How to Make A Cheap and Easy Candy Cane Christmas Centerpiece

Looking for a quick and easy way to add to your Christmas table decor? Try this red and white Christmas centerpiece made with candy canes.

I don’t know about  you, but I always seem to be looking for table centerpieces that are easy, inexpensive and small enough that people can see each other across the table.

And my Christmas table this year was no different…

Then I saw a red and white Christmas centerpiece on decoholic.com that was perfect. It’s simple, easy and inexpensive, but still looks elegant and feels “Christmas-y”.

So I set out to figure out how to make something similar…keep reading to find out what I came up with.

What You Need

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Candy cane Christmas centerpiece materials

Materials

  • Tin can
  • Double-sided tape*
  • 30 full size Candy Canes*
  • Scotch Tape
  • Red and White Ribbon
  • Velcro Dots* (optional)
  • 3 or 4 Pine Cones
  • 3 or 4 Wood Skewer Sticks*
  • Red and/or White Flowers. I used a hydrangea, red carnations, white mums, and red roses…basically what came in the bouquet from the grocery store.  Of course, you could also do all roses like the original version did.
  • Evergreen Stems

Tools

Prepare The Tin Can

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Stick double-sided tape around the middle of the tin can

1. Remove the label from the can.

2. Thoroughly wash and dry the can.

3. Wind the double-sided tape around the middle of the can.  I had mounting tabs on hand, so that’s what I used…but regular double-sided tape would be a little faster.  Just make sure to get the thick white type…double-sided scotch tape won’t work.  It doesn’t stick out past the lip of the tin so the candy canes won’t stick to it.

Add The Candy Canes And Ribbon

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Stick the candy canes onto the double sided tape

1. Stick the first candy cane to the double-sided tape, making sure that it is straight.  If this one isn’t straight, none of the rest of them will be either 🙂

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Keep adding candy canes until they completely surround the can

2. Keep adding candy canes around the can.  They do come off pretty easily so you may need to re-attach some of them as you go.

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Wrap scotch tape around the candy canes to hold them in place

3. When you are finished, wrap scotch tape around the candy canes to hold them in place.

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Tie a ribbon around the outside of the candy canes

4. Wrap the ribbon around the outside of the candy canes so that it hides the tape.  Depending on the type of ribbon you are using, you may or may not want to tie a bow.  If you don’t want to do a bow, you can use velcro dots to hold the ends of the ribbon together (like I did when I was wrapping ribbon around these mason jar candle holders).

Make The Pine Cone Sticks

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Stick a wood skewer into the bottom of the pine cone

1. Stick the sharp end of the skewer into the bottom of the pine cone.  You may need to drill a small hole if the skewer isn’t strong enough to stick into the pine cone (especially if you are using artificial ones).

2. Break the skewer so it is just a little longer than the height of the tin can.

Add The Flowers

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Cut the flowers a little taller than the height of the can

1. Fill the can with water.

2. Cut the flower stems so the flowers are just taller than the height of the can.

3. Remove most or all of the leaves from the stem. When you have a small container like this, the leaves tend to get in the way.

3. Cut the evergreen stems so that they are about the same height as the flowers.

Add the flowers and fill in with the greens | Learn how to add some Christmas spirit to your table with a DIY candy cane centerpiece! | DIY Quick and Easy Candy Cane Centerpiece!
Add the flowers and fill in with the greens

3. Add the flowers to the tin.

4. Fill in the gaps between the roses with the greens.

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Add evergreen sprigs and pine cone picks

5. Add the pine cones.

The Finished Red and White Christmas Centerpiece

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Candy cane Christmas centerpiece

The finished centerpiece is very festive looking and doesn’t take long to make!

The centerpiece on the table | Learn how to add some Christmas spirit to your table with a DIY candy cane centerpiece! | DIY Quick and Easy Candy Cane Centerpiece!
The centerpiece on the table

It looks great on my table.

The candy cane Christmas centerpiece | Learn how to add some Christmas spirit to your table with a DIY candy cane centerpiece! | DIY Quick and Easy Candy Cane Centerpiece!
The candy cane Christmas centerpiece

It doesn’t take up too much room, but still makes a statement.

The finished centerpiece | Learn how to add some Christmas spirit to your table with a DIY candy cane centerpiece! | DIY Quick and Easy Candy Cane Centerpiece!
The finished centerpiece

It would make a really pretty hostess gift, too…

Red and white Christmas centerpiece | Learn how to add some Christmas spirit to your table with a DIY candy cane centerpiece! | DIY Quick and Easy Candy Cane Centerpiece!
Red and white Christmas centerpiece


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