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Rustic Candy Cane Christmas Decorations

Easy DIY Candy Cane Ornaments

It is exciting to be talking Christmas ornaments again.    Browsing the gift shops is such a wonderful time,  with all the gorgeous Christmas decorations, the different choices and the display styles.  I saw some twine covered candy canes at the gift shop that were expensive but I was able to create these even nicer rustic candy cane Christmas decorations instead.  These candy cane Christmas decorations are larger than the Christmas ornaments I saw and I love the rustic home spun look with the feminine touch of lace ribbons.

After oohing and aahing at the various high end Christmas decor shops I use to go to the dollar store hoping for something less expensive. Unfortunately the dollar store doesn’t tempt me very much at Christmas time. If you find the dollar store challenging for finding Christmas decor I suggest having a plan before you go cruising around. This time I went into the store looking for something candy cane shaped and some twine.  I found what I wanted at the dollar store, and I actually love how these rustic DIY Christmas decorations turned out.

Two candy cane ornaments that are made with twine and lace ribbons with white vintage buttons. They ornaments are hanging on a Christmas tree with brown plaid ribbon and white lights.

How to Make DIY Candy Cane Ornaments

Rustic Candy Cane Ornament Supplies

For the candy cane Christmas decorations you will need

A  plastic candy-filled cane, or another plastic faux candy cane

Glue gun

Twine, or wool

Lace or ribbon

White button or bead

Needle, thread, hot glue

This Christmas craft project is super simple to create and takes about 15 minutes per candy cane.  Its requires no special skills but be careful using the hot glue.

I found these candy canes at the dollar store, they are about 8 inches high and I am excited to update them. They make beautiful large candy cane ornaments.

Two packages of dollar store candy in candy cane shaped containers.

Start by emptying your plastic candy canes. Not only does it provide a sweet snack for the crafter(s) the candy cane becomes nice and light once the candy is out. No droopy branches is always a good thing.

Adding Twine to the Christmas Ornament

Start by twisting the end of the twine into a little circle shape. Place a dab of hot glue on the end of your plastic candy cane. Attach the little wrapped bit of twine and hold until it adheres.

A wrapped end of twine being attached to the start of a candy cane, while making a candy cane shaped tree ornament

Continue to wrap the twine around the plastic candy cane.   Add strips of glue along the length of the cane as you continue to wrap the twine.

An easy dollarstore Christmas craft wrapping twine around a candy cane shaped tube of candy.

Continue wrapping with twine until the entire plastic cane is covered.  Once you reach the end of the cane, cut the twine and wrap the end into a coil.  Seal the end with glue.

Twine wrapped candy canes for making DIY Christmas tree ornaments

If you find that you have gaps in your twine where the plastic is showing, cut a small piece of twine and glue it into the gap, making sure to press the ends down securely.

Tie the Ribbon

The contrast between the pretty soft white lace and the rustic burlap somehow makes the pretty lace stand out.  For this craft I dug around in my ribbon box and found some leftover ribbon that I I had sewn to a jean jacket several years ago.

To tie the bow, cut your ribbon 12″. Divide in thirds. Pinch the ribbon at 1/3 and 2/3 and wrap with thread, either sew or tie a not to gather the ribbon.

Steps for making a rlace ribbon for a Christmas tree ornament

Fold the two sides over so that the gathered areas meet. Sew the ribbon closed. Then add a button where the ribbon crosses.

Attach the ribbon to the candy cane by sewing through the twine, or you can hot glue it into place. I preferred using a needle and thread.

To hang the ornament push one end of a hook ornament hanger through the wrapped twine, and use the other end to place it on the Christmas tree.

A large candy cane ornament made with twine and cream lace. The rustic candy cane ornament is hanging on a Christmas tree.


I am thrilled with how these DIY candy cane ornaments turned out. It was a challenge for me to come up with an idea from the dollar store, but I am hooked enough to keep trying. I hope you like this dollar store Christmas craft as much as I do.

A large easy dollar store DIY Christmas ornament candy cane with twine and lace.

Other Rustic Christmas Ideas

DIY farmhouse cinnamon stick garland with neutral farmhouse Christmas decorations..

DIY Christmas Garland with Cinnamon Sticks

This DIY Christmas garland has loads of rustic charm and pairs really well with the natural coloured candy cane ornaments.

Beautiful one of a kind Christmas tree stand.

How to Build A DIY Christmas Tree Box

A solid wood rustic Christmas tree box in dark walnut stain tutorial. It looks wonderful with rustic, neutral, and farmhouse style Christmas trees.

Two different rustic wood pallets for Christmas, The wood pallet trees are for Christmas decor one is white and the other one is stained wood. They are decorated with simple Christmas decorations.

DIY Pallet Christmas Trees for Outdoors

Make these fabulously rustic DIY pallet Christmas trees. The Christmas tree post has a detailed step by step tutorial, and its another great budget stretcher for those of us who need to keep costs down.


  1. Leanna these are absolutely right up my alley and would look awesome on my tree. I love how you took those candy canes and turned them into special little ornaments. They are my features this week at Sweet Inspiration.

  2. This has been such a lovely blog hop Leanna. I’ve really enjoyed getting a daily does of creative inspiration from some seriously talented bloggers and I love your candy cane ornaments. They look beautiful. The contrast between the soft lace and twine works so well. I doubt you’d be able to find something this pretty in a store

  3. Cute idea for recycling candy cane-shaped candy holders!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thank you Debra, I use lots of twine for Fall decor, but have never used it for Christmas before. I was pleased with how it turned out.

  4. This is so creative and adorable! I love them! I am going to have to try this.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Jenny. With such a large tree to decorate I needed to come up with some inexpensive yet pretty decorations for it.

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