How to make a candy wreath

    Posted by  ·  December 10, 2008

    In our family these candy wreaths are a holiday tradition that was passed from one lovely and creative woman to her equally lovely and creative sister. What a joy to have known that incredible woman and what a blessing it has been for me to be able have that sister for my sister-n-law. Each year my sister-in-law makes these wreaths for my children to take to school to hang in their classrooms. What a sweet treat for all of the kids!

    First you need curling ribbon, some pretty ribbon to make a bow, a small pair of scissors, an 8″ or 9″ embroidery hoop, spray paint or colored electricians tape and 3 lbs of hard candy.

    You can also use the part of embroidery hoop with the metal closure– just tape over the metal part to secure it together and make sure you place it at the bottom when hanging.

    Did I mention loads of candy

    First paint or cover your hoop with colored electricians tape (makes it a little prettier as the candy is removed).  Begin by tying about a 2 yard piece of curling ribbon to the hoop and then covering the knot with tape.

    Place a piece of candy on the hoop and tightly wrap the curling ribbon around the hoop catching the tail of the candy wrapper

    Continue wrapping the candy to the hoop.  If the curling ribbon runs short tie off the ribbon to the hoop and tie on another piece and begin again.  Wrap the candy as close together as you can so you have a full wreath.

    When finished wrapping all of the candy, tie on a pair of scissors for cutting off the candy.

    Tie on a loop of ribbon for hanging and add a bow!



    1. Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      Such a cute idea.
    2. Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      I love these! You can do them on the styrafoam cones to make trees, too! So fun!
    3. Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      great idea!!!!!!! reminds me of the candy lei's i make.
    4. tammi
      Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      this is sooo cute!! Will be making this for the kids grandma house and teacher!! thanks so much!
    5. Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      This is TOO cute! My kids would have it destroyed in seconds! I love it!
    6. Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      We used to make these when I was growing up . . . except without the scissors. We would just unwrap the candy and leave the wrappers on the wreath. It was fun to watch the progression of the wreath as the candy disappeared, and see how pretty it was, even without the goodies on it.

      Thanks for the memory jog. :o)
    7. Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      Hi what a lovely idea...I will have to try this down here, in The Bahamas
    8. Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      I've always wondered, thanks for the inside tip!
    9. Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      I just saw another blogger do this with all peppermints and thought what a delicious idea it was! Thanks for the awesome tutorial!
    10. Corona
      Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
      Your Ideas make me want to craft again
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    12. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
      Wow! We used to make these as kids. What fun!!
    13. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
      that is so precious! my grandmother used to do one similar to this with little candy canes...only, she hot glued them onto a ribbon wreath
    14. Friday, December 12th, 2008
      This is so unbelievably adorable. I absolutely LOVE it!
    15. Saturday, December 13th, 2008
      My family makes the candy wreaths each year, too. We usually use the small child-sized iron hangers so we can bend them into whatever shape we want. We've made bells, wreaths, stars...whatever you can come up with. Love your blog.
    16. Mary Somerville
      Sunday, November 15th, 2009
      These are fantastic! I've never seen them before.The little scissors are a great touch.I'll definitely be doing lots of these(and will be able to afford to!)They look too cute to eat, but I know the kids won't think so!Thanks!
    17. Friday, November 20th, 2009
      What a lovely idea! Thanks so much for posting the instructions.I just made one of these for my son's school christmas fair. It's not as pretty as your version, but of course you had the benefit of practice! You can see mine at, and I did include a link back to your instructions. I may make another for at home, but I think I'll use a smaller hoop for that in the interests of preserving the kids' teeth! Thanks again, Kay
    18. Tuesday, April 6th, 2010
      Hi hope you don't mind but I made my own version of this and have credited you as the inspiration on my blog. Love your site and your inspirations.
    19. Monday, December 6th, 2010
      I love this, marking it in my favs to make for the kids this week!~
    20. Tuesday, December 7th, 2010
      Hi Cindy, I'd love to have this candy wreath in my Tell Me Tuesday link party at Vintage Pollyanna! I have seen one with unwrapped peppermints that I am going to try.
    21. Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
      This is such a fun project. Our family has made these often. We have also used balloons.
    22. Carol
      Friday, May 20th, 2011
      this brings back so many memories. We used to make these every year in Girl Scouts in the 60's & early 70's. I was just thinking about them recently and thought this would be fun to do with my two grandaughters. this coming xmas. I will be making some. Thanks for the memories.
    23. Carol
      Friday, May 20th, 2011
      One other thing that I just remembered. We made ours with wire clothes hangers. Wish I had kept all the metal hangers I just tossed about 2 months ago!
    24. Wednesday, December 14th, 2011
      Cute idea! Love that you attached the scissors!
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      Thursday, May 10th, 2012
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    26. kim
      Monday, June 4th, 2012
      Love this idea. I am going to make one with my grankdkids to give to their mom for her birthday.
    27. Carey Lou
      Sunday, October 14th, 2012
      Thank you so much, my hubby found this on his phone for me and said it was fate because of the "skiptomylou". LOVE IT!!!!
    28. Judi
      Sunday, December 2nd, 2012
      Have been looking for how exactly to do this for several years. Thanks
    29. Rene
      Monday, December 17th, 2012
      This is not a new idea... It has been around for 40+ years. My sitter, the one that watched me when I was 7-8)made these wreaths and sold them. She was such a crafty lady...We had one hanging on our door every year. Now I am going to try and replicate Jenni's handiwork...
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