DIY's & Crafts Holiday DIY's

Primitive Candy Ornaments / Bowl Fillers

Primitive candy ornaments are easy to make and only require 3 items. Keep reading for the materials list and easy instructions.

Primitive Candy Ornaments

Christmas is coming up fast! Can you believe it’s less than 3 weeks away?

We were able to put our Christmas decorations outside this year. Last year our entire front yard was just mud since we had to dig up the yard to fix the foundation. I’m so glad we finally have grass, now! Especially since we’ve had a lot of rain this year.

Anyway, back to Christmas.

Packages are starting to come in and they’re waiting to be wrapped. Nowadays most of our boxes are filled with those little air pillows. However, one box came filled with packing peanuts.

As soon as I saw those things my mind immediately went to “what can I make with those?

And that’s how the idea for primitive candy ornaments (or bowl fillers) came to be.

Be sure to check out my other primitive Christmas crafts before you go!
Primitive Wreath Ornaments
Wood Bead Snowmen Ornaments
Rustic Snowflake Ornaments
Primitive Candy Cane Bowl Fillers

How to make primitive candy ornaments / bowl fillers

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What you need:

materials needed for primitive candy ornaments

What you do:

Step 1

First, cut your fabric into pieces that are 5″ long by about 3 1/2″ wide. It doesn’t have to be exact. It just needs to cover the packing peanut and be long enough on each end to tie.

I just laid the packing peanut on the fabric scrap and eyeballed it to cut it. Then I measured it and cut a bunch of fabric pieces to be that measurement.

step 1 - cut fabric pieces

Step 2

Next, roll the fabric around the packing peanut. You can glue it together to hold it if you wish, however, I chose not to glue mine.

Step 2 - roll the packing peanut up in the fabric

Step 3

Now tie each end with jute string close to the packing peanut to close up the fabric. This is what gives the primitive candy ornaments their “candy” shape.

You can tie the jute into tiny bows or leave long strings or cut the ends off as I did.

Step 3 - tie up each end

Primitive Candy Ornaments

That’s it! Now just repeat the above steps to make a bunch of primitive candy ornaments. Use different fabrics for different colors. You can also use ribbon instead of jute.

Also, if you don’t have packing peanuts, you can use yarn scraps, tiny fabric scraps, or Poly-Fil.

primitive candy ornaments

Primitive candy ornaments can be hung on the Christmas tree by using ribbon or hooks, or placed in bowls as decorative bowl fillers.

Will you be making your own primitive candy ornaments this year? Have you ever made anything similar before?

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primitive candy ornaments

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Michelle is a stay-at-home homeschool mom who loves DIYs and living a frugal lifestyle.

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  1. These are so cute! Sadly, I recently threw away some packing peanuts that would have been perfect! But with lots of online shopping for the holidays, maybe I will get more. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much! Hopefully you’ll get some more soon. It’s rare that we get them any more. We usually get the air pillows, which my dog hates. lol

  2. Wow what a great idea, I love this, they look so cute, really perfect and so easy to make. Now that I think about it, most of my boxes contain those inflated plastic things, and the last time I got the peanuts I threw them away, next time I’m keeping them 🙂 thanks Michelle xoxo

    1. Than you so much! We rarely get peanuts any more, either. I was glad when we finally got a box full! 😀

  3. This are so cute and easy to make. Love the idea. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you so much!

  4. These candy ornaments look awesome!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  5. Uh…’scuse me. There isn’t actually candy in there? What a cruel trick! 😉

    They are really cute, though!

    1. Haha!! If I would have used real candy they would have never been finished! 😀

      Thank you!

  6. Michelle, what a darling idea and so easy! I would have never thought of using peanuts!

    1. Thank you so much!!

  7. These are so cute! I would keep them out all year!

    1. Thank you so much!

      1. You’re welcome!

  8. cdloken says:

    Totally thought there would be real candy in there! LOL! You fooled me! But using packing peanuts…genius! These would be so adorable on a tree! Love that idea!

    1. LOL!! I don’t think I would have ever finished them if it was real candy because I would have eaten it all! haha!! 😀 Thank you!!

  9. Simple things are always the best in my book. These are adorable and doable. Thank-you!

  10. These are so sweet, they remind me of festive Tootsie Rolls!

    1. Thank you! Oh I didn’t even think of that!

  11. Awesome idea Michelle; love these so much! Pinned.

    1. Thank you so much!

  12. This is a fabulous way to recycle packing peanuts. Hmmm . . . I didn’t get any this year. I will try to remember this when I do . . . this is brilliant!

    1. Thank you!!

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