DIY Christmas Candy Trains

December 11, 2013 — Leave a Comment


These Christmas candy trains were all the rage when I was growing up. I remember making them every year to give as party favors or teacher gifts, to attach to the top of a present or hang on the tree. They’re so easy and so cute. And best of all, when Christmas is over, you don’t have to pack them up in a box and store them in garage. You just get to eat them!

The materials for these trains are getting a little harder to find each year, which I think is really sad! Luckily, they sell “vintage” tins of Lifesavers and gum (the old kind that comes in sticks!) around the holidays, so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding them.

Materials & Tools

rolls of Lifesavers (1 per train)
packs of gum (1 per train)
Starlight Mints (4 per train)
individually-wrapped Rolos (1 per train)
bell-shaped chocolates–Butterfingers and Nestles Crunches both come in bells. (1 per train)
hot glue gun*
hot glue sticks
thin ribbon or twine, optional

*If you want to make this a kid-friendly project, just use large glue dots instead of the hot glue gun!


1. Hot glue a Lifesaver roll to a pack of gum.
2. Hot glue 4 Starlight Mints to the pack of gum to make wheels, as pictured above.
3. Glue the Rolo upside-down to the top of one end of the roll of Lifesavers, as pictured.
4. Glue the chocolate bell upside-down to the opposite end of the roll of Lifesavers, as pictured.
5. If you want to hang your Christmas candy trains on the tree (or attach them to presents), hot glue a small loop of ribbon onto the top of each candy train right between the Rolo and the bell to make them ornaments.


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