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A Sweet Candy Cane Wreath for the Holidays

This hanging decoration leaves a sweet, lasting impression for the winter season. To ensure it lasts, store your wreath between layers of waxed paper between seasons.

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

Spangler mini candy canes, $13.95 for 240; Spangler peppermint candy canes, $3.49 for 18, groovycandies.com. Rust-Oleum Gloss Clear Lacquer Spray, $3.76, homedepot.com.

materials

  • Candy canes (both miniature and regular sizes)

  • Red waxed twine

  • Scissors

  • Spray sealant

  • Ribbon for hanging

steps

  1. Unwrap candy canes. Taking two at a time, face them toward each other to create a heart shape. Use a dab of hot glue on the two points where the canes touch, at the base and tip of the hook.

  2. For large candy canes, arrange 10 "hearts" (20 candy canes) in a wreath shape. For mini candy canes, 6 "hearts" (12 mini candy canes) form a wreath. Dot hot glue on the points where the canes touch on their straight sides.

  3. Once the hot glue has dried, wrap waxed twine around the connections and tie off. Flip wreath over so knots and visible hot glue are on the back of the wreath.

  4. Layer a smaller wreath on top of a larger one and secure with hot glue or use singly. Play with other arrangements of the "heart" shapes as in the lower right wreath.

  5. Spray with clear sealant to strengthen the wreath and protect it from getting sticky in warmth and humidity.

  6. Use ribbon to hang.

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