No one will guess it's made from paper plates and cellophane—and it only takes 30 minutes to make!

By Kit Selzer
November 08, 2019
Read step by step instructions after the video.

Crafts-master, Making It host, and Damask Love blogger Amber Kemp-Gerstel dreams up larger-than-life decorations made from everyday materials. As a self-proclaimed "crafter, blogger, and glue-gun slinger," her take on holiday decorating is simple but eyepopping: Amp up traditional motifs with whimsy and a glue gun. Use ordinary materials—a paper plate, cardstock, and cellophane wrap—to build a garland of oversize peppermint candies. String the garland on a pretty holiday mantel or stair railing. As an alternative, use different sizes of plates and stagger the paper candies down the middle of a dining table for the ultimate Christmas dinner display.

No matter how you display them, this easy Christmas paper crafting idea is sweet as can be.

  • Working time 30 mins
  • Difficulty Easy

What you need


How to do it

Step 1

Make a Template

To make a template for the peppermint stripes, cut a circle from cardstock the size of the paper plate bottom. You could also trace around a bowl in a similar size. Fold the circle into quarters to find the center; unfold. Cut one shark fin shape, going from the center point of the circle out to the edge. 

Step 2

Make Candy Stripes

Trace the template onto cardstock and cut five peppermint stripes for each plate. Attach the paper stripes to the back of a plate using an all-purpose glue stick or double-sided tape. Draw stripes between them with a marker.

Step 3

Assemble and String Candies

Glue two plates together with hot glue then wrap them with cellophane. Secure the ends with twine, then cover each cinched end with a ribbon tied into a classic bow. To string several candies into a festive homemade Christmas garland, thread a length of monofilament cord through the ribbons.


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