Christmas offers many opportunities to satiate your sweet tooth. From gingerbread houses to festive sugar cookies, there’s a treat to suit every taste. If you enjoy creative hobbies and want to plan a fun activity for your loved ones, you can make candy crafts.
You may even be able to sell your goods for some extra cash, meaning more money to buy presents! Plus, you won’t have to worry about New Year’s regret — that sensation that you splurged more than you should have on the holidays.
Ready to make Christmas candy crafts that will earn you money? Read on for a roundup of easy and affordable Christmas candy crafts to sell.
4 Christmas Candy Crafts to Sell
Not all types of Christmas treats are ideal for crafting and selling. For example, products with goods that quickly spoil or are tough to transport—like whipped-cream-covered pastries—aren’t great.
However, there are many Christmas candy crafts you can concoct and sell to others to enjoy. It’s a fun way to spread the holiday cheer. Read on for a roundup of our favorites.
1. Candy Cane Sleigh
This candy cane craft is fast and easy to make—and it’s pretty cute, too! To make one “sleigh,” you’ll need:
- 10 mini candy bars
- 2 candy canes
- 1 regular-sized KitKat bar
- Glue or double-sided tape
- Wrapping ribbon or a bow
The candy canes will serve as the sleigh runners, while the KitKat will serve as the body of the sleigh.
Glue or tape the candy canes to the bottom of the KitKat. Then, create a small pyramid out of the mini candy bars to sit on top of the sleigh (start with four on the bottom, then three, then two, then one at the pinnacle). Glue or tape the minibars in place as you go.
You can wrap up the final product with a pretty Christmas ribbon or bow. Now, your tasty treat is ready to fly!
2. Candy Christmas Trees
This adorable craft is easy enough for kids to master. It also contains some of everybody’s favorite holiday treats. Here’s what you’ll need to put together one mini candy “tree”:
- Hot glue gun
- 1 Rollo
- 2 Reece’s mini peanut butter cups
- 1 Hershey’s Kiss
- Stars and sequins
Now, there’s a catch when it comes to the candy: You want the Hershey’s kisses and the Reese’s mini peanut butter cups to be in green wrappers! So get a holiday collection bag of these treats to get as many greens as possible.
Now, to put your tree together, put the Rollo on a flat surface. Then, stack two Reese’s cups and finally the Hershey’s Kiss vertically. Finally, apply a drop of glue between each layer to keep it in place.
Your tree is already done (we told you this one was easy)! The Rollo is the base, and the green sweets are the branches. You still have to decorate it, however. Use the glue gun to affix sequins on the “branches” and add a single star at the top.
3. Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer Candy Bars
Everybody loves the legend of Rudolph. Why not commemorate it with this special candy treat? Here’s what you need to make one Rudolph:
- 1 full-sized Hershey’s bar
- 2 candy canes
- 1 Mini red pom pom
- 2 googly eyes
- Brown cardstock paper
- Hot glue gun
Now, to bring Rudolph to life. First, take the cardstock and cut out two small pointed reindeer ears (an almond shape will do just fine). Keep in mind that the Hershey’s bar will be Rudolph’s head and make the ears proportional.
Now, glue the ears to the back of the Hershey’s bar so that they stick up over the edge when you look at the “face” from the front. Next, glue on the candy canes directly behind the ears so that they peek up over them. Those are the antlers.
Now, turn the Hershey’s bar over so that you’re looking at Rudolph’s “face.” You can then glue the eyes and nose (the red pom-pom) onto the front. You’re all set!
If you want, you can transform this creation into a Christmas tree ornament. Just glue two ends of a ribbon to the back of the Hershey’s bar, so you have a loop to hang on a branch.
4. Marshmallow Snowmen
If you’re dreaming of a white Christmas, this is the craft for you. Be forewarned: It’s a bit more complicated than those above. Here’s what you need to make one marshmallow candy snowman:
- 1 wooden skewer
- 1 Reese’s mini peanut butter cup
- White candy coating
- Chocolate candy coating
- 1 Fruit by the Foot or Fruit Roll-Up
- 1 orange gummy candy
- 1 pretzel stick
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Baking tray and baking paper
- Toothpick (for adding the eyes and buttons)
First, melt the white candy coating. This will be the glue that holds your snowman together. Then, stick three marshmallows together using a dot of melted candy coating between each one.
Thread the marshmallows onto the tip of the skewer. This is your snowman’s body. Refrigerate the snowman briefly to let the coating set.
Next, add the snowman’s scarf. Cut two narrow strips of your Fruit Roll-Up or Fruit by the Foot and cross them over the front of the snowman’s body (the middle marshmallow). Use the candy coating to stick the scarf in place.
You can then add the nose, cutting a small triangular slice of orange gummy candy to fit the snowman’s face. Again, use the white candy coating to stick this in place.
Next, take two small pieces of pretzel to create arms. Finally, add eyes and “charcoal” buttons: Melt the regular chocolate coating and use a toothpick to apply these accessories.
Last but not least, don’t forget Frosty’s hat! Take a baking sheet and add a piece of baking paper. Add a dab of the chocolate candy coating to create a small circle, with a circumference more significant than the marshmallow (the snowman’s head).
Then, place a peanut butter cup into the center of the chocolate disc and let it cool until set. You can then apply the hat using the candy coating to make it stick.
The Final Word on Selling Candy Crafts at Christmas
Creating whimsical treats like these can be a lot of fun and makes for a great family activity. However, if you want to get more serious about your Christmas crafts, consider selling them at local farmers’ markets, bake sales, or holiday events.
You can even sell some of these sweets via online platforms. The above list offers plenty of marketable Christmas candy crafts to sell.