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Candy Cane Tree Topper

Give your tree a sweet appeal with this brightly colored decoration made from real candy canes. Sugared gumdrops are clustered at the center as an added visual treat.

candy cane tree topper

Photography: Shanna Sullivan

Source: Martha Stewart

Introduction

These were used to decorate our Nutcracker-inspired "Land of Sweets" Christmas tree

materials

  • Gumdrops

  • Hot glue gun

  • Scissors

  • Spray sealant

  • Cardboard

  • Craft knife

  • Small wooden dowel

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.

    candy cane tree topper
  2. For large candy canes, arrange 11 "hearts" (22 candy canes) in a circular shape. Dot hot glue on the points where the canes touch on their straight sides.

  3. Layer gumdrops at center of topper, securing with hot glue.

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

  5. Cut a circle from cardboard as a base and affix to a small dowel to display topper on tree.

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