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how to make a candy wreath

One of my favorite challenges is finding a craft that doubles both as a fun family activity and a gift–especially during this crazy busy but totally festive time of year.

And the Candy Wreath is a serious winner in both categories.

It’s a project–several steps and takes a bit o’ quality family time and manpower.

It’s a gift–it’s beautiful when finished. And kids’ smiles upon completion are totally worth a million bucks.

For the most part, it’s inexpensive. Aside from the candy, the materials are pretty affordable–which makes it a big-time winner in my book.

Here’s the skinny. . .

  • How to Make a Fun and Fabulous Candy Wreath: The Candy Wreath is simple: it’s wrapped candy tied to a wire hanger. That’s it.

To make it, you simply need:

But it looks like a whole lot more:

how to make a candy wreath cut ribbon

Lots of cutting. . .


how to make a candy wreath tie candy

. . . and tying. . .

how to make a candy wreath candy

 . . . and candy-eating goes into making these wreaths!

 Want the real skinny?

Check out How to Make a Fun & Fabulous Candy Wreath vlog for the steps, the how-to, and a little more:


This is the very first year our family rocked out the Candy Wreath, though growing up, we made them quite often.  My grandma taught my mom, and my mom taught my three sisters and me, and many a winter night was spent watching tv, chatting, and cutting or tying, tying or cutting.


how to make a candy wreath wreath

Final wreath? So pretty. And such a fun gift to give.

I think I cried hard my first year at college when the infamous wreath arrived at my dorm–a care package that spoke more to me than to the tons of friends who came by to grab candy before or after class would ever know. I knew the hours that went into making it. I knew the fingers that tied those ribbons.  And I wondered how it was at home–that year I wasn’t there to make them with everybody else.

I remember feeling my heart ache for the changes that this year signified.  But I remember feeling really loved.

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So here’s to hoping that the Candy Wreaths are a from-here-on-out tradition for our family–and here’s to hoping that I don’t weep too heavily when I send that Candy Wreath off to my baby eight years from now–when my first heads off to college.

Happiest holidays to you!

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  1. What a lovely family tradition! This would be great while watching Christmas specials or listening to Christmas music. How nice!

  2. Adorable. My kids would eat it pretty quickly!

  3. Awesome! Thanks for sharing ;)

  4. Was definitely going to attempt one of these for a wedding party table and for bride and groom to take home. :)

  5. Pinned this year too, timeless idea! Thanks for the step by step info, that is always appreciated. Thanks.

  6. I used to work at the post office and every year a lady would bring one of these in for us all to share. I never knew how to make it , now I do :) . I think Ill make one for my mail carrier, small one has to fit in my mail box lol. Thank you very much!!

    • wanda! SO cool! what a wonderful woman to make these for you every year–now you can return the good karma!!


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