If you’re feeling crafty and festive, you’re gonna love this DIY candy cane Christmas tree! It’s a fun craft and a pretty handsome Christmas decoration!
Did you know you can heat candy canes to a pliable consistency? I’m definitely making it on the naughty list as I’m sure Santa wouldn’t appreciate me messing with his favorite peppermint candy!
I turned the heat to 225, placed my candy canes on a cookie sheet with some parchment paper and baked them for 10 minutes, right before they were about to melt, I pulled them out and placed them around a styrofoam tree!
The best part is that the candy canes weren’t too hot to handle! And so it began, but two-hour candy cane tree extravaganza.
DIY Candy Cane Tree
- Parchment Paper
- Baking Sheet
- About 55 unwrapped candy canes!
- Styrofoam tree – There are several sizes to choose from!
- Heat the oven to 225
- Place 3-4 candy canes on a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Bake for 7-10 minutes just before they melt and are perfectly pliable!
- Start from the bottom and work your way up the styrofoam tree.
Tips for Making a Candy Cane Tree
You have to work fast with these because they harden quickly. Also, you can’t melt too many at a time, otherwise they’ll be cooled before you can get to them.
I would heat about 3-4 and work quickly. Pushing down the ends of the candy canes to make them flat for the next one to pair next to it.
It’s not a quick craft, but I love working on things like this, even if they take a while. It lets my mind slip away and just focus on one project… a nice break!
If you want to skip the gingerbread house making and create a candy cane tree instead, I can vouch that it’s a fun project and they look awesome on the mantel!
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