18 DIY ideas for candy cane decorations: Easy tips and tricks on decorating for Christmas

Written by Kristiyana Burdeva

A little more than a week left until the most wonderful time of year! Are you excited? I sure am! How can I not be, when I spent so much of my time thinking about how I can spice things up with my Christmas decorations this year. Many of my friends and family will be visiting us for the holidays, and I wanted to create a special festive atmosphere which we can all enjoy. And you know which decorations turn out the best, right? DIY ones, of course! Nothing better than making something with your own hands, and with the help of those closest to you. I personally am thinking of making some delicious-looking candy cane decorations, as there are so many great ideas on how to use them when decorating for Christmas. Want to try some of these ideas yourself? I though so! Hang on tight, and let’s look at 18 super easy and cheap ideas on candy cane decorations!

DIY Candy cane Christmas garland

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Let’s start off on our candy cane decorations ideas with this cute heart candy garland. Share some love with your friends and family by attaching two candy canes together with hot glue. Tie them with red twine like in the picture to secure. Loop over more twine and hang your sweet Christmas garland.

Candy cane Christmas tree decor

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Yummy yum! It sure will be hard to resist not taking a lick out of this candy cane Christmas tree, but I think it will be worth it. Might take a little more time to create than the garland, but who wouldn’t want this awesome decoration for their Christmas Eve dining table?

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What about making some candy cane swirly Christmas trees?


Place 3 candy cane sticks on a tray, lined with baking paper. Bake in an oven set to 225 °F /110 °C until the canes are pliable, about 2 to 6 minutes. Take a Styrofoam form, and from the bottom, start to quickly wrap the candy canes around it. Trim if needed. Do this until the form is fully covered. Take starlight mints and attach them with hot glue to the tree. Place red hots on top of them. For the star, you will need to melt peppermint candies in a star-shaped form. Or you can glue another candy of your choice.

DIY idea for peppermint candy bowl

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More delicious-looking candy decorations! I can’t think of a better way to serve sweets to your guests this Christmas than in a bowl actually made from sweets! Wouldn’t you agree? Want to learn how to make them? Watch the easy video tutorial below!

Peppermint bowl—Video Tutorial

Candy cane sleds Christmas decor

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More unique ways to serve sweets? You bet! Take a small jewellery box and wrap it with a holiday ribbon. Place double-sided tape to hold the ribbon. Apply hot glue to two candy canes and attach them to the bottom of the box. Fill with candy.

Hanging candy cane decorations

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What about hanging some beautiful candy cane heart decorations on your walls? These will surely bring Christmas cheer to you and your family!

DIY candy cane Christmas wreath

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Doesn’t this DIY Christmas wreath made from candy canes look delightful? To make it, you will first need to wrap a foam wreath form in white ribbon. Then, with the help of hot glue, stick candy canes and peppermint balls until the form is no longer visible. Take a red ribbon, and loop it around the top of your DIY wreath to hang.

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You can also make this festive candy cane heart wreath and hang it on your door for maximum effect!

Holiday candy cane shot glasses

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Let’s get our drinks up this Christmas by celebrating it with DIY candy cane shot glasses! Drinking your holiday cocktails out of these glasses with make the experience all the more festive.

DIY peppermint candy shot glasses

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You can also make these super sweet shot glasses with peppermint candy! Who wouldn’t want to take a shot of hot chocolate with a bit of booze in this unique glass?

Candy cane Christmas tree ornaments

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And we can’t have an article about candy cane decorations without including some sweet DIY Christmas tree ornaments ideas! The problem you might face here is deciding on with design to go with. But why not try them all?

DIY candy cane vase centrepiece

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And if you are in need of a cheap, but stunning Christmas centrepiece decoration, here is an idea for that as well! To make it, you just need to attach candy canes to a glass vase with hot glue. Then tie a red ribbon around the centre and fill it with an elegant winter flowers arrangement.

Elf on the shelf candy prison decor

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Looking for some hilarious decorations for Christmas? Why don’t you create a prison out of candy canes to punish the naughty elf on the shelf for eating all the delicious candy that you left for Santa!

DIY idea for peppermint candy platter

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Check out this tasty-looking idea for a food platter! Create the peppermint candy platter by placing a big amount of peppermints in a tray covered with baking paper. Put in the oven on 350 °F /180 °C for about 5-6 minutes. After the candy has melted, wait for the platter to harden for a few hours, and it will be ready for use.

Candy cane elf on the shelf ladder

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And last, but not least, if your elf on the shelf has been good, instead of naughty, why not create a cute candy cane ladder for him, so he can go on his thrilling adventures? This DIY Christmas decoration will surely be a hit among children!

I hope you enjoyed looking at these delicious DIY ideas on candy canes decorations. I certainly had loads of fun with them. Now off you go to buy out all the candy canes in your local supermarket, and create some fantastic Christmas decorations!




Kristiyana Burdeva is a content writer interested in the latest trends when it comes to hairstyles, fashion, makeup, interior design and tattoos. She loves to travel, and often embarks on road trips with her friends. Kristiyana likes to spend time in nature, going on hikes and camping trips. Ever since she can remember, she has loved to share her personal thoughts and opinions through writing and enjoys reading classical literature works.   Experience 
  • Author at Deavita.net since 2022, Kristiyana has written over 300 articles on various topics related to hairstyles, fashion, makeup, interior design, tattoo art, healthy lifestyle and kitchen recipes.
  • Prior to working at Deavita.net, Kristiyana worked as a freelance writer for various projects.
  • Her interest in hairstyles started back in late 2016 when she first started experimenting with hair dyes, and has been dyeing her own hair and that of close acquaintances ever since
  • Kristiyana has experience in working for a beauty company that sells luxurious cosmetics, which sparked her interest in learning about and establishing a quality skincare routine.
  • When it comes to cooking, she loves trying out new recipes, especially ones with various kinds of spices and herbs, and enjoys cooking for her family and friends.
  • In her yearly years, Kristiyana was very fond of drawing and painting and went on to study Arts for a brief period, and follows many artists on social media till date, tattoo artists included.
Education  Kristiyana went on to study in a specialized high school for English and German, and her love for the languages continues to date. She obtained a bachelor's degree in English and American studies. During her studies, she wrote numerous essays, poetry works, short stories and translated different texts. She was also involved in many volunteering programs, where she helped to educate children that came from unstable communities, or projects connected with the European Solidarity Corps.

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