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.

Updated October 29, 2020
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candy cane tree topper
SHANNA SULLIVAN

This candy cane craft is the culmination of so many delightful aspects of the holiday season. Plus, using gumdrops and candy canes to create a magnificent Christmas tree topper is the perfect way to spend a cold winter afternoon before Christmas. We used ours to decorate our Nutcracker-inspired "Land of Sweets" Christmas tree

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

candy cane tree topper
Step 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.

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Step 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.

Step 3

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

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Step 4

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

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Step 5

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

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