There never seems to be a shortage of candy canes around Christmas time, which means there's always a plethora of striped candy leftover! What better way to repurpose these minty holiday treats than with some adorable DIY projects? We've rounded up our favorite candy cane-inspired snacks, crafts, and creative DIY ideas. Check them out now:
1. Candy Cane MiceAbout a Mom
Finally, mice you actually want in your kitchen! Kids will love cutting and gluing the ears, eyes, and noses on these cute little decorations. We love this blogger's idea of using them as part of a whimsical candy-themed centerpiece. You don't even have to unwrap the candy cane, which means they can make a sweet after-dinner treat too!
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2. Your New Hot Cocoa StirrersBridgey Widgey
What's better than a steamy mug of hot chocolate? How about hot cocoa with a hint of peppermint! These delicious candy cane treats are perfect for a party or just a single serving. We love how you can jazz up traditional candy canes with festive sprinkles or make them even richer by dunking the tops in dark chocolate. Either way, you'll add a fine swizzle and pop of flavor to your favorite seasonal drink.
Learn how: Bridgey Widgey
3. Adorable Reindeer OrnamentsAbout Family Crafts
You just need six materials and less than 10 minutes to make this adorable DIY ornament or gift topper. Start by hot gluing two candy canes together for "antlers" and then secure a piece of burlap or felt around the stems. You can use a red button or pom-pom to give Rudolph his signature red nose.
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4. Crafty Place Card HoldersFun Holiday Crafts
Searching for pretty and affordable tabletop decor? Look no further than your pantry! By hot gluing three candy canes together, you can easily create individual name cards for all your Christmas dinner guests. Tie your look together by alternating different color ribbons.
Learn how: Fun Holiday Crafts
5. Sweet Heart WreathDollar Store Crafts
Even more festive than an evergreen wreath, this super cute creation uses two different kinds of candy canes hot glued together to create little peppermint hearts. This decor looks even more striking when layered on top of a traditional green wreath. Cute!
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6. Candy Cane VaseLiving Well Spending Less
Forget pricey flower arrangements! All you need is a vase, some ribbon, and a handful of candy canes to create a gorgeous centerpiece for your Christmas dinner table. We love how this blogger filled hers with red roses. You can even use miniature candy canes to create smaller versions that will liven up your end tables!
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7. Peppermint Bark HeartsOh Nuts
Perfect as a holiday gift or a little dessert, these sweet snacks are so easy to make. Just bake the candy canes in an oven for five minutes, pour melted chocolate in the center, and then refrigerate. This blogger added extra chopped candy canes as a decoration; colorful sprinkles and chocolate drizzles would make these look just as tempting and delicious!
Learn how: Oh Nuts