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Food-related Ornaments?

I'm in the process of buying xmas tree ornaments, and came across a set of "gingerbread" ornaments at Target. It's a set of small ornaments shaped like gingerbread boys, girls, cookies, and other shapes. It got me thinking, how cute (and totally obsessive and weird to my non foodie friends...) would it be to have a food-related xmas tree?

That said, does anyone know of where I could find some food-related ornaments? I know Hallmark has a few Pillsbury Dough Boys and things, but I was wondering if anyone has come across anything else, like miniature pies, chef's hats, whisks, etc?

Thanks!

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  1. I have lots of apples in various iterations and, my personal favorite, a s'more snowman.

    1. In yesterday's flyer from Sears, they had power tool ornaments so I bet with a little searching you could find food related ones. I would try Crate & Barrel, Williams & Sonoma and any other local kitchen specialty shops for ready made ornaments. If you can't find any or you are just crafty, you could try the dollar store or Target and make your own out of kitchen utensils and food containers. You could also try using food magnets, little girl's tea set, dollhouse kitchen stuff, wrapped candies or fake fruit. Don't forget about a popcorn and cranberry garland.

      1. We're kindred spirits! I did an all-food tree one year. I've bought my ornaments over the years, mostly at fancy little boutiques and yuppie gift shops. But many are widely available in department and chain stores. Not to mention places like Sur La Table and Williams-Sonoma.

        I really like glass ornaments in the shape of food (bananas, garlic, peas-in-the-pod, peppers, grapes, etc.) Take a look at Amazon.com for possibilities - they even have a "food and beverages" category under Ornaments!

        And I've found fun ornaments at fancy cooking stores - mini whisks, mini spatulas, tiny cooking utensils, and even a tiny plastic martini. Check the online catalogs of cooking stores. (OMG, I just saw a glass hamburger at Sur La Table - I really, really need this!)

        I also love Murano glass candies - like the ones shown at http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunchbox... - but they're hard to find. I found mine at various artist studios. I think there are knock-off Chinese versions that are cheaper and easier to find - check at chain craft-and-ornament stores like Michael's or Jo-Ann or Ben Franklin.

        Another idea is to make some ornaments - like dried orange slices strung on ribbon, cinnamon-applesauce "cookies" with glitter, the classic popcorn-cranberry garland, and stained-glass cookies. One year, I went crazy with a glue gun and a bunch of herbs and spices: bay leaves, cinnamon sticks, whole nutmeg, and star anise. This year, I'm thinking of covering wine corks in glitter and beads for a wine-cork garland. I already have a martini ornament, and some grapes, so I might even go for a booze theme for my tree this year!

        Anne

        1. Not sure if this is in the vein of what you are looking for, but every year family friends made their ornaments from a gingerbread-like dough. They rolled thick "cookies" cut them out, baked and then frosted them. They made holes in the top of the "ornaments" and strung ribbon through them in order to hang them. Apparently they were inedible but they looked cute and you never had to worry about them breaking, cause you could just bake more.

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          1. re: charlesbois

            Was it cinnamon-applesauce dough? It looks like gingerbread, and it's technically edible, but you wouldn't want to eat it. (Tho it's safe around small children.) Here's a sample recipe:

            http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Scented-...

            [Edited to add] There are other versions that add glue - usually white glue - that aren't edible but are easier to work with.

            http://www.kinderteacher.com/Cinnamon...

            Anne

            1. re: AnneInMpls

              I have no idea where to find the recipe now, but years (I mean decades) ago, my sister and I made gingerbread man ornaments from a different edible-but-you-wouldn't-want-to dough. They baked up lighter tan than the usual gingerbread cookies, had a glossy finish, and were decorated with bits of dough rolled into eyes, mouths etc. They lasted for years, I wouldn't want to swear there's not still one or two of 'em knocking around somewhere.

          2. I have seen kichen gadget ornaments at Menards Home Improvement stores. They usually set up themed trees and have one for cooks. Also www.abcdistributing.com has this type of item but you have to have a business to order from them.

