Make your home merry, bright, and yummy looking with DIY decor that emulates all the sweetness people associate with the holidays. Christmas candy decorations will have a place in any home over the holidays, are easy to create, and can be enjoyed during December year after year.
Create Candy Canes for the Front Yard
Don't just consider decorating the inside of your home for the holidays. Be sure to extend the cheer and Christmas spirit to your outside space as well. These giant candy canes made from PCV pipes are the perfect entryway complement to your winter wonderland.
Items Needed (for Two Candy Canes)
- Two strands of Christmas lights
- Electrical tape
- Spray paint primer
- Red and white spray paint
- 2- 2" 22.5D Street elbows
- 2 - 4 feet of 2" PVC pipe
- 2 - 2" PVC P-trap with union
- 2 - 2" PVC drains with 5 SS strain
- Handsaw or miller saw to cut pipe
- Using a hand saw or miller saw, gloves, and protective eyewear, cut your pipe to the general size that you want. You can cut smaller pieces for the candy canes or taller ones to complement the existing outside decor.
- Attach the drain piece to one end of the cut pipe and the P-trap piece to the other end of the pipe.
- Insert the street elbow's spigot end into the p-trap. The piping should now be resembling a candy cane shape.
- Spray the entire PVC piping with primer and allow ample drying time.
- Spray two coats of white paint to the PCV piping, allowing for drying time in between coats.
- Once the white paint is fully dry (this may take several days,) wrap the PCV piping in electrical tape, moving up the pipe diagonally.
- Once the tape is fully secure, spray the entire PCV piping in red spray paint. You may need two coats of red paint to cover fully.
- Before the red paint is completely dry, slowly remove the tape.
- Using a drill, drill holes throughout the piping.
- String the Christmas lights through the holes, beginning at the bottom of the pipe and snaking the strand through the pipe. The holes will allow the glow to shine through, but the lights remain tucked inside the piping.
- Remove the drain cover from the bottom of the pipe. Fill with gravel. This will help the candy cane stand upright.
Candy Cane Garland With a Twist
Many people adorn their mantles with garland during December. If you live in a small apartment or a modern space, create a dainty candy cane garland with a colorful twist.
- Paint samples in various colors
- Clear tape
- Hole puncher
- Head to a local paint supply store and gather paint samples. These can be any color hue preferred, but make sure you get enough to span a garland for the space you plan on working with.
- Cut out candy cane shapes from each paint sample. One candy cane per sample.
- Cut a piece of twine. Twine needs to be long enough to span the space you plan to hang the garland from.
- Using a hole punch, punch two holes at the top of each candy cane. Space the punches out slightly and make sure punches are at the top of the candy cane curve.
- Weave the twine through the holes punched in the candy canes.
- Fasten clear tape to the back of the candy canes to secure the candy canes to the twin to limit movement once hung.
- Using clear tape, hang the garland from a mantle or a shelf.
Design a Wreath Sweet Enough to Eat
Nothing gives off a warm welcome like a candy-inspired door wreath during the holidays. Hang a DIY wreath on your front door that exudes all that is festive and delicious. This festive wreath is a Christmas season dream. It is simple to make, thanks to a solid DIY wreath tutorial, some styrofoam, paint, and glitter.
- Items necessary to make a simple, traditional Christmas wreath: see the How to Make a Wreath tutorial.
- White spray paint (optional)
- Red and white ribbon
- Styrofoam balls or disks
- Red paint
- Clear-drying glue
- Artificial gems
- Hot glue gun and hot glue
Follow the wreath tutorial to create a winter wreath using artificial boughs or real evergreen boughs.
- Once your wreath is assembled, you can choose to leave it green or spray paint the wreath using white spray paint.
- Paint the styrofoam balls or disks with red paint, creating designs that look like peppermint candies.
- (Optional) After the balls dry, cover the balls with clear glue. While the glue is still wet, sprinkle glitter on the bulbs. Allow time to dry completely.
- Allow the wreath (if painted) and the styrofoam to dry.
- Using a hot glue gun, attach the painted balls or disks to the wreath.
- At the bottom of the wreath, create a bow using red and white ribbon.
- Attach the bow to the center of the wreath at the bottom, using hot glue.
- Glue glittery beads and adornments to the wreath.
Bouquet of Candy
Make a beautiful bouquet fit for a gingerbread home! Using a terracotta pot, styrofoam, and peppermint candy designs, make a Christmas bouquet too pretty ever to eat. This craft will be a perfect complement to any holiday dining table, shelf, or mantle.
- Paint the terra cotta pot white. Allow the pot to dry.
- Create a red and white peppermint candy pattern on the terra cotta pot.
- Set foam insert in the pot.
- Fill the pot with faux snow.
- Paint the chopsticks white and set them aside to dry.
- Paint the foam disks with red paint so that they look like classic peppermint candies.
- Allow the disks to dry.
- Insert the pointed tip of the chopstick into the bottom of the foam disk.
- Insert the bottom of the chopstick into the foam.
- Repeat steps 8-9 for all disks.
- When foam candies and sticks are inserted into the foam, cover the foam with faux snow. Use dots of clear glue to secure.
- Give the craft a few sprays of glitter spray paint.
Sweeten the Season With Festive Decor
When it comes to creating sweet and festive candy decor for the holidays, anything goes. You can add small touches of sugary elements to areas in your abode, or you can go full-on, transforming your house into a legit gingerbread creation. Whatever you choose to make and display, have fun in the process, and be sure to enjoy the sweetest season there is.