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12 Days of Christmas: Day 10 Candy Cane Wreath Giveaway

Welcome!  Thanks for coming and checking out my “Sweet” candy cane wreath. Don’t forget to check out this years 12 Days of Christmas DIY Giveaway too. You never know, you just might win something!


10 Days in to our 12 Days of Christmas DIY and Giveaway brings us to our 2nd and most tasty wreath of the series, a Candy Cane Wreath. I toyed around with all sorts of arrangements from the simple to the most completely intricate and complex. I settled on this particular design for 2 reasons: 1. It’s simple enough to follow (as well as instruct) and 2. it comes together quickly (I did the whole thing including taking pictures during an episode of Bones on Hulu). While there will still be a giveaway for today, due to the fragile nature of candy canes, I’ll be sending out all the components of this wreath to the winner of today’s giveaway for them to re-create their own. Enter to win below:

Step 1: Grab your supplies:

  • Candy Canes – 3 boxes of 12 ($0.98 /box at Walmart)
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Exacto-Knife
  • Glue gun and Glue sticks
  • Foam Board or poster board at least a 4″ x 4″ section

Step 2: Trace a 3″ circle on your foam board. I used an empty ribbon spool to get my circle.
If you can find one, trace a 4″ circle on the outside of your 3″ circle  so that there is a ½” border all around. I free handed mine. It doesn’t have to be perfect. This is simply the skeleton to attach your candy canes to. Cut out your outer circle using your exacto-knife if you’re using foam board or scissors if you’re using poster board. Cut out your inner circle so that your left with a thing ring.Step 3: Taking your scissors, cut off the excess plastic off the straight and hooked ends of your candy canes. This little extra plastic, gets in the way so you’re better off with it gone.Step 4: Taking one of your trimmed candy canes, apply a small dab of hot glue to the foam core and place the end of your candy cane on top of it.
Because the candy canes will be tucked under each other all the way around, you don’t want the hook end of your candy cane to be flat against your work surface. It will need to be raised to accomodate the last candy cane you put in. So BEFORE the glue hardens along your foam board ring, slip an extra candy cane under the hook of candy cane you’re gluing so that the glue will harden holding the candy cane up at an angle.
 Following the instructions for gluing down the first candy cane, apply glue to the foam ring and also a small amount on the bottom candy cane where the two will overlap. Gluing the candy canes in two places will give you a little extra rigidity.Continue this process all the way around, slipping the last candy cane into the space we created when we glued the first candy cane on an angle. Step 5: Now to fashion something to hang the wreath from. Take a section of ribbon, i used this striped ribbon from Avery’s 1st birthday party. It’s 7/8″ wide by 10″ long. Fold you ribbon in half and tuck the loop through one of the candy cane hooks on your wreath like what you seen below.Run the ends up and over the candy cane’s hook and through the ribbon loop.
Carefully tighten the ribbon around the candy cane’s hook and tie a simple knot at the end to hang your wreath from. When all is complete, you have a deliciously festive wreath. This project is simple enough that when the time for it to be on display is over, you can dissect it and enjoy it with a cup of hot cocoa.

Hope you enjoyed this simple wreath. This would make a great project to do with the kids and it is especially better when you enjoy eating one of the candy canes as you assemble the rest into place. Also a $3 wreath that you can later eat is totally the way to go.



  • Trish

    10.12.2011 at 19:57 Reply

    This is truly an amazing looking wreath!

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  • Beth Hiaumet

    12.12.2011 at 23:52 Reply

    OMG I have not sent out the cards yet. I think about it like 100 times a day, thanks for another reminder 🙂

  • Marge Haynes

    11.01.2012 at 00:07 Reply

    This wreath deserves to win. I love it. I will make 2 of these next Xmas for my kitchen windows.

  • Crafty

    28.08.2012 at 09:31 Reply

    Thanks for the fabulous instructions! I tried making one of these based off of a picture & failed miserably. THIS I know I can do! Thanks again.

    • Michelle

      28.08.2012 at 14:28 Reply

      You are most welcome. I’m notorious for seeing something and thinking “Oh I can do that!” only to find myself elbow deep in hot glue “strings” and in way over my head. But the Crafts must go on!

  • Barbie

    03.09.2012 at 10:39 Reply

    LOVE this! I think it would be a brilliant gift idea for a teacher or a group of friends that you simply dont have any ideas for! I also picture adding a couple little “ornaments” of some sort like at the top of the ring…when giving it as a gift it would be cute to give it with a little bag of hit cocoa! Thanks-for sure giving this one a go!

  • Della Moulin

    11.09.2012 at 19:09 Reply

    love this ! goinmg to try it this christmas . Thanks.

  • dela callahan

    12.09.2012 at 18:43 Reply

    I just love this wreath!!!!!!!

  • Cherish

    06.10.2012 at 09:14 Reply

    Saw this on Pinterest and just had to comment. Love the wreath! I’ll be making at least one this year. Great idea & thanks for the tutorial.

  • Tara

    18.10.2012 at 09:59 Reply

    Hi there! I thought that this was so great that I featured it in my “100 Jolly Christmas Crafts & Decorations”! Have a great day!

    • Michelle

      18.10.2012 at 12:29 Reply

      thanks for the love!

  • Roberta

    27.10.2012 at 20:54 Reply

    Have you ever made the candy cane wreath with the small candy canes? Was wondering about making small ones for ornaments. I have a hot chocolate party every year for some kids and thought the small ones would be easier for them to make. This project will be for 5 year olds and up.

    I love the wreath,

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  • Anne Hernandez

    02.11.2012 at 15:22 Reply

    LOVE this! I see a girls craft night idea, and it’s easy enough that we can even pull it off if drinking a little wine – I mean hot chocolate. ;oD

  • Lynn Futch

    03.11.2012 at 10:36 Reply

    I went one step further and bought plastic candy canes and it worked great

  • Julie

    04.11.2012 at 16:11 Reply

    I think this is so cute. I found plastic candy canes at Dollar Tree, so I am going to try and make the wreath with those.

  • Rebecca

    17.11.2012 at 19:24 Reply

    I never realized how heavy this candy cane wreath would be until I finished. I took a little saucer and hot glued it to the back of the candy canes. Then used a plate hook on the back to hang it, topping it off with a small bow. Beautiful!

    • Michelle

      18.11.2012 at 07:00 Reply

      Rebecca, I’d love to see pictures of your finished wreath! That goes for everyone, I’d love to post some pictures of everyone’s recreations.

  • Kori

    25.11.2012 at 16:58 Reply

    Just finished my wreath & it looks great, however, it keeps breaking. I can’t even get it off of my work station. I’m afraid to hang it on a door that gets used often. I think I’ll use plastic canes next time.

    • Michelle

      26.11.2012 at 16:51 Reply

      I did run into the same problem a few weeks after it was created. Definitely if this wreath is intended to be used long term and in a highly trafficked area going the artificial route is recommended. Also to that extent, rough the edges of the plastic canes where you’ll be gluing together since long term, the hot glue can proove to be no match for the slick plastic. Glad it turned out for you.

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  • Diane

    19.12.2012 at 13:08 Reply

    This wreath excites me, it’s beautiful and I am heading to the store as we speak to get my supplies . Great Idea.


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  • SarahN

    05.12.2013 at 05:07 Reply

    Just made one – with green and red and white candy canes – thanks to Lois featuring this on her blog. I’ll get it up on my blog in the next few days. Nice work!

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    21.12.2013 at 21:25 Reply

    That was a really fun craft. I hope it lasts over the fireplace. We don’t use the fireplace much. I was impressed how easy and fun that was to make. Thanks for sharing!

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