How To Make Candy Cane Candlesticks

by Destri on December 9, 2010

candy cane candlesticks

A bunch of you have asked for the how to on the candy cane candle holders, I am so glad you liked them!  You never know if you are the only one that thinks something is cute, you know?  They are super easy to make.  We’re talking fifteen minutes for two.  They are super inexpensive too, costing about $1.50 each.  Let’s get to it:

How To Make Candy Cane Candlesticks

Supplies to make two:

  • 20 candy canes
  • 2 taper candles
  • hot glue gun
  • scissors

I started by cutting off the plastic wrapper on just the two ends of the candy cane, leaving the remaining wrapper in tact. You could leave your ends on, by mine were pretty long and buggin’ me.

Next I took the wrapper off, leaving about six inches on the bottom.  To measure how far you want to go down, just hold a candy cane to the candle, you want to wrapper to be below the candle.

Then run a thin strip of glue along the candy cane and press onto the candle, with the hook on the bottom.  I will warn you, you can’t play much with the candy cane once it is on, it dries fast!  I worked the rest of the way around by holding the candle in my hand by the hook (so the candle was upside down), and found that to give me the best control when placing on the canes.

Continue gluing the canes on, trying to keep the same angle of placement, and the base of the hooks at the same level.  Let dry and you’re done!  So so easy.  On one of mine I did not have much room for the last candy cane, so it sticks out a bit, but I figure I am the only one that will notice. :)

I do think they look cutest with a little bow tied on, but I only had enough ribbon to squeak out one bow, yet another trip to the craft store…dang it.  For the candle at the top of the post I used a grosgrain ribbon and tried to keep it small.  Go to big and you might just overwhelm it.

So there you have it!  They would be great for gifts, especially if you make the candy dish to go with them!

I have a bunch of other stuff I have made, just need to find the time to post them.  I need an elf or two.  Anyone?

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{ 32 comments… read them below or add one }

Michelle December 9, 2010 at 1:32 pm

You’re so clever! What a cute idea!!


Rebecca December 9, 2010 at 2:53 pm

I recommend adding a rubberband to hold the candy canes as you get them on… slip them under as you add. :)


Destri December 9, 2010 at 6:42 pm

Great idea! I didn’t have any problem with them sticking though, quite the opposite! I would stick them on and they would instantly bond. Maybe because I left the plastic on? Without, you probably would need something like you said.
Thanks Rebecca!


suzie December 9, 2010 at 4:01 pm

That is totally cute, you could use rubberbands like rebecca said and hide them with the ribbon tied around it, I might have to dry this!!! Thanks


Stephanie May 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm

ya totally!! Even instead of glue, then you could munch on the candy canes when the festivities were over!


Jen December 10, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Love this…they will be perfect on my table Christmas Eve :) Thanks for the great idea!


The American Homemaker December 13, 2010 at 1:54 pm

very adorable! I’ve seen candy cane candlesticks, but never any like yours :)


Suz December 14, 2010 at 5:31 am

OMG what a great idea, now this is something I would definately do, and it would make an awesome gift for my staff! Thanks for sharing~Suz


Moe December 14, 2010 at 4:15 pm

these are adorable! I’ve never seen anything like this. What a great DIY decor :)

Popping by from Made by You Mondays :)


somedaycrafts December 14, 2010 at 5:27 pm

This is a great idea! I think it would look stunning as a Christmas centerpiece! I am featuring this at


Ann-Margret December 16, 2010 at 10:58 am

Super cute! :)

I’m going to try this with tacky double-sided tape wrapped around the candle. Faster and less messy, if it works, plus you could easily pull of the candy canes later to eat. :)


Emily December 16, 2010 at 5:21 pm

My son and I are gonna make these for his teachers tonight!!! I love this idea!


Marcelle Chambers December 19, 2010 at 9:32 am

These are adorable. I so admire a person who is talented and crafty enough, to think of something that is so simple, and pretty, and it is just staring you right in the face. What an awesome use for all of those candy canes that you end up with each year. Good Job!!


kassie May 4, 2011 at 2:28 pm

i actually decided to use these for my sixteen candle holders at my sweet , thank you for the idea , it’s brilliant .


Destri May 12, 2011 at 6:42 am

Your welcome! What a great idea for your sweet sixteen, do you have any pictures? I would love to see them!


kassie May 13, 2011 at 6:28 pm

when i make them , i will definitely post them . (:


Stephanie May 31, 2011 at 8:49 pm

What a fabulous idea!!
Can’t wait to try it out!
Thanks for your genius :)


Laura Lambie September 28, 2011 at 4:53 am

Oh my! So cute. What a cleaver idea. Thanks for sharing.


Hilary November 12, 2011 at 11:06 pm

This is by far the best Christmas craft idea I’ve seen yet!I love how easy it is.And would look great on any Christmas dinner table.I hope to make these sometime before Christmas.


Destri November 13, 2011 at 4:54 am

Thanks so much Hilary! They really are super easy.


Chris November 17, 2011 at 10:09 am

i think this is adorable…but had a hard time getting the 2 I made to stand even. Any hints?


Destri November 17, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Hi Chris, I just had to make sure I kept them at the same level on the bottom as I glued them around the candle. Maybe check as you go, and even if one is a little off, you can get the next one in line and it will balance it out. Hope this helps!


Kristen November 28, 2011 at 7:24 pm

I loved these and am making them for gifts for my kids teachers!! Instead of glueing right to the candle, I made a small tube out of an empty toilet paper roll. I cut a piece of the toilet paper roll big enough to wrap around the bottom of the candle snuggly then taped it to form a mini tube and glued the candy canes to the outside of the mini tube and then stuck my candle in. That way I can change out the candle! Thanks for posting these!! Love them!


Destri November 29, 2011 at 8:50 am

Oh my! That is the best idea! Thanks so much for sharing :)

Reply Maegan November 29, 2011 at 2:06 am

Oh that’s clever and adorable!!!


Jenn December 1, 2011 at 9:50 pm

These are absolutely adorable & so simple! I made these this evening for my MIL. She is going to love them! Thanks for the great idea!


teri December 4, 2011 at 7:19 am

My daughter found these on your website and bought the supplies for us to make them together. We had so much fun with it! I’m going to blog about it today. Thanks for sharing.


Tracy December 8, 2011 at 1:29 am

Came across this fabulous idea of yours using I used poinsettias on mine as well. Came out just fabulously!


sparkling74 December 19, 2011 at 6:05 pm

Definitely a cute idea!


Toni Pittman December 17, 2012 at 10:20 am

Made this last week it was fast and easy (perfect for a school night) and it came out SUPER CUTE!!! In fact I’m going to make them for gifts. I’m actually thinking of cutting small pieces of PVC pipe and gluing the candy canes to that so you could reuse it.


Joanna December 8, 2013 at 10:22 pm

They are co cute and adorable. I am going to make these for my Christmas table. I was going to buy some topper candles holders but now I won’t have to:) Just one question does the candles have to be drip free?? And if I use toilet paper roll underneath the candy cane to make them reusable do you think this is safe??


Destri December 10, 2013 at 2:17 pm

Hi Joanna,

Very good questions – I never burned mine, just used them for decor. I would say use your best judgement and just keep an eye on them as everything involved would be flammable. I wonder if you could glue the candy canes to a small glass taper candle holder? That might work!


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