- Rustic Twine Wrapped Candy Cane Ornament
- Candy Cane Ornament
- Can I Make This Larger for My Front Yard?
- What Type of Wire Do I need for This Ornament?
- Supplies Needed
- How to Make a Rustic Candy Cane Ornament
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- Sprinkle Christmas Ornament
- Gumdrop Christmas Tree Ornament
- Ribbon Candy Christmas Trees
- Bubble Gum Ornaments
- Candy Cane Holiday Decoration
- Gingerbread Ornaments
- Chocolate Truffle Christmas Ornaments
- Hershey’s Kissmas Mouse
- Candy Cane Rudolf Ornament
- DIY Candy Cane Heart
- Rustic Twine Candy Cane Ornaments
- Materials needed for rustic twine candy cane ornaments
- How to make simple twine candy cane ornaments
- Fun Ways to Decorate With Candy Canes
- Bright Holiday Candleholder
- Rebellious Cane Mohawk
- Minty Centerpiece
- Sweet Reindeer
- Flavorful Tree Ornaments
- Red and White Topiaries
- Candy Cane Tree
- Twine-Wrapped Canes
- Christmas Hearts
- Simple Place Card Holders
- Elf on the Shelf Ladder
- Tasty Ugly Sweater
- Extra Spirited Beard
- A Minty Fresh Holiday
Rustic Twine Wrapped Candy Cane Ornament
This homemade candy cane ornament is a great rustic addition to your Christmas tree this year. It’s so easy to make with just a few simple items and I love how you can customize it.
I’ve used twine and a bit of red ribbon, but you can easily wrap it with white and red fabric to look a traditional candy cane instead.
Use some real candy canes for these fun candy cane decorations. The candy cane shape and the colorful red and white stripes scream Christmas. They look great alongside this festive mitten Christmas garland on the mantle.
Candy Cane Ornament
When I was thinking of different ways to add some rustic elements to my holiday decorations, I almost forgot about how candy canes are so iconic for the holiday.
I have them everywhere in my decorations, but mostly the real candy kind. This time, I wanted to add some rustic fake candy canes to the decorations, and I thought, why not make my own?
This craft was simple and super fun to come up with. Especially since I realized how fast I could make them with the right kind of wire. It was easy to add them all over my house, tree, and even, make some larger ones to go in my front yard.
I think this list of wooden signs for Christmas decorating has some great options that would benefit from a simple candy cane hanging on the sides. Another option would be these “Ho Ho Ho” blocks are such a great addition to your mantle that can easily match this rustic look of candy canes.
Can I Make This Larger for My Front Yard?
Yes! That’s one of the reasons I love this idea. You can make them any size you want. I already love adding decorations outside these Christmas door decorations, outdoor Christmas decorations, and especially these snowman porch decorations.
There are tons of options for decorating outside your house and in your yard.
Just use a larger piece of wire and cut to the size you prefer. I the idea of making several candy cane ornaments in a multitude of sizes to put around the outside of my house a fence.
It’s so fun to decorate with these! You can use a variety of different ribbons and fabrics to make your candy canes so they are all different colors.
What Type of Wire Do I need for This Ornament?
You will need something that is stiff enough to hold shape, but flexible enough to bend. Some great ideas for this project are to use floral wire or craft wire you find in the craft store.
These come in a variety of thicknesses and sizes so you can customize them to your needs.
The other option that is easy and inexpensive, is to use a simple wire hanger from your closet. They are fairly simple to bend, and they can be snapped apart easily with some wire cutters or pliers you have in your toolbox.
I’ve used them for many of my favorite decorations.
Check out this list of gorgeous Christmas garland ideas to go on your mantle this year. You may also enjoy this list of wine bottle Christmas decorations to add to your repurpose and upcycle crafting this season.
- Flexible Wire
- Rustic rope￼
- Red decorated rustic ribbon
- Decorative jingle bells
- Hot glue gun and glue
How to Make a Rustic Candy Cane Ornament
To begin, you will need to cut the wire to length needed.
Next, you will take the rope and attach it to one end of the wire with hot glue. Begin folding it around the wire candy cane.
Continue wrapping the wire gluing every few inches as needed until the entire wire has been covered.
Once the wire has been completely wrapped, you will bend into the shape of a candy cane.
Next, cut a piece of ribbon and tie it into a bow then attach it to the middle of the candy cane with a bit of hot glue.
