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Candy Cane Wreath: A Simple DIY Guide

Make a candy cane wreath
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A candy cane wreath makes a cute and festive decoration for any room in your home. Candy canes are tasty symbols of the holiday season, combining Christmas colors and a fun shape. There are lots of ways to incorporate these treats into a pretty wreath for hanging.

Making a Candy Cane Wreath

The best part about making candy cane wreaths is that you're not limited to rigid instructions. There are as many ways to make them as there are colors and flavors of candy canes! Here are several suggestions to spark your creativity.

Transform a Green Wreath

When the holidays are approaching, many craft and home décor shops start featuring those artificial green wreaths that are just begging for adornments.

Polyurethane spray is used to coat wood and other materials to keep them looking new. It can be purchased at most hardware stores. Spraying your candy canes will help to keep the colors from bleeding over time. You can skip this step if you'd like to, but you may have to redo parts of your wreath next season with fresh candy canes.

Here's how to transform a basic wreath into a candy cane masterpiece.


  • Purchased basic green wreath
  • Large and small candy canes
  • Polyurethane spray
  • Florist's wire
  • Florist's tape
  • Small to medium-sized Christmas tree ornaments
  • Wide ribbon or pre-made bow
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks


  • Unwrap candy canes and place on several layers of old newspaper or cardboard. Spray lightly with polyurethane spray and allow to dry. Turn the candy canes over and spray the other side, and allow them to dry once again.
  • Attach short lengths of florist's wire to the bottoms of the candy canes with florist's tape, then wire the canes to the wreath. You can do these randomly all over the wreath, or create small bunches to scatter throughout.
  • Wire or glue the Christmas ornaments to the wreath, and attach the bow to the bottom.

Covering a Styrofoam Wreath

Another way to design a candy cane wreath is to cover a foam wreath form with the canes. Using a hot glue gun, cover the foam wreath with pieces of broken candy canes. Then add layers of whole candy canes in a random pattern, all over the wreath. Decorate with ornaments and add a big bow at the bottom.

The Better Homes and Gardens website has a great instructional page for making this type of wreath. If you want to save a bit of time, you can wrap the foam wreath base in red or green ribbon first, securing it in place with hot glue or stick pins. Then add the candy canes and finish as usual.

If you're planning to make this candy cane wreath, make sure that your hanging wire or ribbon is secure, as the finished project will be quite heavy.

Candy Cane Wreath Made with Yarn

If you're looking for something completely different, this candy cane wreath is made from wire coat hangers and bundles of plush yarn. While they aren't wreaths in the traditional sense, they will keep much longer than those made from real candy. You could make them in a variety of sizes and hang them close together for an eye-catching display.

Tips for Making and Using Candy Cane Wreaths

Wreaths don't have to be restricted to walls and doors! Make a lot of candy cane wreaths and use them in a variety of ways around your home. Here are some suggestions to incorporate the wreaths into your holiday decorating.

  • Use different colors of candy canes to match your décor, or to match the colors of your other holiday ornaments.
  • Place a candy cane wreath on a buffet or dining table. In the center, place a sturdy candle holder and a pillar candle for a pretty centerpiece.
  • Make small candy cane wreaths using miniature canes and hang them on your Christmas tree, or along strands of garland.
Candy Cane Wreath: A Simple DIY Guide