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Colorful and Cute: 15 Neat Crafts Made with Candy

When it comes to keeping candy around the house, we’ll totally admit that we’re known for boasting the best stash on the whole block. Even our kids know that there’s always candy around, but we’re lucky that they’re very good at only asking for a sweet snack in moderation! Of course, eating something yummy isn’t the only reason we like to have candy on hand on a regular basis. We actually also find that it makes for one of our kids’ favourite DIY and crafting supplies!

Just in case you’re as intrigued by the idea of making fun crafts with candy as we originally were, if not more, here are 15 of the best tutorials along those lines that we’ve bookmarked lately.

1. Candy butterflies


Would you like to make something with candy that’s simple enough for your kids to help you with and fun enough that they’ll want to make them for all their friends? Well, especially since it’s springtime, we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Mom Endeavours made these adorable Starburst and Skittle butterflies! These make great favours for birthday parties.

2. How to make a candy train


Perhaps your kids are very much the kind of children who would love to make something cute and recognizable from their candy but you’re also convinced that they’d prefer something mechanical and with some power, rather than whimsical butterfly? In that case, we think you might get along a little better with something like these adorable candy trains! Get the full details for making it happen on One Hundred Dollars a Month.

3. Valentine’s Day candy jars


Are you the kind of avid crafter who loves bookmarking ideas that are suitable for any holiday or season, even if that’s not the one you’re in right now, just to make sure you always have a wealth of ideas? Then we think you’ll understand why we recently bookmarked these adorable Valentine’s Day themed DIY candy jars from Eat, Move, Make that are filled with chocolate but shaped like old fashioned bubblegum machines!

4. Candy cane and marshmallow snowmen


If you’re going to make something delicious from candy, would you prefer to make it something that has a bit of a flavour contrast and texture experience? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Baby Gizmo combined marshmallows and minty fresh candy canes to make these fantastic Christmas candy snowmen!

5. Stained glass candy sun catchers


What if you were actually hoping to find a tutorial that will help you actually change the form of the candy in a really crafty and hands on way rather than just putting it together in different shapes? Well, that’s precisely what this fantastic melted candy sun catcher tutorial outlined step by step on Mission: To Save shows you how to do, working with shapes and colours in interesting ways to make something that resembles a sweet tribute to stained glass.

6. Edible braided friendship bracelets


Do you happen to know all too well that any craft that gets made with candy around your kids is actually going to get eaten immediately, so you’re kind of just looking for something more fun and temporary right off the bat? In that case, we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way Mom Skills shows you how to make a braided friendship bracelet out of colourful Air Heads (or any other soft strip candy) cut into strips!

7.  Candy bouquet


Perhaps you’ve actually been looking around for a DIY candy idea that’s more careful presentation than craft because you’re looking to give someone you love a simple but lovely sweet gift to congratulate them for something? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way Thrifty Fun made this fantastic and super fun looking candy bouquet!

8. Paper flower suckers


Did you actually really enjoy the earlier suggestion we have of making some kind of cute candy bouquet for someone you love but you think you’d prefer that the idea of some kind of slightly more crafty element to it rather than just being an arrangement of affixed candy? In that case, we think you might prefer the way The Crafty Blog Stalker made this lollipop bouquet that uses paper to really make each sucker look like a flower!

9. Peppermint candy bowls


When you stared thinking about ways to get crafty with candy, were you actually picturing something where you get to change the candy or somehow use it like an actual crafting supply, rather than just presenting it creatively? In that case, we think you’ll really appreciate the way Design Sponge carefully melted swirled mints to make these adorable peppermint candy bowls.

10. Rock candy rings


Have you actually tried to move away from crafting with candy itself when you get creative with  your kids because they always end up making a sticky mess and eating most of the supplies, but you also know that candy is their favourite thing so you’re still looking for a way to incorporate candy in some way? In that case, we think you’ll quite like the way Loom Love made these rings that just look like rock candy instead!

11. Edible candy “beaded” bracelets


Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about candy jewelry but, if you’re going to have anything to do with candy when you craft, you’d much prefer to actually use the real thing? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how She Knows used candy like beads to make these adorable bracelets!

12. Valentine’s candy airplanes


Did we actually really pique your interest when we started talking about the earlier idea of making a candy train because your kids really like vehicles and mechanics but you know their very favourite way to travel is by plane? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get along much better with this tutorial from Make The Best of Everything that shows you how to make adorable customized candy planes!

13. Candy Christmas trees


Just in case you’re the kind of person who likes to bookmark DIY ideas from other seasons so that you’re totally prepared with a stash of great crafting tutorials once the holidays arrive, here’s a concept to hang onto until Christmas! We love the way Upstate Ramblings used different types of candies to make wonderfully colourful miniature Christmas tree decorations.

14. Sugared candy cane cookie cutter tree decorations


Perhaps you’re finding yourself looking through our list and still thinking about the idea we showed you that involved melting down peppermint candies to make something new but you’re just not sure you’ll ever use a candy bowl like that tutorial outlined? Then here’s a similar but alternative idea for your consideration! Check out how Home Cooking in Montana used similar techniques to make these fun shaped Christmas tree decorations out of those same peppermint candies.

15. Candy corn owl craft


Have you actually been looking for a way to use up some of the leftover Halloween candy that your kids had been saving and then forgot about because now it’s too stale to eat? Well, if candy corn is amongst their stash, then we think Crafty Morning might have just the idea for you! Take a better look at their tutorial to see how they made this funny little owl with candy corn feathers and feet.