Add on a few jingle bells with hot glue.
Lastly, tie or glue a bit of twine or ribbon to the top for hanging this ornament on the tree.
Add this candy cane ornament to your tree.
10 Candy Xmas Ornaments You Can Make with Kids
Are your kids decking the halls and bouncing off walls while waiting for Santa to arrive? Keep them busy this holiday with these edible and candy-themed ornaments! They’re sure to keep their hands and minds occupied while you get ready for company, wrap presents, and enjoy the holiday season.
Peppermint Holiday Ornament
Whether you have stale peppermints lying around or a big bag you can’t use up all on your own, don’t worry! You can try these melted peppermint ornaments. While this one involves, the oven, you can enlist your little helpers to tie ribbon once they’re cooled, and help hang them on the tree.
If you want these ornaments to last, coat them in polyeurethane and let them dry before hanging. That’ll keep them from getting sticky or going bad. Need supplies? Shop for red or green peppermints and holiday shaped cookie cutters to make these ornaments at home.
Sprinkle Christmas Ornament
These are perhaps one of the easiest edible Christmas ornaments you can make. Buy the fillable ornaments (plastic preferred), sprinkles from the grocery store, and whatever ribbon you’d to decorate the hooks at the top. Your kids can snack while they pack these orbs, and enjoy looking at their handiwork once these ornaments are hung on the tree.
These ornaments also look beautiful with red and green M&Ms, red hots, and other smaller candies. Choose whatever candy look you love best for these. Just make sure to dump them out at the end of the season, so you don’t open a box to find something nasty next year!
Gumdrop Christmas Tree Ornament
If you’re already planning on making a gingerbread house and have lots of gumdrops on-hand, try making this DIY gumdrop Christmas ornament! This is another craft you’ll want to use for the season, and then toss in the trash before packing up decorations and putting them in storage.
If you need the supplies, you can shop for gumdrops in bulk on CandyStore.com, and find the large foam balls online. Just make sure you tell the kiddos to keep their snacking to a minimum, or you’ll run gummies to finish your decorations!
Ribbon Candy Christmas Trees
Now, these ribbon candy Christmas trees aren’t edible, but they’re candy-themed, so they made the list. While you won’t be able to eat these, they have a better benefit: they aren’t perishable, so you can use them season after season!
Choose varying printed and solid ribbon in Christmas colors for these ribbon candy trees. And, make sure to choose fun big beads for layering in between. We suppose you could use caramels or another wrapped candy in lieu of beads, but then these wouldn’t be able to be saved for the following holiday.
Bubble Gum Ornaments
Christmas trees vary in style; some have a metallic and tinsel theme, others are more eclectic. If you opt for a whimsical Christmas tree design this year, you absolutely must make these cute bubble gum ornaments. They won’t require any dangerous tools (so they’re super safe for kids), and can be made in minutes.
To recreate this look, bring home cellophane, twine, and large colorful ornaments. Or, you can fill cellophane with real candies. The choice is up to you!
Candy Cane Holiday Decoration
Give your Christmas tree a rustic and inviting look by wrapping candy canes in twine! These are simple to make and can be left entirely to the kids if you use Elmer’s glue and safety scissors. The candy canes also make great gift tags and add a special touch when tied to the top of presents.
If you want to use these next year and seasons to come, use faux candy canes. While it takes a while for candy canes to spoil, they eventually will. Candy canes are also fragile, so using a wooden or metal form would ensure they stay intact.
Make gingerbread men to eat, and ones to go on the tree! Gingerbread is used for baking and decorating because it hardens and smells wonderful. However, you need to use non-edible cinnamon ornament dough if you plan on keeping these for future Christmas’s.
Change up the colors with an assortment of candy canes, and use your icing to give these gingerbread men their own unique style.
Chocolate Truffle Christmas Ornaments
It’s really amazing what cheap supplies and some imagination can do. With spherical plastic ornaments, spray paint, epoxy, some glitter, and faux cranberries, you can make something that looks it belongs in a high-end shop! We will warn you that this craft is a bit more technical, so older kids are better suited for it.
Since these homemade Christmas ornaments are so lovely, they’re perfect to put on your own tree or give out as gifts! It’s always nice to give presents at the office, school, or in social groups around the holiday, and you can do so without spending a ton when you make these pretty chocolate truffle ornaments.
