10 favorite candy cane-inspired crafts

There are few things that say “Christmas” to me quite like candy canes do…maybe it’s the colors, the peppermint taste, or maybe just the fact that they remind me of the candy cane reindeer we used to make as kids. Candy canes crafts have come a long way since then, and I’m sharing 10 of my favorite crafts and décor ideas with you. How do YOU like to craft with these Christmastime treats?

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Three dollars, you say? Sign me up! This candy cane wreath is adorable and so much fun!

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Wow. These candy cane clay ornaments are truly inspired. Would be fun to label gifts with each recipients’ name!
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Hung with polka dot ribbon, candy canes make easy and festive décor hung from a window or mantle.

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For another candy cane wreath idea, check out this beribboned beauty from bhg!

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Candy cane marshmallows? Yes, please!

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A sprig of greenery and a pretty tag take the humble candy cane to a whole new level for your holiday table.

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Need a teacher or neighbor gift? How about some candy cane popcorn? Love this idea.

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Would love to be on the receiving end of some of this candy cane sugar scrub this year!

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Why stop with just a craft or two when you can have a full Candy Cane Christmas?

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Who could resist these yummy-looking candy cane cake pops? Answer: Not Me.

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easy & adorable snowman candy bars

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Over the weekend, I needed a crafty quick-fix-a project that wasn’t hard, didn’t take long, and used items I already had on hand. I went back through my Pinterest page, and noticed some quick and easy snowman candy bars via Martha Stewart, and I knew I had my answer.

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All you need are some store-bought candy bars, craft paint, paper, and bakers twine (or ribbon). These were, as you can probably tell, a cinch to make. They were so simple, I took all of one photo of the process…

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The paper I used? Yep. Plain printer paper. I was able to get two bars wrapped per 8.5″x11″ sheet. After they were wrapped, I just added the eyes, nose (I used a Sharpie, but paint would’ve worked as well), and twine.

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Don’t want to use candy? I can see this working with boxes of crayons, colored pencils or packages of stickers as well! I imagine a walk around the dollar store would yield even more inexpensive ideas. What a FUN way to get your little one involved in wrapping gifts; I think we’ll be making these for my preschooler’s classmates this year!

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gingerbread snowflakes {a recipe}

One of my very favorite parts of the holiday season is attending my friend, Meghan’s, annual Cookie Party. What could possibly be better than good friends, yummy food, and dozens of cookies all in one place? Not much I say. Traditionally, I make and bring these Gingerbread Snowflake cookies, adapted from a Martha Stewart recipe. They may not be the easiest thing you’ll bake this season, but they’ll definitely be in the running for the tastiest.

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Ingredients

6 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for work surface
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
4 teaspoons ground ginger
4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cloves
1 teaspoon finely ground pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
2 large eggs
1 cup unsulfured molasses
Royal Icing**

Directions
  1. Sift together flour, baking soda, and baking powder into a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. Put butter and brown sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment; mix on medium speed until fluffy. Mix in spices and salt, then eggs and molasses. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture; mix until just combined. Divide dough into thirds; wrap each in plastic. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out dough on a lightly floured work surface to a 1/4-inch thick. Cut into snowflakes with a 7- inch snowflake-shape cookie cutter. Space 2 inches apart on baking sheets lined with parchment paper, and refrigerate until firm, about 15 minutes.
  4. Bake cookies until crisp but not dark, 12 to 14 minutes. Let cool on sheets on wire racks.
  5. Put icing in a pastry bag fitted with a small plain round tip. Pipe designs on snowflakes. Let icing set completely at room temperature, about 1 hour.

Store cookies between layers of parchment in an airtight container at room temperature up to 5 days.

**Royal Icing
Ingredients

1 lb. confectioners sugar
5 tbsp. meringue powder
scant 1/2 c. water

Directions

  1. Combine all ingredients, mix on low for approx. 7 minutes. If too thick, add a bit more water. If too think, mix for another minute or two.

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These cookies are as yummy as they are pretty. You can take it a step or two further and decorate the cookies with sanding sugar or sprinkles (just sprinkle on before royal icing dries). Enjoy!

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