Visions of sugar plums danced in their heads

Day 9: Ribbon candy ornament

Everyone has their favorite Christmas treats. Whether it’s cookies or candy, there is always one that always shows up during the holiday season. Homemade cookies were our favorite treats growing up, however if there was candy…it was Frango chocolate mints. YUM.

Another favorite holiday staple is ribbon candy. Started in 1856, F.B. Washburn Candy Corporation is credited to creating the first ribbon candy in Brockton, Massachusetts. For day 9, Krafty Kath brings you another candy-themed ornament. It’s colorful ripples will add more glitter to my Christmas tree, and who says a girl can’t have too much glitter?

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TIME TO COMPLETE

Approximately 3-4 hours total prep, baking, cooling and finishing.

MATERIALS

  • 2 round wooden beads (12mm)
  • 2 colors of Fimo clay
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife
  • Clay pin tool or toothpick
  • Clear glitter
  • Paint brush
  • Glittering glue (or Modge Podge)
  • White #5 embroidery thread

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INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Paint 2 wooden beads with your craft paint and set them aside to dry. These will be little baubles that will top your ribbon ornament.

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Step 2:

Break off 4 sections of Fimo (2 sections in each piece.) Slowly soften it into a 5″ long square shaped piece. It takes awhile to get Fimo malleable. Just squeeze it in your palms for a bit to warm it up.

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Step 3:

Take your rolling pin and roll it lengthwise to make it 6″ long.

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Step 4:

Cut your clay into 2 skinny pieces approximately .25″ wide.

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Step 5:

Repeat steps 1-3 with the other color of clay. You want to have 3 strips of one color and 2 of the other. Totaling 5 strips.

Step 6:

Take the 5 strips and stack them up close together, alternating colors. Squeeze the stack lightly to make sure they stick together.

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Step 7:

Take your rolling pin and roll it lengthwise until it’s approx 1/8″ thick.

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Step 8:

Cut the ends so you have a squared off rectangle.

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Step 9:

Start to form your ribbon by pushing each end towards each other creating the ripples. Be careful, if your clay gets too dry or cold it can break when you are forming it. I found it helpful to hold my fingers on where I wanted it to bend for awhile to get it warmed up. Smooth out any rough edges.

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Step 10:

Once you have your clay formed into the ribbon, take your pin tool or toothpick and put two small holes on one end of the clay. This is where you will insert the thread to hang your ornament.

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Step 11:

Place your clay on a foil lined baking sheet and bake it in the oven.

Each oven heats differently so if you haven’t baked Fimo before read the instructions on the back of the package. I baked mine at 225 degrees for 60 minutes.

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Step 12:

Once you bake the clay take it out of the oven and let it cool completely.

Once it’s cooled, apply your glitter glue (or Modge Podge) with a paint brush. Once it’s lightly coated with glue, dip your brush in the glitter and apply it to the clay. Let it dry completely.

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Step 13:

Cut a piece of the white embroidery thread and thread it through the two holes made in the top of the clay. String two beads at the top

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Now you can hang it on your tree and dream of sugar plums!

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