Hershey’s Kissmas Mouse
Hershey’s Kisses have been a part of the holiday season ever since its classic bell commercial came out in 1989. Celebrate the season in a delicious way with these Kissmas mice ornaments!
Aside from the Hershey’s Kisses, you’ll need googly eyes, hot glue, fishing line, and pink felt to make these adorable mice. You can even add a small pink or black pom pom to the end of the kiss for a cute little nose.
Candy Cane Rudolf Ornament
Candy canes are so versatile! This is the third iteration on the list, and totally different than the others. Teach your children the Rudolf the Red Nosed Reindeer song and have them sing along while making these adorable reindeer candy cane ornaments.
The button nose, googly eyes, and burlap makes these ornaments super cute and unique. Have your kids sign their names and date each ornament, so you can smile each year you unwrap and hang these ornaments. Here’s a tip: don’t glue the candy canes into the burlap. That way, you can replace them if they break and from season to season.
DIY Candy Cane Heart
Over the last few weeks I found myself buying a ton of Christmas decorations and when I saw these candy canes in the store I knew they could be used for more than a Christmas decoration.
We all know that Valentines Day comes right after Christmas and gets here before you know it. I just knew somehow that I could turn these candy canes into the perfect heart.
I love decorating for the holidays and I know this heart will be an amazing addition to my valentine decor.
For this project you will need the following supplies:
1. Plastic candy canes ( I am using 2 plastic canes that I got from my Walmart)
2. Chunky yarn
3. Lace fabric
4. A glue gun
5. A pair of scissors
I am using large plastic candy canes, but this project can be done with whatever size candy canes you’d prefer to use. The first thing I did was place my candy canes on the floor into the shape of a heart so I knew exactly where to glue them together.
Next, starting at the bottom of the candy canes, I glued the candy canes together and then began wrapping around the chunky yarn.
I overlapped with glue and yarn a few times to be sure the candy canes will be secured together. I then began to work my way up one of the candy canes.
Once I reached the top, which is where the curves of the heart meet, I added more glue to secure the candy canes together.
Once I glued the candy canes together I did the same thing that I did at the bottom of the candy canes. I added glue and then overlapped the yearn a few times in order to make sure that the candy canes were secured together.
After I secured the candy canes together I began wrapping my chunky yarn down the side of the other candy cane. Once I finished I added some more glue to secure the end piece of yarn in place. Once you’ve done this you should have a yarn wrapped heart!
If you guys know me then you know I can’t just leave my heart finished at this point. I felt it needed something else so I decided to add some lace to it. I to keep a lot of lace and fabric on hand so I took a piece of lace I already had and placed it over the top of the heart.
I began to lift sections of the lace and hot glue it to the top of my heart. After I added hot glue to a section I then pressed down on the lace for a few seconds to make sure it would stay.
I continued to do this around the entire heart. Once I glued down all of the lace and was sure it was glued in place I cut off the excess lace to complete my heart.
I absolutely love how this heart turned out! It can be used so many ways throughout your home and that is what I love about it. It would make a great wreath for your front door or it could be used as a simple decoration on your fireplace mantel.
I added my own touch by adding the lace, but you could add any type of fabric to really make this project your own. If you love to add color to your home you could easily use a colored chunky yarn and incorporate the color of your home decor into this project.
I personally love the look of the chunky yarn and lace together, but I hope you all will give this DIY a try and put your own twist on it. I loved the finished product and think you all will too!
Rustic Twine Candy Cane Ornaments
When I was a kid, we’d always decorate the Christmas tree with candy canes. Other things, too, of course, but we always put up a box of candy canes and tried really hard to wait until after Christmas to eat them.
In Hawaii, mints, candy canes, cough drops, gum, and basically everything else has a tendency to turn gooey and mushy after a while. (Depending on the weather and humidity, sometimes a very short while!) That’s why I decided to create and share these rustic twine candy cane ornaments!
With this technique, you can spruce up faux candy canes to create an ornament that will last for years, regardless of the humidity.
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Materials needed for rustic twine candy cane ornaments
- Plastic candy canes! It doesn’t matter what color they are because you’ll be covering them up!
- Twine. I experimented with different types of twine and I found that fairly narrow twine, but not the super narrow, smooth hemp cord you use to make bracelets, works best. Unless your candy canes are oversized, thicker twine is more difficult to use. I imagine baker’s twine would be pretty cute, too!
