chance for them to practice with pattern making. Start the pattern and then let your kids hand you M & Ms to keep the pattern going.
And to answer your next question, no the hot glue will not melt the M & Ms. They melt in your mouth, not in your hand, remember? 🙂
Begin by simply hot gluing the M & Ms around the glass candleholder in the desired pattern. Complete the bottom row, then continue up the candleholder until finished. Experiment with various patterns!
It Happens in a Blink Time Frame: Dependent on the size of the candle holder and the area on the candle holder that you are covering, one candle holder may be completed in about 20 minutes.
Getting the Kids Involved: Let the kids design the M & M patterns!
These Gingerbread M & Ms are sold exclusively at Walmart, and you’ll want to stop by and grab a bag so that you can enter their Instagram contest!I found them in the holiday section.
If you need some festive holiday decorating ideas check out these fun Gingerbread M&M’s crafts. If you have some creative ideas of your own, participate in the Gingerbread M&M Instagram contest to win a great prize!
I’m entering my Beaded Holiday Candleholders- what will you enter? Go grab a bag of Gingerbread M & Ms and get your craft on this Christmas! And to sweeten the deal, click below for a dollar off coupon!
amy @ one artsy mama says
Did you say Gingerbread M&M’s?! Those sound SO fabulous and delicious! I may have to try some of those!
Kirsten @ One Tough Mother says
Such a cute idea to cover candle holders in M&M’s! That is, if I don’t eat them all first. 🙂
Ahh…yes…that did prove to be a problem. My little elf kept sneaking them.
Tara @ Suburble says
Cute-ness! I love green and red M&Ms – they remind me so much of Christmas! And these are gingerbread flavoured?!? Say wha…?!?! That’s crazy awesome!
What a cute project, Melanie…a great way to enjoy M&Ms this holiday season without “wearing” them in January! LOVE IT!
I saw these recently and stopped myself until it was closer to Christmas… the wait is over now that I’ve seen this, though! 😉 Very clever!
I never would have thought to add M&Ms to a candle to craft. Neato!
KIM NIEVES(www.kimnieves.com) says
This is absolutely fantastic! I might buy a pack of MMs tomorrow! 🙂
Kayla @ TheEclecticElement says
Okay, how come I had NO idea that M&Ms came out with a gingerbread flavor!? That’s very intriguing. I’m not sure if I’m a fan or would rather stick with the traditional flavors…I guess that just means I’ll have to go out and buy some to try 😀
I LOVE this! what a great idea!! I will definitely be doing this this Christmas!
How clever are you?!! I honestly thought they were beads for a minute. They look great! 🙂
Kimber @ The Pinning Mama says
Love the idea and I am obsessed with M&Ms! So CUTE!
These turned out so cute – I just love candle holders and I love how you decorated them! Pinned!
Jen @ Girl in the Garage says
What a creative idea- love the beaded candle holders! Pinned! 🙂
Kathy Penney @ Sparkles And A Stove says
Those are adorable and so creative!
Lauren @ The Thinking Closet says
I’m going to have to look out for these M&Ms. Gingerbread flavored? Yes, please! And thanks for the coupon!
such a great idea. love.
Love it! Melt in your mouth indeed. I’d be afraid of little fingers prying them off the candleholder and sneaking them. Or, having the M&Ms never making it to the craft table, gobble gobble.
Yes, that was a problem in our house! A little hot glue never hurt anyone, I guess! haha
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Cute crafts! I’d have to buy double the supplies because I know I’d eat the entire time I was crafting!!
These are so cute! I love all of the craftiness going on with M&Ms right now!
mmmmm gingerbread, does it smell fantastic?
You actually can’t smell them…which is good because it means it’s not melting 🙂
Adrianne at Happy Hour Projects says
What an adorable idea! I love it!!
Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my candle holders.
Ashley @ Simply Designing says
What a fun idea!
Jeanie @ create&babble says
What a cute idea! I woud have never thought to decorate with M&Ms!
It gives a new meaning to “playing with your food!”
Mel @ Outnumbered 3 to 1 says
I love these candle holders! What a great gift idea for a teacher or neighbor!
Thanks, Mel. Throw a bag of gingerbread M&Ms in there and you have a complete gift!
This is a craft that even a kiddo can do! Thanks for sharing! Brandi-Collective Bias team
Thanks for stopping by, Brandi!
This is so CUTE! Just the perfect festive touch. Pinning!