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How To Make A Candy Train

Learn how to make a candy train to use as an ornament, for a Birthday activity, as a gift topper, or just for fun! This classic craft is sure to be a hit with the young and old, alike!

When my kids were little, I remember making Candy Trains with them! I even made enough to sell at a small local bazaar, along with Snowman Soup, Reindeer Food, and Beaded Socks. It was a lot of fun to make them and they were good gifts to give!

Now that my nieces have kids, I decided it was time to revisit Candy Train making to share the JOY with them!

Candy Train Supplies

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  • Gum – Believe it or not, it’s actually hard to find the small packs of gum in stores but I was able to find them on Amazon.
  • Lifesavers – You can often find Lifesavers around Christmas time, in stores.
  • Starlight Mints
  • Rolos
  • Kisses
  • 1/2″ Glue Dots – You can also use a glue gun. Because we are making candy trains with little kids, I opted to buy glue dots to prevent burns.
  • 1″ Wide Ribbon – If you want to turn your candy train into an ornament, be sure to pick up some ribbon. This is the ribbon I used, you just want it to be wide so the train doesn’t tip, when you hang it on your tree.
Candy Train Engine Ornament hanging in a Christmas Tree.

How To Make A Train Out Of Candy

1)Add 3 glue dots to the top of a small 5-piece pack of gum.

2) If you plan to make a candy train ornament, lay a piece of ribbon across the middle of the gum, on the center glue dot.

1" ribbon adhered to a 5 piece pack of gum to make a candy train ornament.

3) Then, press a pack of Lifesavers on top of the gum.

Lifesavers adhered to a 5 piece pack of gum and a 1" ribbon to make a candy train ornament.

4) Add a glue dot to the top, back end of the Lifesavers and attach a Rolo for the engineer’s cabin.

Lifesavers adhered to a 5-piece pack of gum, a 1" ribbon, with a Rolo on top for the engineer's cabin of a candy train ornament.

5) Next, use a glue dot to attach a Kiss to the other end of the Lifesavers, for the front of the train.

6) Finally, using glue dots, press Starlight Mints onto the front and back of the gum pack for the wheels. Repeat on the opposite side.

Candy train ornament with Starlight mints for wheels.

7) If you added ribbon, now is the time to tie a bow at the top.

What To Do With Candy Trains

These candy trains are a Christmas favorite but would also make a great activity for a Train Birthday Party or for the train enthusiast!

  • Turn it into an ornament.
  • Use it as a gift topper.
  • Put them together at a craft party.
  • Add to a You’ve Been Tinseled Box.
  • Make it a Birthday activity.
  • Sell them at a craft bazaar.
  • Provide the supplies for a classroom activity or classroom Christmas Party.
  • Gift to your children’s friends.
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How To Make A Candy Train

Candy Train Ornament hanging on a Christmas Tree.
Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes

Materials

  • Gum - Believe it or not, it's actually hard to find the small packs of gum in stores but I was able to find them on Amazon.
  • Lifesavers - You can often find Lifesavers around Christmas time, in stores.
  • Starlight Mints
  • Rolos
  • Kisses
  • 1/2" Glue Dots - You can also use a glue gun. Because we are making candy trains with little kids, I opted to buy glue dots to prevent burns.
  • 1" Wide Ribbon - If you want to turn your candy train into an ornament, be sure to pick up some ribbon. This is the ribbon I used, you just want it to be wide so the train doesn't tip, when you hang it on your tree.

Tools

  • Scissors

Instructions

    1. Add 3 glue dots to the top of a small 5-piece pack of gum.
    2. If you plan to make a candy train ornament, lay a piece of ribbon across the middle of the gum, on the center glue dot. Ribbon adhered to a 5-piece pack of gum to make a candy train.
    3. Then, press a pack of Lifesavers on top of the gum. Lifesavers adhered to a pack of gum with a ribbon to make a candy train ornament.
    4. Add a glue dot to the top, back end of the Lifesavers and attach a Rolo for the engineer's cabin.
    5. Next, use a glue dot to attach a Kiss to the other end of the Lifesavers, for the front of the train. Making a candy train engine out of gum, Lifesavers, a Rolo, chocolate Kiss, Starlight Mints, ribbon, and glue dots.
    6. Finally, using glue dots, press Starlight Mints onto the front and back of the gum pack for the wheels. Repeat on the opposite side.
    7. If you added ribbon, now is the time to tie a bow at the top. Candy Train Ornament to hang on a Christmas Tree.

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