- Hot glue & glue gun (confused by all the different types of hot glue? Make sure to check out my top 10 hot glue tips & tricks!)
- Ribbons and additional decorations (berries, springs, tiny pinecones, etc) – totally optional. I cut apart small pine and berry spray and used the pieces.
If you live somewhere with candy cane-friendly weather, you might be able to make these with ‘real’ candy canes, but be careful because I suspect the hot glue would melt the plastic wrapper and leave you with semi-exposed candy that might attract bugs.
How to make simple twine candy cane ornaments
Wrapping a candy cane will probably take more twine than you’d guess! I recommend not cutting any twine off the spool until you’re almost finished wrapping a candy cane.
1. Heat your glue gun!
2. Lay about an inch of twine down the candy cane, as shown.
3. Add hot glue around the bottom of the candy cane, then begin wrapping it with twine. Make sure to work quickly, before the glue has a chance to set, and carefully (so you don’t burn your fingers!)
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You may need to make a couple of wraps that go around existing wraps to help the twine stay in place at the end (you can see in the photo below that not all the wraps are completely on the candy cane – some loop over the twine).
4. Continue wrapping up the candy cane, making sure your wraps are snug and close together. Every few inches, you can add a dab of glue to help hold everything in place, if you’d (I’ve tried both with and without extra glue and both ways work fine.)
5. When you get just a few wraps from the end, go ahead and cut your twine. Cut it so you’ll have about an extra inch or so more than you’ll need to finish wrapping.
If you’re not sure how much this will be, go ahead and finish wrapping the candy cane without adding hot glue and then cut the twine. Unwrap the last few wraps, then add hot glue and rewrap.
Add a dab of glue to the very end of the candy cane then curl the extra twine in place to conceal it, as shown:
6. Your twine candy cane ornaments are basically finished now!
They can be made even more cute by adding extra decorations, ribbons, greenery, berries, and pinecones.
I glued each piece of greenery in place, then lightly added a bit more glue for each berry, then tied everything in place/concealed the glue with a piece of 1/4″ ribbon.
These cuties would look great on a tree, on wreaths, or as part of a tablescape! No matter how you use yours, I hope you enjoy. =)
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What ornaments did you always put on the tree as a kid? Anyone else try to sneak candy canes off the tree ahead of time?
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Fun Ways to Decorate With Candy Canes
When the holidays roll around, it's easy to grab a box of candy canes and hang them on the tree every other year. But this year, you want to jazz it up a bit. Luckily, there are many different ways to decorate with these minty canes. In fact, some ideas may even inspire more holiday magic for your DIY decorations.
There's nothing leaving a first impression and what better way to do so during the holiday season than by making your own unique candy cane wreath? The design options are endless.
Whether you add them to an evergreen wreath or let them be the star of the show, candy canes are the perfect way to welcomes guests into your home during the holidays.
Use hot glue to stick candy canes together or to adhere the candy canes to an evergreen wreath. Create your own fun, creative design with them!
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Bright Holiday Candleholder
This is an easy way to make your spirits just a little brighter this holiday season. Thanks to some festive candy canes, this candleholder will complement your favorite Christmas scented candles.
Go above and beyond by finding a peppermint candle so your holder will smell just it looks! All you have to do to create this craft is hot glue either peppermint sticks or candy canes next to each other on a glass candle holder.
Rebellious Cane Mohawk
Look at this dude rocking a candy cane Mohawk. Talk about lifting the spirits of the holidays to a whole new level. Top this look off with a punked out elf outfit and some Christmas temporary tattoos and you're all set. Heck, good old Kris Kringle would even be jealous of this holiday look.
First, find a flexible stick holder and then put the candy canes in each peg. Add a little glue to the peg holders if you want extra support. Adhere it to your head with either hair clips or by sticking Velcro to your head if you don't have hair.
If you're looking to make a statement during the holiday season, this homemade candy cane centerpiece will do the trick as it screams Christmas time.
Put some of your favorite red and white flowers in the middle to really complete the look.
Find a flower vase that doesn't have any curves along the edges then adhere the candy canes to the vase with hot glue. Glue your favorite ribbon around it too.
Well, of course, Santa needs a special tray to eat his cookies off of, and this peppermint stick platter is a festive way to make it happen. You can even add various colored candy canes or peppermint rounds that you can center some creatively filled and fitted candy canes around. The best part is, you can easily make it every year!
