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!