If you like rustic Christmas style ornaments, you have to make this candy cane ornament. It is so easy and they look so cute hanging on a Christmas tree. I also like to set one or two in a rustic candy dish, along with some of my faux peppermints, for a festive display. It does seem like kind of a cruel joke to have candy sitting around that isn’t real. But, you never have to worry about the candy dish going empty!
My favorite way to make Christmas even more warm and cozy, is to incorporate rustic decorations wherever I can. Glitz and glamour do have there place in Christmas decorating. But, it’s the natural and worn that bring about the most comfort and joy.
Rustic Christmas decorations that are made from branches or twigs are pretty popular. Using just the bark is a little more unique. However, it’s super easy to incorporate when you use bark covered wire.
I first discovered this wonderful wire when I was searching for a rustic way to decorate lampshades. At the time, I had only seen it at a specialty supply store. Now, I find it everywhere. And since I love using the wire, I have made it my mission to come up with other things to make with it.
So, now I bring to you my rustic candy cane ornament!
DIY Candy Cane Craft
Since candy canes are such a traditional candy to have at Christmas, they are easily recognizable just by there shape. So, it doesn’t matter if you don’t see the red and white stripes. Just that familiar hook brings about a sentimental feeling.
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It doesn’t take much to make a rustic candy cane ornament. All the supplies that you need are a wire clothes hanger, some bark covered wire, and a little ribbon.
The candy cane is a classic accent at Christmas. Although the red and white stripes have a certain festive appeal, a non traditional version can be particularly heart warming. Rustic Christmas decorations tend to be more nostalgic and cozy. In fact, I like to incorporate as many rusty or worn vintage pieces as I can into my Christmas decor.
- wire clothes hanger – *any wire hanger will work but I have found that the really thin wire hangers from the dry cleaners are easiest to work with
- bark covered wire
- festive ribbon – I used red and white check
- tacky glue
- metal snips
Instructions For Candy Cane Ornament
Time needed: 15 minutes.
DIY Candy Cane Ornament
- Clip Hanger To Size Needed For Candy Cane
With your metal snips, clip one side of the hanger the length that 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.
- Attach The End Of The Bark Covered Wire To The Hanger
Keep your bark covered wire in the spool and pull out the end to start wrapping. Start by inserting the wire in between the two metal parts of the hanger hook, as shown. Bring the wire down and wrap the hanger and itself a couple of times.
- Add Tacky Glue And Begin Wrapping Wire Around Hanger
Place a line of tacky glue over a section of the hanger hook, covering the end of the bark between the two hanger wires. Continue wrapping the wire around the hanger over the section of glue. From there, keep wrapping the wire and periodically add some glue to the hanger to hold it in place. It’s not necessary to cover the entire hanger in glue. When you get to the bottom of the hanger, snip the end of the wire with metal snips and glue it in place.
- Tie A Section Of Ribbon Around The Candy Cane
The final step is to dress up the candy cane just a tad. I wanted to incorporate the traditional red and white so I used a rustic red and white checked ribbon. It would also look nice to add a striped ribbon.
Finished Candy Cane Ornament
As you can see, it’s super easy to make a candy cane ornament out of wire. In fact, because they are so easy, you could make enough to fill an entire tree. Another option is to use them to decorate gift packages. Just plop one on top of a wrapped package and you’ve got some instant rustic style!
In keeping with the candy theme, you might want to check out how to make a log candle holder that looks like a peppermint stick. For this craft, paint is needed to get the look of candy. But, both are rustic because of what they are made from.