I remember when I was a new mom (16 years ago) I made some ornaments with my friends along the same idea. We had clear ornament balls that we filled with Christmas colored paints and shook until the paint spread around. On some other clear balls we filled with tinsel. I remember doing a set that we painted the inside red and then painted a black strip around the outside for Santa’s belt. So I thought it would be fun to make some ornaments with some clear ornament balls (I purchased plastic ones at Walmart).
For this craft I wanted to fill the clear ornaments with M&M’s. I liked the Gingerbread ones because they come in the colors I wanted (red, brown and green) and I can smell the Gingerbread and it reminds me of the holidays. When I told Kayden that I had Gingerbread M&M’s he didn’t believe me – he lost that bet! I showed him the Gingerbread M&M’s (which are available exclusively at Walmart) and we ate a few before I put my craft together
Let me show you how I made these. They are so simple to make up but so cute!
Christmas Ornament Crafts with M&M’s
- Gingerbread M&M’s – really any M&M’s would work I just like these because they had the right colors.
- Clear Plastic Ornaments (I buy plastic so they don’t break)
- Soda Pop Tabs
- Black Ribbon
- Brown Ribbon
- Red Pom Poms
- Google Eyes
- Adhesive Rhinestones
First separate your M&M’s into the same color. I filled up big ornament balls, which take a lot of M&M’s. If you want to make a lot just be sure to buy smaller ornaments (just be sure the opening is big enough for the M&M’s.
For Santa – You will need black ribbon and a soda pop can tab. Fill the ornament with red Gingerbread M&M’s. Thread black ribbon through a pop can tab to look like a belt. Use a glue dot ( buy glue dots at my scrapbook store) to keep the belt in place. Bring ribbon around to the back and tie in a knot. Trim ribbon with scissors.
For Rudolph – You will need brown ribbon, googly eyes and a red pom pom. Fill ornament with brown Gingerbread M&M’s. Using a glue dot glue on googly eyes and red pom pom for the nose. Make a bow with the brown ribbon for the antlers and glue to the top.
For the Christmas Tree – You will need self adhesive red rhinestones. Fill ornament with green Gingerbread M&M’s. Using red self adhesive rhinestone strips place them like a string of lights.
So cute right? I just love how they turned out and want to make more! You do need to be careful though because with all of the M&M’s they are heavy. So I glued the top on to make sure the ornament did not fall.
These Gingerbread M&M also has me thinking about making Gingerbread houses – we love making those every year in our home! Are you thinking of hosting your own Gingerbread house party?