Christmas decor includes more than wreaths! These candy cane door hangers would look amazing hanging anywhere. Use this tutorial to learn how to make this quick and easy Christmas candy cane decoration to add to your inventory.
Hey, y’all! Today, Coach Mel is here to show us how to make a lovely candy cane Christmas decoration that you’re going to want to display all over your home.
Investment professionals teach their clients to diversify. In a sense, the same principle applies to Craftpreneurs.
For example, wreath-makers may start by perfecting their wreath-making craft. But if they reach the point where they want to expand, they may start making door hangers, centerpieces, swags, and more.
Today’s DIY candy cane decoration could be displayed on a door as a door hanger. It would also look amazing on walls, hanging in windows, or on the mantle.
And no matter how you choose to display (or market) it, this Christmas candy cane decoration will fit in perfectly with many other Christmas decor pieces, including our DIY Christmas Lantern Swag, Christmas Rocking Horse Centerpiece, and Mrs. Claus Grapevine Wreath designs!
Supplies Needed To Make A Hanging Candy Cane Decoration
Here’s what you’ll need to make this gorgeous holiday hanger.
- Candy cane door hanger wire frame
- 1-2 greenery stems (frosted eucalyptus)
- Pipe cleaners
- (1) 2.5” ribbon
- (1) 1.5” ribbon
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Bolt cutters
- EZ Bow Maker
How To Make Candy Cane Decorations
Follow this tutorial to make a piece of holiday decor that you can add to your store as a complement to the other Christmas decorations you create!
Grab your candy cane base and your solid-colored (I used red) 2.5” ribbon. We need to cover the candy cane wire frame with the ribbon.
Begin by wrapping the ribbon around the bottom (straight) fully one time. Place about ½ of the width of the ribbon on the frame and leave the rest hanging off because we’ll tuck it in later.
Continue wrapping the frame with the ribbon. After completing that initial time around the frame, begin angling the ribbon so that you can move up the frame with every wrap.
Keep your ribbon pulled tight as you wrap.
Pro Tip: To get maximum coverage, it’s important to keep the spacing even as you move up the frame. I like to overlap about half the width of the ribbon so that the coverage looks solid and full. It will be harder to maintain the same spacing as you go around the curve at the top of the candy cane but just do your best.
Once you get to the other end of your frame, complete one final straight wrap around the edge, leaving about half the width of your ribbon hanging over so we can tuck it in and create a clean-looking end.
Tuck in the ends of your ribbon to cover the ends of your frame, add some hot glue inside into each end, and press the ribbon together until the glue sets.
Let’s make a simple bow by hand.
Take your 1.5” ribbon and measure out 5.5”. Pinch the ribbon, then make a 5.5” loop. Pinch the ribbon and twist it (so the pretty side is always showing). Then make a 5.5” loop for the other side.
Keep adding same-size loops until you have three on each side. Measure out the second 5.5” tail and cut the ribbon.
Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle of your bow.
Take the same ribbon and make another layer. This time the tails and loops will be 4.5”. Repeat the process so you have 2 loops and a tail on each side. Cut the ribbon and add this layer on top of your previous layer (take the pipe cleaner off, stack layer 2 on top of layer 1, then replace the pipe cleaner).
Make one more layer for your bow. Measure two 4” tails, one 3” loop, and two 4” loops (so one side of this layer will have one loop and two tails, and the other side will have one tail and a larger loop and a smaller loop as the center loop).
Add this top layer inside the pipe cleaner. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the entire bow and twist to tighten it up.
Spread the layers apart so there aren’t any gaps when looking at your bow from above.
Once your bow is spread apart and looking beautiful, use the pipe cleaner to attach it to your candy cane just below the curve.
Pro Tip: We don’t want to leave anything on the back of our products that could harm doors or fingers when hanging. Twist the pipe cleaner at an edge so you can fold it in under the bottom of the bow.
Take your greenery and bold cutters and cut several small sprigs off. Add a little hot glue to the end of each one, then insert it into different areas of your bow to add some contrasting color.
Fluff everything out and dovetail the ribbon tail ends.
Your Christmas candy cane decoration is now complete!
Make This Christmas Candy Cane Decoration For Your Store
I love this design! The bold red ribbon will stand out against the plethora of greenery that dominates Christmas decorations.
This candy cane Christmas decoration is both quick and easy to make, so it’s an ideal piece to add to your inventory. Round out your holiday store offerings by adding options in addition to Christmas wreaths. It will encourage your buyers to make multiple purchases as they complete their holiday decor!
If you love Christmas decorations, make sure to check out some of these other popular holiday designs:
- White Christmas Wreath Tutorial
- Christmas Snowman Wreath Tutorial
- I’ll Be Gnome For Christmas Grapevine Wreath
- Christmas Wreath with Glitter Ribbon
- Meet Me Under the Mistletoe Christmas Wreath
If you need any help with centerpiece-making, bow-making, wreath-making, or crafting in general, be sure to check out more of our tutorials on How to Make Wreaths.
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Christmas Candy Cane Decorations
- 1 Candy cane door hanger wire frame
- 1-2 Greenery sprays frosted eucalyptus
- Pipe cleaners
- 2.5" wired ribbon
- 1.5" wired ribbon
- hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Bolt cutter
- EZ Bow Maker
- Gather your candy cane base and 2.5” ribbon. Wrap the ribbon around the bottom one full time. Leave about ½ of the width of the ribbon hanging off because we’ll tuck it in later.
- Begin wrapping the ribbon around the frame at an angle so that you can move up the frame with each wrap.Pull your ribbon tightly as you wrap.Pro Tip: Evenly space your ribbon as you wrap it around the frame. I recommend overlapping about half the width of the ribbon so that the coverage looks solid and full.
- Once you reach the other edge of your candy cane, make one final straight wrap around the edge, leaving about half the width of your ribbon hanging over, so we use it to create a clean-looking end.Tuck in the ends of your ribbon to cover the ends of your frame, add some hot glue inside into each end, and press the ribbon together until the glue sets.
- Let’s make a bow.Take your 1.5” ribbon and measure a 5.5” tail. Pinch the ribbon, then make a 5.5” loop. Pinch it again and twist it to make a 5.5” loop for the other side.Continue adding loops of the same size until you have three on each side. Measure out the second 5.5” tail and cut the ribbon. Wrap a pipe cleaner around the middle to hold it while you make the next layer.Grab the same ribbon and make 4.5" tails and loops. This layer will have 2 loops and a tail on each side. Add this layer on top of your previous layer (take the pipe cleaner off, stack layer 2 on top of layer 1, then replace the pipe cleaner).Make one final layer for your bow. Measure two 4” tails, one 3” loop and two 4” loops (you'll have one loop and two tails on one side, and the other side will have one tail and a larger loop and a smaller loop). Add this top layer inside the pipe cleaner. Wrap the pipe cleaner around the center of the entire bow and twist it to tighten it up.Spread the layers apart, so there aren’t any gaps when looking at your bow from above.Once your bow is spread apart and looking beautiful, use the pipe cleaner to attach it to your candy cane just below the curve.
- Take your greenery and bolt cutters and cut several small sprigs off the main stem. Add each sprig into different areas of your bow to add some contrasting color. Secure them with hot glue.
- Fluff everything out and dovetail the ribbon tail ends.
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