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DIY Candy Cane Wreath

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Red and white candy cane wreath. Super full wreath against a dark door.

How to make a quick Candy Cane wreath for your front door. This Christmas decoration is EASY to make and your kids can help!

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Wreaths aren’t really my thing. My mom makes glorious wreaths. I make door signs. I sew things. I don’t play with floral arrangements. I like to leave that to the professionals.

But when I saw this wire candy cane wreath frame at The Dollar Tree, I decided to give it a try for this week’s Deck the Home Challenge. This week’s theme is “Door Decor.”

And BOY was this an easy project! Totally worth it.

The best part is that my 5 year old picked up some of the pieces and helped me tie them on. It was nice doing a craft with him, and he got some practice on tying “knots.”

Supplies for a Fabric Wreath

Learn all about rotary cutters and how to use them!

Quick note on the fabric. I found THE CHEAPEST red and white cotton fabric that I could pull off the shelf at the store. I think the red was on sale for under $5/yard and the white was $1.99/yard or something crazy. I usually don’t work with inexpensive fabric because you get what you pay for- it frays, it looks bad after washing, etc. but this project has a lot of forgiveness for bad fabric. You don’t need to wash it. It’ll be under cover and away from the elements at my house. I did not prewash it. I didn’t even cut off the selvage or the fraying ends because I wanted it to be super scruffy looking.

Supplies for a fabric wreath with a $1 wire candy cane wreath frame

Again. This project is super forgiving. I love fabric wreaths.

DIY Fabric Candy Cane Wreath

You’ll start by cutting your fabric. The best way to do this is by using a quilting ruler, cutting mat, and rotary cutter to zip down the fabric. Don’t cut off any body parts… make sure your fingers are out of the way of the rotary cutter!

Using a rotary cutter to cut the strips of fabric.

I folded over the fabric once and cut 2″ strips. They can be approximate. They don’t have to be perfect. Once I cut a bunch of strips, I unfolded them all, then cut the length every 7″.

Essentially I cut a bunch of white fabric 2″x 7″ and a bunch of red fabric the same size.

Piles of red and white fabric strips.

Separate the white and red strips into piles.

Get your wreath form out.

The wreath form is segmented. Each segment should alternate colors. Start with white.

Tie your strips on. You only need to tie it once. The ends will stick up. It’s going to look realllllly bare at first, but you just keep adding more strips.

This is a picture of the back of the wreath. You can see all the single knot/ties.

Back of a fabric wreath. White fabric strips tied on.

You want to make sure you really maximize each row and fill it up. Keep sliding them to the end until you don’t have any more space in that segment. Then move onto the next section.

You can use less if you want your wreath to be a bit less full, but I love the full look and don’t like any part of the metal frame showing.

Progress photo of adding red and white stripes to a candy cane wreath form.

You can use a longer strip of fabric tied to the back as a loop to hang the wreath from.

Here’s a YouTube video of the process:

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How to make an easy candy cane wreath in under one hour. Love how simple these fabric wreaths are to make!
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Here’s the Google Web Story: Candy Cane Christmas Wreath

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Friday 8th of November 2019

This wreath is adorable! I love the classic colors!


Sunday 10th of November 2019

Thank you!

Lindsay Ponta

Tuesday 5th of November 2019

So sweet that he helped you!


Thursday 7th of November 2019

It was and a bit unusual for him to do so, lol. It's cuddly work too so I'll take it <3


Monday 4th of November 2019

VERY cute and fun for the Holidays! I like how full the fabric is. Thank you for the tutorial.


Monday 4th of November 2019

Thank you!


Monday 4th of November 2019

Oh!! Just saw your rotary cutter post!! I'll reference that, thanks!!


Monday 4th of November 2019

Yes you definitely need a new blade if you're having issues- UNLESS it's in a locked position. :) Sometimes the initial blades aren't the best/sharpest from what I hear... you may be able to contact manufacturer if it's new.


Monday 4th of November 2019

Love the candy cane wreath!!!

Does your rotary cutter cut well? I find that mine just doesn't cut, I keep wondering if I need to change it or if I'm just not using it correctly. hehe