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Before your candy stash overtakes your home this holiday season, consider making some of these unique Candy Cane Crafts. These are especially fun to make with the entire family!

Candy Cane Crafts

Spread a bit of holiday cheer this Christmas season with these cute candy cane craft ideas.

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Use candy canes to make DIY Christmas decorations and gifts

I’ve come across some pretty fun ideas and amazing projects people have made with candy canes, which is why I wanted to create this roundup post.

There are craft ideas here that are sure to entertain crafty adults and kids of all ages.


As you’ll notice, lots of the candy cane crafts below will call for the candy to be unwrapped. To help keep your crafts from getting sticky, I recommend using an sealing spray or Mod Podge.

By doing so, you can guarantee a nonstick finish with a clear coat that won’t ruin your craft.

Candy Cane Craft Ideas to Keep you crafting all Christmas season long!

Here are some of my favorite candy cane crafts and popular craft ideas from around the web:

Candy Cane Wreath Ideas

These wreath ideas are sure to inspire you to create something pretty awesome for your front door.

DIY Candy Cane Wreaths

1.  Candy Cane Wreath Made with Gift Bows

gift bow candy cane wreath

Source:  Candy Cane Wreath Made with Gift Bows by Aubree Originals

This inexpensive wreath uses something that you can find in abundance – gift bows. If you have some left over after wrapping all your gifts, use them to create this beautiful candy cane bow wreath.

2. $3 Candy Cane Wreath

Candy Cane Wreath

Source: $3 Candy Cane Wreath by At the Picket Fence

Create a circular wreath using overlapped and hot glued candy canes. Easily hang it on your door with a colored ribbon of your choice.

3. Candy Cane Burlap Wreath

Candy Cane Burlap Wreath

Source: Candy Cane Burlap Wreath by The Country Chic Cottage

Classic red and white burlap come together to make this unique candy cane wreath. Follow Country Chic Cottage’s tutorial to see just how easy they are to assemble.

4. Ribbon Wrapped Candy Cane Wreath

Ribbon Wrapped Candy Cane Wreath

Source: Ribbon Wrapped Candy Cane Wreath by Mother Thyme

All you need for this wreath idea are buffalo check ribbon (or another ribbon of your choice), faux cranberries, and burlap ribbon. Oh, and don’t forget your candy cane shaped wreath form. Wrap, apply bow, and tuck cranberries and you’re done!

5. Dollar Store Green and White Candy Cane Wreath

Dollar Store Candy Cane Wreath

Source: 12 Dollar Store Christmas Crafts from The Crazy Craft Lady

Candy Cane Ornaments + Easy Candy Cane Crafts

Instead of hanging regular candy canes on your Christmas tree this year, try some of these candy can ornament ideas.

1. Cursive Candy Cane Ornaments

Cursive Candy Cane Ornaments

Source: Cursive Candy Cane Ornaments by Lines Across

Yes, you can create cursive candy canes that look like they came from a specialty holiday store. Follow the tutorial by Lines Across to make a set of your own.

2. Rustic Candy Cane Ornaments

Rustic Candy Cane Ornaments

Source: Rustic Candy Cane Ornaments by Hidden Springs Homestead

Quickly give your candy cane crafts a rustic look with some patterned burlap ribbon. These would match any theme perfectly and make a really cute ornament.

3. Twine Wrapped Candy Cane Ornaments

Twine Wrapped Candy Cane Ornaments

Source: Twine Wrapped Candy Cane Ornaments by Natasha LH

Carry the farmhouse theme on with these twine-wrapped candy cane ornaments. They are sure to help your Christmas tree stand out.

4. Candy Cane Star Tree Topper

Candy Cane Star Tree Topper

Source: Candy Cane Star Tree Topper by Adeventures of a DIY Mom

Looking for a unique tree topper for your tree? Try this candy cane star tree topper. It uses a combination of candy canes and peppermint candies hot-glued together to make a one-of-a-kind tree topper. This is such an easy Christmas craft!

Decorations Made with Candy Canes

These are some of the cutest candy cane decorations I’ve seen yet.

1. DIY Primitive Candy Canes

DIY Primitive Candy Canes

Source: DIY Primitive Candy Canes by Anderson & Grant

These primitive candy canes are super unique and will help you add a nice decorative touch to your holiday decor.

