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

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

Part 1

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.

paper peppermint wrapped in cellophane
woman in pink shirt and pants in front of a white fireplace against a green background
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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