How to make a candy train from the Dollar Tree

by Angela Davis on December 18, 2012

I was fiddling around on the internet and found the world’s best craft for the non-crafty mom that I am over at One Hundred Dollars a Month. Candy Trains. The only supplies needed were wrapped candy and a glue gun. I can purchase candy and I have friends with glue guns, so I decided to give it a try.

This is a great craft for an upcoming Christmas event or to occupy your kids after school this week as they wait for Winter Break to arrive (when will it ever come???).

I made a list of candy and quickly found ingredients at the Dollar Tree. Seven packages of candy equals $7. Totally doable. I had to modify the ingredients from Mavis’s post, but I was able to find items that would work well. I was impressed with the selection of snacks at my Dollar Tree. Make sure you check the candy aisle, the Christmas section and the registers for all the options (I found the gum and the mints at the register).

I did my best to select candy, gum and mints in Christmas colors. The Dollar Tree had gum and mints in different colors as well if you want a more colorful train.

Audrey and I talked our friend Rebecca into letting us use her hot glue gun (we traded her for a pizza) and we got to work.

Pretty simple. Just glue each item on with a bunch of hot glue.

We did have to tap the side wrappers of the Andes mints so it would stay down.

The seven bags of candy can easily make four trains and you’ll have plenty leftovers to snack on during your crafting session (or buy more packages of gum and Certs to make additional trains).

If you want people to be able to eat the candy once they are finished enjoying the train you can leave the wrappers on the wheels. We opted to remove them because it looked way sweeter.

See how easy it is? You could continue the fun and assemble box cars and a caboose then string them together for a fun Christmas decoration. You could also select non-Christmas colors and make these as a favor for a train-themed birthday party. Considering the selection of candy at the Dollar Tree, I don’t think you’ll have a problem coming up with tons of options!

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Tara December 23, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! I have been wanting to make these and have all the ingredients except the gum. Gum comes in different packaging these days and I have not been able to find the thin packages. Now I know where to look!!!

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JM December 18, 2012 at 9:50 pm

We have made these before and they are always a hit with all ages. I actually make them with less candy – just a roll of lifesavers for the body of the train, 4 peppermints for the wheels, and a single Hersheys kiss on top for the smokestack. Very cute!!

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Jackie December 18, 2012 at 2:30 pm

this is such a cute idea! thanks for sharing this!!!

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Rebecca December 18, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Or you could get candy from the bulk bins at Winco and just get exactly what you need/want, and probably for cheaper. :)

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Shannon December 18, 2012 at 2:00 pm

I was going to say the same thing. Winco might not pay you to say it like Dollar Tree did but it would be much more frugal to buy candy there.

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Anna December 19, 2012 at 10:52 am

I have a website DEDICATED to the dollar stores, and they have never once paid me to post anything, so I highly doubt our frugal friend here got paid to post this. It could just be that she, like half the country, doesn’t have a Winco and the cheapest place to buy candy (without a coupon) for her is the Dollar Tree. And it just could be that she is trying to help her readers out and make inexpensive cute little trains.

…. hope you realize that Winco only exists in like, 2 states.

I hope you also realize that to buy candy in bulk at Sam’s Club would be about $7 a bag… instead of $7 a project.

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Jennifer December 18, 2012 at 1:02 pm

We always make these trains at Christmas and these Candy Cane Sleighs http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Il7CU9CFP0c also found at dollar tree

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Su December 18, 2012 at 12:37 pm

What a great craft! I’ll have to try this, thanks for sharing!

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