            1. I bought some great copper and stainless ornaments at Williams Sonoma several years ago - if memory serves, I have a whisk, saucepot, kettle, stock pot, and frying pan. Very cute stuff. I have a lot of food and wine related ornaments on my tree, so they fit right in.

              1. You absolutely have to get these: http://www1.gooseberrypatch.com/goose... They have got to be the cutest ornaments!

                I also love the pickle ornament and the story behind it: http://www1.gooseberrypatch.com/goose... We have one of those on our tree, but I think ours came from Pier 1.

                You could probably decorate a whole tree with finds from the dollhouse aisle at Hobby Lobby- just add a hanger of some sort. Might be cheaper than buying ornaments too.

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                1. re: Katie Nell

                  My hubby & I love our pickle ornanment! We got the very same one from Pier 1 - definitely a great addition to a tree.

                2. I also have done food trees in the past. One year I did an all kitchen gadget and one year I did all candy ornaments. They were hard to find but I was able to search the internet and come up with several. I live along the coast of NewEngland and have seen many food related ornaments in the specialty shops. Lobsters, clams etc. I also have collected ornaments that the fast food chains put out. Dunkin Donuts coffee cups, Jack In The Box jack ornaments. I love them all. Have a wonderful holiday season. I'm sure your tree will be wonderful.

                  1. Food and wine go well together...here's an idea for wine cork ornaments that you can make but I'll bet they can be bought also:

                    http://www.allthingschristmas.com/cra...

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                    1. re: Val

                      Val, you're just giving me more excuses to never throw away my wine corks! These are really cute. Thanks for the link!

                      Anne

                      1. re: AnneInMpls

                        Anne, also check out this video from youtube for a reindeer cork ornament, really cute and easy, she shows you step-by-step how to do it which is great for craft-challenged folks like me (plus she's very elegant and pretty--turns out she's an actress, how did she get in this video???!!!)

                        http://www.youtube.com/results?search...

                        I'm currently constructing 6 wine cork trivets or hot pads for my co-workers (who all also love red wine) made from wine corks, otherwise I'd make these reindeer ornaments. Will try to upload photos of what I've done so far, 2 are finished.

                        1. re: Val

                          Off topic for this thread, but I've also seen where you slice a little off one side of the cork so it will lay flat, and then cut a notch in the other side to be used as a placecard holder.

                    2. If you have persimmons, split one in half, core it, then glue the shell back together and use it as an ornament.

                      1. Williams Sonoma had choc covered strawberry ornaments last year but they were sold out when I went to buy them.

                        Ebay?

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                        1. re: Oh Robin

                          Try www.surlatable.com. I think they have chocolate covered strawberries and I know they have some food/food-related ornaments. Love the concept. Wish I could do a food menorah--oh wait, I did one year--Good Housekeeping had a pattern for a gingerbread menorah some years back. What a pain to get the pieces to fit!

                          1. re: Shayna Madel

                            I just got a Sur La Table catalog in the mail today, and they have some of the cutest food ornaments! I love the cupcake one.

                            1. re: Shayna Madel

                              I have this ornament stand that I bought from Crate & Barrel last year. http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family....
                              I think it kind of looks like a menorah. I just love it, and I get so many compliments on it. I use it for Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Hanukkah. Check out ebay for Christopher Radko's beautiful Hanukkah ornaments!

                          2. I use high quality brass and silver cookie cutters-- use beautiful ribbon to hang them. We have cookie cutters in the shape of turkeys, lobster, apples-- you name it. Looks great.

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                            1. re: madisoneats

                              the cookie cutter idea sounds really beautiful.

                              Any large Christmas decor store should have food themed ornaments, as long as you make it there before they're all snapped up. I don't know what area you're looking in. But online, I did a quick search and found this:
                              http://www.bronners.com/foodandbevera...

                            2. If you are feeling a little crafty, I've made mini-food out of Fimo and sculpty clay, available at Michaels and Joanns or your local art store. You can stick an eye screw in the sculpture and ta-da an ornament.

                              I also like to hang cookie cutters on the tree.