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Christmas Tree Peppermint Swirl Ornament

Use papier-mache to make these classic Christmas treats as decorative ornaments for the tree.

What You Need:

  • Papier-mache disc
  • Acrylic crafts paints: red and white
  • Tracing paper
  • Graphite transfer paper
  • Artist's brushes: 1/2-inch-wide flat and small round
  • Krylon Crystal Clear glaze
  • Silver glitter glue
  • Cupcake cups
  • Glue gun and hotmelt adhesive
  • 1/4-inch-wide red-and-white-check grosgrain ribbon

Download peppermint pattern

How to Make It:

  1. Paint the papier-mache disc white; let dry. Trace the peppermint-swirl pattern onto tracing paper. Using graphite paper, transfer the peppermint-swirl pattern to the disc. Paint alternating swirl sections red; let dry. Apply two or three coats of glaze, letting it dry between coats.
  2. Apply silver glitter glue to the edges of two cupcake cups; let dry. Fold each cup in half, and then accordion-fold to create the candy-wrapper ends. Hot-glue a wrapper end to each side of the ornament back. For a hanger, cut an 8-inch length of ribbon, make a loop, and knot the ends. Hot-glue the knotted end of the ribbon to the back of the ornament.

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