I love candy canes at Christmas. They are such a popular item to decorate with because of what they represent. Whether you use real candy canes or some variety of handmade, a candy cane always fits in with Christmas decor. The fun part is that they don’t have to be the traditional red and white. I made this candy cane from a clothes hanger wrapped with bark covered wire for a rustic touch. The red and white was brought in with a checked ribbon tied across the middle.
The natural hook of a candy cane makes it really easy to hang on a tree. I made this with the intent of using it as a Christmas ornament on my rustic Christmas tree. However, you could also make several of these and place them in a tall candy or mason jar to set out on a counter or mantel. They are quick enough to make that it would be easy to make more than one at a time. It would also look nice to have several hanging from your tree.
You could also simply make one and lay it across a decorative plate. The pictured candy cane is paired with the decorative candy that I had made previously and makes a nice simple little display.
Here are the instructions for the rustic candy cane craft:
- metal clothes hanger
- bark covered wire
- tacky glue
- red and white checked ribbon
- metal snips
1. Using your metal snips, clip one side of the hanger the length you want your candy cane. Clip the other side right where it comes out from the twist at the top. You now have the base for your candy cane.
2. Leave your bark covered wire in the spool and take one end and insert it between the two metal parts of the hook part of the hanger, as shown. Bring the wire down and wrap it around the hanger and itself a couple of times.
3. Place a line of tacky glue over a section of the hanger hook, covering the straight inserted part of the bark covered wire. Continue wrapping the bark covered wire over the hanger, covering the glue. Keep working your way down your candy cane form until you reach the bottom. Periodically drop a line of glue to secure the wire in place.
4. When you get to the bottom, snip the end of the wire with your metal snips and glue the end in place.
5. Cut a section of ribbon and tie it to the middle of your candy cane. Glue the ends of the ribbon to the back of the candy cane to hold them in place.
You now have finished your candy cane craft and have a rustic Christmas ornament or decoration for the upcoming holiday!
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