5 edible decorations for the holidays

Most of us have cherished holiday ornaments made of glass, wood or paper, but did you know you can make attractive decorations out of ordinary, everyday food? Here are 5 tips for edible decorations you can make for the holidays.

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – edible holiday crafts using sweets, sugar, popcorn, herbs and fruit
Make holiday decorations from ordinary, everyday food.
Photo: Ida Köhler

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – edible holiday crafts using sweets, sugar, popcorn, herbs and fruit

Aromatic orange decorations

These are well worth making for their amazing scent alone and they make beautiful hanging decorations in well-lit places where the light can shine through them.

Well worth making for their amazing scent alone.

Follow these steps: Preheat your oven to its lowest setting or max. 225 F/110 C/Gas Mark ¼. Slice the oranges thinly and place on a wire rack in the centre of the oven for a few hours until they are completely dry. Wedge a wooden spoon in the oven door to allow the steam to escape.

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – edible holiday crafts using sweets, sugar, popcorn, herbs and fruit

Yummy garland of sweets

Don’t be too surprised if this rapidly transforms into a garland of empty sweet wrappers – such a tempting festive decoration is irresistible to grown-ups and kids alike.

Follow these steps: Tie sweets in colourful wrappers to a narrow silk ribbon or twine. Use it as a garland or instead of tinsel on your tree.

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – edible holiday crafts using sweets, sugar, popcorn, herbs and fruit

Fragrant herb wreath

Fir, pine and holly are all well and good, but a festive wreath you can use to flavour a soup or stew once the holidays are over is useful as well as decorative!

A festive wreath you can use to flavour a soup or stew.

Follow these steps: Tie sprigs of rosemary together with cotton thread or steel wire. A wreath made entirely of rosemary is very attractive, but you can add a few sprigs of thyme if you want a bushier effect. Tie a pretty ribbon at the top and hang it up.

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – edible holiday crafts using sweets, sugar, popcorn, herbs and fruit

Adorn with popcorn

These small, fluffy and snow-like decorations are perfect to hang on your more delicate houseplants.

Follow these steps: Pop some popcorn, and use a sewing needle to carefully thread the best pieces of popcorn on to cotton thread and hang them up.

BABYBJÖRN Magazine – edible holiday crafts using sweets, sugar, popcorn, herbs and fruit

Sparkling sugar glitter

It’s easy to make your own edible glitter at home! The darker the colour, the more sparkly the glitter, so don’t be afraid to experiment.

Follow these steps: Pour approx. 100 g / 3½ oz granulated sugar into a glass jar with a lid, add a few drops of food colouring (in any colour you like), screw on the lid and shake as hard as you can until all the sugar is the same colour.

Add more drops of food colouring and shake again until the sugar is the colour you want. Make sure the sugar is not too wet from the food colouring before you put it in the oven or the liquid may begin to boil.

Spread the sugar on a baking tray covered with baking paper and dry it in the oven at 175 C/350 F/Gas Mark 4 for approx. 7–9 minutes. Be vigilant so the sugar doesn’t melt. If it lumps together when you take it out of the oven, crumble it with your fingers or a spoon.

It’s easy to make edible glitter

Sprinkle your edible glitter on cakes, gingerbread houses and iced cup cakes, or why not pancakes?

Best wishes for a happy, sweetly scented and delicious holiday!

Text and photos: Ida Köhler