Holiday Food Ornaments

Remember making ornaments with macaroni and glitter in elementary school? Well, now using food for ornaments can be more sophisticated and perfect for college students.

If you are trying to stay festive for the holiday season and decorate your tree, but your budget is seemingly small, these ornaments made out of various foods will help you achieve a festive holiday look.

Pick up some of these items on your next trip to the store to add unique and simple decorations to your tree.

Apple Cinnamon Ornaments

These ornaments require a little baking, but they are fun and easy to create. Not to mention, they also leave your house scented with cinnamon spices.


  • 3 cups applesauce
  • 3 cups ground cinnamon


  1. Mix ingredients together until thick.
  2. Flatten out the dough on a flat surface and cut with desired cookie cutter shapes.
  3. Use a toothpick or straw to make a hole at the top of the ornament.
  4. Place the ornaments on a cookie sheet to dry for 3 to 4 days.
  5. Place a ribbon through the hole and enjoy this deliciously scented homemade ornament.

Peppermint wreath ornaments

Holiday candy dishes are always filled with peppermint candies. So, next time you see a dish full of those red and white mints, swipe a few to create this cute new decoration.


  • Peppermint candies
  • Cinnamon candies
  • Icing or glue


  1. Unwrap five peppermint candies and place them in a circle.
  2. Use icing or glue to bond the sides of the peppermint candies together.
  3. Add cinnamon candies or mints to the front to decorate the candy wreath.
  4. Let dry for two hours and add ribbon or twine around the candy wreath.
  5. Hang on the tree and admire your new masterpiece!

Popcorn and Cranberry Garland

Need some garland to wrap around the tree? Just pull out some popcorn and cranberries from the pantry.


  • 1 bag of popcorn
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • String
  • Needle


  1. Pop a bag of air popped popcorn and gather a cup of fresh cranberries.
  2. Thread your needle with the string and make a large knot at the end.
  3. Place the needle through the popcorn and cranberries to sew a beautiful strand of garland.
  4. Knot the other end once the strand is at desired length.
  5. Wrap around your tree to add some holiday flair.

Dried Citrus Ornaments

These all-natural ornaments will be admired by all of your holiday guests. Just grab your desired citrus and your place will be festive and scented.


  • Limes
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • String


  1. Slice the desired fruit into ¼ inch slices and remove the seeds.
  2. Arrange the fruit onto a baking sheet and place in an oven set at 150-170 degrees Fahrenheit.
  3. Bake 3-4 hours while flipping every hour until the fruit is dried, but not shriveled up.
  4. Add a string through the fruit and hang on tree – The light will shine through and fill your house with holiday cheer.

Candy Canes

Not only are candy canes a tasty holiday treat, but also a classic tree decoration. Pick up a pack at any store during the holidays and hang them on your tree for easy inexpensive ornaments!

Food is a big part of holiday dinners, but after creating these ornaments it can be a big part of your Christmas tree and home decor.