The iconic red and white stripes of a candy cane can put a smile on the faces of the young and old alike. Candy cane decorations make the perfect holiday motif because they’re so sweet and satisfying, even if they’re never eaten! What’s more, they’re inexpensive. You can get a box of 10 or 12 for under a dollar. In fact, most of the follow candy cane decorating projects can be made for under $5. So let’s get crafting!

First up, let’s look at some ways to decorate flower vases. What better way to dress up a plain poinsettia plant than by embellishing the vase with candy canes. This project from The Gardening Cook didn’t even require glue, so there’s no mess.

This greenery bouquet would make a great hostess gift. All Free Crafts shows you how to recycle a tin can to make this adorable candy cane vase.

The folks from Stonewall Kitchen use straight candy canes to make their lovely vase. The secret for making this centerpiece is putting a small jar inside a larger glass vase.

Camille from Be What We Love has a great tutorial for making this sweet candy cane candlestick. She used a glue gun with taper candles for this quick, inexpensive project.

Better Homes & Gardens attached fat candy canes to a fat red pillar candle for their version of a candy cane candle cuff.

Wreaths are fun to make, and this one from At The Picket Fence made with candy canes is especially cute. It’s light and airy – and inexpensive to make!

Dollar Store Crafts provides a great tutorial for this candy cane heart wreath. You can make the wreath out of actual candy canes or plastic ones.

Of course, you don’t have to build something with candy canes to decorate with them. This sweet candy cane holder shown on The Wow Style doesn’t come with a tutorial, but it appears to be made by putting a knit sock over a jar. There’s probably some stuffing in the toe section too.

Here’s a unique name holder from Fun Holiday Crafts. Just glue 3 candy canes together to make an easel. You could display just about anything on it.

Lisa & Sarah from A Spoonful Of Sugar sure know how to set a pretty Christmas table. The candy cane really stands out on the sprig of greenery.

Here’s a simple way to decorate a package using candy canes. The Decoist blog has instructions for making these cute reindeer. It would be a perfect craft for kids to participate in.

Delightful Order has free printable tags to attach to candy canes. Sunday School teachers could make these for all their students.

Annette from Tips From A Typical Mom blog also has free printables. These candy cane sleighs with gift tags are perfect containers for candy or small gifts.

A Pumpkin And A Princess provides a tutorial for these Rudolph candy canes. What kid wouldn’t love embellishing a candy cane with pipe cleaner antlers, googly eyes, and a red pom pom nose? Especially if they had a bucketful of these sweet reindeer to give to their friends.

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