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How to Make Garland for Your Classroom Christmas Tree That You Can Eat

written by: Alicia•edited by: Laurie Patsalides•updated: 7/23/2009

If you are planning on decorating your classroom with a Christmas tree you may want to consider having your students become a part of it. They can very easily aid you in making some garland that is both colorful and tasty.

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    There are a few different kinds of edible garlands you can make. This article will discuss two of them. The first one might be a little bit tough for tiny hands and the candy is not safe for them. The second one is perfect for the younger children and the candy is safe for them to eat.

    Edible Garland 1: The Butterscotch Garland

    You will need:

    1. Butterscotch candies
    2. Peppermint candies
    3. Silver Ribbon
    4. Scissors

    Follow these instructions:

    1. Set up your butterscotch candies and your peppermint candies in a pattern. They can be placed every other one or three of the butterscotch and three of the peppermint. The order should be decided by the class so that all students are working on the same pattern.
    2. Place the twisted ends next to each other.
    3. Cut a small piece of ribbon and tie the twisted ends together.
    4. Attach each groups strands together the same way.
    5. Carefully hang them around the Christmas tree.

    *This project is great for grades 4-8.

    Edible Garland 2: The Candy Button Garland

    You will need the following items:

    1. Candy buttons
    2. Tape
    3. Scissors

    Follow these instructions to make this project:

    1. Cut all of the candy button strips down the middle. This will form two candy button strips from one strip. That will make it go farther. You can even cut it in three equal parts if you want.
    2. Take one strip of candy buttons and make a circle out of it with the buttons sticking upward. Tape it closed.
    3. Take your next strip of candy buttons and put it through the first strand. Tape it closed outside of the first strand. This forms the beginning of your candy button chain.
    4. Keep looping a new candy button strip around an old one until you have enough chains to go all the way around your Christmas tree from the top to the bottom.
    5. Hang around the Christmas tree.

    *This project is perfect for K-3rd.

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    by Alexander Abolinsh