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Rustic Twine Candy Cane Ornaments

When I was a kid, we’d always decorate the Christmas tree with candy canes. Other things, too, of course, but we always put up a box of candy canes and tried really hard to wait until after Christmas to eat them. In Hawaii, mints, candy canes, cough drops, gum, and basically everything else has a tendency to turn gooey and mushy after a while. (Depending on the weather and humidity, sometimes a very short while!) That’s why I decided to create and share these rustic twine candy cane ornaments! With this technique, you can spruce up faux candy canes to create an ornament that will last for years, regardless of the humidity.

rustic twine wrapped candy cane ornamentsMaterials needed for rustic twine wrapped candy cane ornaments

  • Plastic candy canes! I got some as an inexpensive add on item with Amazon Prime. It doesn’t matter what color they are because you’ll be covering them up!
  • Twine. I experimented with different types of twine and I found that fairly narrow twine, but not the super narrow, smooth hemp cord you use to make bracelets, works best. Unless your candy canes are oversized, thicker twine is more difficult to use. I imagine baker’s twine would be pretty cute, too!
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Ribbons and additional decorations (berries, springs, tiny pinecones, etc) – totally optional. I cut apart small pine and berry spray and used the pieces.

If you live somewhere with candy cane-friendly weather, you might be able to make these with ‘real’ candy canes, but be careful because I suspect the hot glue would melt the plastic wrapper and leave you with semi-exposed candy that might attract bugs.

plastic candy canes


How to make simple twine candy cane ornaments

Wrapping a candy cane will probably take more twine than you’d guess! I recommend not cutting any twine off the spool until you’re almost finished wrapping a candy cane.

1. Heat your glue gun!

2. Lay about an inch of twine down the candy cane, as shown.

an-inch-of-twine

3. Add hot glue around the bottom of the candy cane, then begin wrapping it with twine. Make sure to work quickly, before the glue has a chance to set, and carefully (so you don’t burn your fingers!) You may need to make a couple of wraps that go around existing wraps to help the twine stay in place at the end (you can see in the photo below that not all the wraps are completely on the candy cane – some loop over the twine).

wrap

4. Continue wrapping up the candy cane, making sure your wraps are snug and close together. Every few inches, you can add a dab of glue to help hold everything in place, if you’d like (I’ve tried both with and without extra glue and both ways work fine.)

continue-wrapping

5. When you get just a few wraps from the end, go ahead and cut your twine. Cut it so you’ll have about an extra inch or so more than you’ll need to finish wrapping. If you’re not sure how much this will be, go ahead and finish wrapping the candy cane without adding hot glue and then cut the twine. Unwrap the last few wraps, then add hot glue and rewrap. Add a dab of glue to the very end of the candy cane then curl the extra twine in place to conceal it, as shown:

wrap-the-end

6. Your twine candy cane ornaments are basically finished now!

rustic twine wrapped candy canes

However, they can be made even more cute by adding extra decorations, like ribbons, greenery, berries, and pinecones. I glued each piece of greenery in place, then lightly added a bit more glue for each berry, then tied everything in place/concealed the glue with a piece of 1/4″ ribbon.

rustic twine wrapped candy cane ornaments

These cuties would look great on a tree, on wreaths, or as part of a tablescape! No matter how you use yours, I hope you enjoy. =)

What ornaments did you always put on the tree as a kid? Anyone else try to sneak candy canes off the tree ahead of time?

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  • Duni December 19, 2016, 09:04

    Last time I wanted real candy canes I had to look for them in the big city. Your version turned out so cute! I would probably attach one to the top of a gift!

    • Natashalh December 19, 2016, 09:30

      I didn’t think of that (probably because I’m not very good at wrapping), but these would make such a sweet gift topper! Thank you for the idea. =)

  • Rose December 19, 2016, 10:35

    Super cute! I love the concept of having faux candy cane ornaments to pull out year after year, even if you don’t live in a humid climate. I also love Duni’s idea of putting them on top of presents.

    • Natashalh December 20, 2016, 15:40

      Having something that you don’t have to buy anew each year is always a plus. =)

      I’m always in awe of people who can wrap gifts prettily. It’s just not a knack I have!

  • Julie December 22, 2016, 17:30

    I have some real candy canes up on my tree, but yeah, I think they’re probably one gooey mess..! Oh well! These are super cute and look super easy to make! Saving it down for next year!

  • BeadedTail December 26, 2016, 13:45

    Those are super cute! I didn’t see this until after Christmas but I’m saving for next year!

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