All you have to do is place the candy canes on a baking sheet that has a piece of parchment paper on it. Arrange them however you want. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees and wait at least 30 minutes for it to harden.
How cute are these little guys? Whether you are hanging them on the tree, giving them out as party favors, or initiating a creative project with your kids, these candy cane reindeer are a quirky way to get your festivities on. In fact, they're almost too cute to eat! The key word here is almost.
All you need is small googly eyes, small red puffs, and brown pipe cleaners. Wind the pipe cleaner at the curved end of the candy cane to create antlers then hot glue to adhere. Hot glue eyes and puff balls to create a nose and eyes.
Flavorful Tree Ornaments
Everyone's hung candy canes on their Christmas trees, but this year you should try something a little more unconventional. Melt down your candy canes in your most festive cookie cutters for 15 minutes at 300-degree heat. Hot glue a string or ribbon on the back once they've cooled to hang your new candy cane ornament on your tree. It's a fun craft to do with the kids too.
Red and White Topiaries
Here's a fun way to decorate for a quirky party. It also doubles as a station for party guests to grab something sweet. These candy cane topiaries have all of the red and white you could ever want–Santa hats, candy canes, and little tags that say, “Ho! Ho! Ho!” They're pretty much adorable.
This craft involves a little more time and effort, but you can lessen the load by buying small Santa hats. Paint a wooden dowel to look a candy cane and stick in a Styrofoam square you adhere within your bowl, cup, or flower pot you're using as your base. Use cone-shaped Styrofoam to adhere the hats to the dowels.
Paint the outside of the flower pots to decorate then add candy canes in your base.
Candy Cane Tree
These fun little trees are open for creativity. Whether you use traditional candy canes, mini candy canes, peppermint circles, or even Red Hots, you can make your own minty forest with ease.
Add little red and gold Christmas tree ornaments around the trees to make a centerpiece. Get various sizes of Styrofoam cones and hot glue them to either silver or gold candle holders.
Then hot glue the candy to the cones however you'd .
If you're looking to celebrate Christmas in a more rustic and traditional way, these folksy-style twine-wrapped candy canes are the way to go. Plus, they have adorable little jingle bells on them! Too cute! Hang them on your tree, use them to decorate your dinner table for your big Christmas dinner party, or complete your rustic décor by making these simple decorations.
Hot glue twine to your candy canes in a spiral. Then glue on some holiday trimming and a festive ribbon. Easy.
Sometimes simple crafts speak volumes especially come holiday times. Simply hot glue two candy canes facing each other to make a heart shape and attach a bow to finish off these candy cane hearts. Hang them on your Christmas tree, place them on dinnerware during a holiday dinner party, or spread them throughout your living room with your other décor.
Simple Place Card Holders
They're quick, simple, and adorable. They're candy cane placeholders! All you have to do is glue three mini candy canes together so that the rounded side faces the table, and viola–you have a place card holder for your delicious holiday meal. You can even set these babies up at your buffet to let guests know what each dish is.
Elf on the Shelf Ladder
What shenanigans is the Elf on the Shelf up to now? Help him out with his holiday hijinks by creating a candy cane ladder for this little mischievous guy by simply hanging a strand of prepackaged candy canes for him to climb. Use some double-sided tape to secure him to his ladder and be prepared for some elf-y tomfoolery.
Tasty Ugly Sweater
Talk about taking the holidays to the extreme! Grab and old sweater, some tinsel, tree ornaments, candy canes, and whatever other festive items you want to don on your holiday sweater, then go to town attaching them with your handy hot glue gun however you see fit. You're sure to win the most spirited guest award for sure! There's no right or wrong answer here.
Extra Spirited Beard
Here's a way to get your man into the holiday spirit–involve his facial hair! Extra points if his beard is long enough that you can actually tie the candy canes to him using his whiskers.
Otherwise, use beard wax to curl his whiskers a Christmas tree and attach with some double-sided tape. Make sure to use mini candy canes so they actually adhere.
Get him a cute little Santa hat or headband to really complete his look.
A Minty Fresh Holiday
Sure candy canes are a traditional way to decorate for the holidays, but they don't always have to follow the traditional guidelines. Whether you turn them into a centerpiece, change their look when hanging them on the tree, or wear them on your holiday sweater–candy canes will continue to surprise you with their versatile décor options.