How to make candy canes, poinsettias, and a gingerbread house

Decorate your Christmas treats with poinsettia flowers and your Christmas tree with home-made candy canes. Here's how.

How to make candy canes, poinsettias, and a gingerbread house

Poinsettia flowers

how to make christmas decorations poinettia flowers

You will need a flower-shaped cutter (or, cut out a flower shape on a piece of paper and use it as a stencil).

1. Lightly dust your work surface with icing sugar and roll out ready-made red fondant icing until it’s 2mm thick.

2. Using the stencil, cut out 3 flower shapes with a sharp knife (or use a cutter). Brush the centre of one of the flower shapes with a little water and place a second flower shape on top, rotated slightly. Repeat with the third flower shape to make a poinsettia.

3. Press down the centre to make a shallow well. Moisten, then fill with a few small gold sugar balls. Move to a flat, icing sugar-dusted surface to dry.

Holly leaves

how to make christmas decorations holly

1. Roll out green fondant and cut out holly shapes with a leaf cutter. Roll small balls of red fondant for berries.

Recommended cake decoration suppliers:

For sugar pastes, edible food colourings, icings, glitters and other decorations, go to the Squires Shop website (0845 225 5671) or Jane Asher (020 7584 6177). For cake cutters of all shapes and sizes, as well as all kinds of cake cases, glitters and sparkles, visit Splat Cooking (0870 766 8290).

Candy canes

how to make candy cane decorations

1. Take small amounts of red and white fondant icing. On a surface lightly dusted with icing sugar, roll each of the colours out to form snakes about 5mm thick.

2. Twist the two coloured snakes around each other, then lightly roll them together with the tips of your fingers until they form one stripy, red and white snake.

3. Cut into 4cm-long pieces and shape into candy canes. Leave to dry on the dusted work surface.

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread house

Gingerbread houses are deceptively simple to make and are so creative. Make one as a centrepiece on a cake or on the festive table.

Homemade Christmas gifts

Homemade Christmas gifts

Who doesn't love a foodie homemade Christmas gift? Find all the inspiration you need here – from crackers to clemencello, sweet and savoury – we've got something for everyone.

More home-made food gifts

More home-made food gifts

Make scrumptious, thrifty gifts for friends and family with more of our easy-to-make home-made recipes. 

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