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The Fifth DIY of Christmas: A Candy Cane Pillar Candle Cuff

Welcome to the fifth project in my 12 DIYs of Christmas series! I'm a staunch candle enthusiast; no light bulb can ever re-create that ambient atmosphere. From tealights to tapers and pillars to Diptyques, I've got 'em all and I don't discriminate. I also own plenty of candlesticks and votives, but sometimes they just need an extra something something to dress them up. So for the holidays, I thought I'd give my white pillar candles a lift by creating a cuff for them made from candy canes! This year, I've been a bit nontraditional with my Christmas colors, so I went with Spree candy canes and a green polka-dot ribbon. But you can choose any palette you like.


  • 2 packs of candy canes
  • A good chopping knife
  • A cutting board
  • Thick double-sided tape (or masking tape)
  • Ribbon


To learn the steps,


The Steps:

  1. Gently unwrap each candy cane from its wrapper; they can be fragile.
  2. Cut each candy cane at about the line where the tip of its loop ends.
  3. Stick a piece of thick double-sided tape all the way around the base of your candle. Or, fold masking tape in on itself to make it double-sided.
  4. Gently stand each cut candy cane against the taped pillar candle. They should stick pretty easily. Continue all the way around the candle.
  5. Now, tie a bow around your candle!


Since each candy cane is slightly different in size, if you cut at the line when the tip of the loop ends, the candy cane sticks won't be the exact same length. If you want a more polished look, line them up against each other to make they are the same length.




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