2. Candy Cane Candlestick

Candy Cane Candlestick

Source: Candy Cane Candlestick by Be What We Love

Help your candlesticks stand out (and smell good) by making a fun candy cane candle holder made from actual candy canes. It’s so easy, your kids can make some too.

3. Candy Cane Christmas Tree

Candy Cane Christmas Tree

Source: Sugar and Charm

4. Candy Cane Vase

Candy Cane Vase

Source: Candy Cane Vase by Living Well Spending Less

If you have lots of candy canes, this project is for you. Show off your faux holiday flowers with a candy cane vase. Follow Living Well Spending Less to see a thorough tutorial of how to create your own.

DIY Candy Cane Tablescapes and Table Decor

1. Candy Cane Name Tags

Candy Cane Name Tags

Source: Candy Cane Name Tags by A Spoonful of Sugar Designs

Let everyone know where they’re sitting in a festive way at your next holiday party. Attach a name tag to a candy cane and finish the look with a sprig of fresh pine. This would also make a fun gift topper.

2. Candy Cane Cupcake Stand

Candy Cane Cupcake Stand

Source: Candy Cane Cupcake Stand by Pizzazzerie

Who knew that melted peppermint candies and candy canes could come together to make such a cute cupcake stand? These are sure to make your holiday party stand out!

Candy Cane Crafts for Kids

Get your kids involved in creating candy cane crafts they’ll enjoy to make (and eat).

1. Candy Cane Elf

Candy Cane Elf

Source: Candy Cane Elf by The Crafty Blog Stalker

Whether you’re a teacher, homeschooler, or just a mom looking for some candy cane fun with her kids – making some of these candy cane elves is sure to be a fun and memorable time. This easy project uses craft supplies you probably have lying around in your craft stash anyway.

2. Candy Cane Reindeer with Pipe Cleaner Antlers

Candy Cane Reindeer

Source: Candy Cane Reindeer by One Little Project

These reindeer candy canes are so easy to make, even your toddler can assemble these. They’ll make awesome gifts for the students in your kiddos’ classroom or to hang on the Christmas tree. All you need is a few candy canes, brown pipe cleaner, googly eyes, and whatever other embellishments you like.

3. Crystal Candy Canes

Crystal Candy Canes

Source: Crystal Candy Canes by Little Bins for Little Hands

Turn ordinary candy canes into a cool science project, something that is sure to keep your kids busy during winter break.

4. Fruit Loop Candy Canes

Fruit Loop Candy Canes

Source: Fruit Loop Candy Canes by So Easy Being Green

A fun – and edible – craft for younger kiddos. This is one that will help them tap into their creative while making a festive snack out of fruit loop cereal. It’s sure to be a huge hit!

5. Candy Cane Table Tags

Candy Cane Table Tags

Source: Candy Cane Table Tags by Crafty Ribbons

These candy cane table tags are the perfect (easy) craft to make, especially if you’re having a gathering over Christmas break or if you have kids who will have a holiday party at school.

Candy Cane Gift Ideas and Sweet Treats to Eat

These candy cane gift ideas are super unique and sure to make the receiver smile.

1. Chocolate Covered Candy Canes

Chocolate Covered Candy Canes

Source: Chocolate Covered Candy Canes by One Sutton Place

Chocolate covered candy canes are an easy treat to make, bag up, and pass out as yummy edible gifts to friends, family, and coworkers. Get creative and use milk chocolate or white chocolate to make these sweet treats.

2. Candy Cane Reindeer Pops

Candy Cane Reindeer Pops

Source: Candy Cane Reindeer Pops by Finding Zest

This cute reindeer gift would make a fantastic party favor sure to satisfy any sweet tooth. Place two mini candy canes in a heart shape, and then fill in with melted chocolate.

3. Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops

Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops

Source: Candy Cane Hot Cocoa Pops by Boulder Locavore

These candy cane hot cocoa pops are the perfect sweet (and warm) treat to gift to those you love.

4. Candy Cane Reindeer Gift Bag

Candy Cane Reindeer Treat bags

Source: Reindeer Treat Bags from Whisking Mama

Jazz up some plain brown paper gift bags to look like reindeer. This easy project is such a fun way to share a holiday treat with friends. Plus, this is such an easy project, the younger kids can help make it.


Fun and Festive Candy Cane Christmas Crafts


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