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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.

Michelle

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