Candy Cane Crafts and Decorations – 15 Best Candy Cane Ideas

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What can I make out of candy canes?

The holiday season is quickly approaching and if you haven’t decorated your homes yet, then what are you doing? If you want something new to deck your halls with, then you may want to utilize all the candy canes you bought! Instead of just placing them on the dining table, why not decorate your entire house with it? These DIY Christmas crafts will be perfect for kids and adults alike!

  • Candy Cane Vase. Create an eyecatching candy centerpiece by attaching your candy canes to a glass vase with hot glue, tie a ribbon all around the center, and fill your vase with flowers! 
  • Candy Cane Packaging. Add a little spice (or in this case, sweet!) to your packaging by adding some candy canes and looping it with some ribbons! 
  • Candy Cane Placecard Holders. Greet your guests with these simple yet jolly Christmas cane holders!
  • Candy Cane Stirrers. Add some sweetness to your drinks by using candy canes as stirrers! 
  • Candy Cane Garland. Decorate your wall with this colorful garland by attaching the candy canes together with a hot glue and loop in red twine!
  • Candle Holder. Attach candy cane sticks to a glass pillar candle holder with hot-glue. Wrap with ribbon, and add peppermints or a mini wreath and greenery for decoration.
  • Candy Cane Christmas Tree. Instead of your usual fancy balls, why not hang some candy canes to your tree to make it more festive?

How do you make a candy cane wreath?

When it comes to any holiday celebrations, a wreath is a staple if you want to decorate your home in accordance with the holiday theme. A reason for this is that it welcomes your guests even before they walk past your doorstep! This candy cane wreath can easily be done within 30 minutes to an hour and perfect for a little family crafty bonding this Christmas!


large candy canes

small candy canes/ Snowflake ornament

Hot glue gun



Leave the plastic on the candy canes and then hot glue the top and bottom of each cane to make a heart. Then, take one of the back sides of the heart and hot glue the back side of the candy cane to it. You will want to do this all the way around until you have a complete circle. 

Once you have a circle wreath turn it over and hot glue the back of it completely so that it will not fall apart. Spray with a clear sealant to strengthen the wreath and protect it from getting sticky in warmth and humidity. Use the ribbon to hang the wreath.

DIY candy cane decorations

The appearance of candy canes in stores and houses are is definitely a tell-tale sign that Christmas is here so why not decorate your house with it? Here are easy DIY candy cane decor crafts you and your family will enjoy doing!


15. How to Make a Candy Cane Scavenger Hunt

Get ready to make a jolly addition to the holidays with learning how to make a candy cane scavenger hunt!

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14. Paper Circle Candy Cane

Christmas is coming up fast! Candy canes were always a huge part of my Christmas growing up. Today’s craft is super simple and can be adapted for kids between one and five years old!

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13. Vegan Peppermint Truffles

These vegan peppermint truffles are made with a mix of dark and white chocolate and are topped with a sprinkling of candy cane pieces!

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12. Candy Cane Reindeer Pops

Whenever possible I love reusing the leftover ingredients for one recipe to make another. Last week I shared this super easy Peppermint Puppy Chow and I knew I could come up with something to make using the candy canes and peppermint M&M candies.

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11. How to Make Candy Sleighs

I love giving and receiving homemade Christmas gifts. These easy-to-make candy sleighs are great for gift giving. Make this DIY Christmas gift for teachers, co-workers, classmates, neighbors or anyone who you’d like to treat.

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10. Colored Candy Cane Lollipops

Inspiration often hits me in the clearance isle. When I was after Christmas shopping with my friend Laurie – these colored candy canes caught my attention. Since they weren’t peppermint and traditional white and red, I knew a DIY project was in the works. I saw how two candy canes made a heart shape and knew they would be adorable as a Candy Cane Lollipop!

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9. Edible Candy Cane Slime

Just in time for Christmas — edible candy cane slime that smells and tastes like the real thing!

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8. Candy Cane Wreath

I decided to do a completely different look with my outdoor Christmas decorations this year; I’m shooting for Candyland/ Sugarplum Fairy inspired decorations. The first thing I thought of was a Candy Cane Wreath.

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7. Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cookies

Naughty or nice, baking these cookies will put you on the nice list! Chocolate Candy Cane Crunch Cookies to celebrate the season! Gluten-free and vegan, healthy and delicious, the perfect holiday cookie for kids of all ages!

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6. Religious Candy Cane Craft

This week at my preschool co-op, we’re learning about the letter “j”. It was pretty easy to pick what “j” is for… Jesus!

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5. Candy Cane Cookie Recipe With Actual Mint Flavor!

Christmas is the best time of year to bake, and I especially love making a large variety of Christmas cookies! I have several favorite Christmas cookie recipes, and this one is definitely earning a spot on the list this year!

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4. Candy Cane Christmas Tree Ornament/Gift Topper Craft

A fun and easy craft to do with kids — hang on the Christmas tree, give as a gift or adorn a wrapped gift.

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3. Fabric Scrap Candy Cane Ornaments

My husband always likes to buy a bunch of candy canes to hang on the tree for Christmas. It’s fun for the kids, but I don’t like being left with a bunch of candy canes at the end of the holiday.

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2. Candy Cane Candlesticks Craft

These Candy Cane Candlesticks make the cutest candy cane decorations. Easy and inexpensive candy cane candle holder using candy canes and ribbon.

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1. Snowman Cupcakes Using Marshmallows and Candy

It’s easy to turn your favorite cupcake recipe into holiday snowman cupcakes using marshmallows and candy. Make cupcake decorating a fun Christmas tradition the whole family can enjoy!

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