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Candy Cane Vase – Last Minute Christmas Decor

Candy Cane Vase – Last Minute Christmas Decor

I’ve had this candy cane vase pinned for ages and just got around to trying it this year.  (The pinned version can be found on Katie Brown Home Workshop.)

Take a small cylindrical vase and place two rubber bands around it. The original instructions called for one rubber band at the top of the vase but I found that the candy canes wouldn’t stay put, so I added a red rubber band at the bottom as well.

Slip candy canes under the rubber bands all the way around until the vase is hidden from view.

For my vase which is 3½” diameter X 4″ high, I needed 39 candy canes.

Candy canes arranged around the vase

2 1/2 boxes of candy canes came to around $5. 69 cents for the thrift store vase and the ribbon came from my stash.

Total cost: $5.69

A tip from the wise though… don’t use dollar store candy canes. I tried them but they kept breaking. Those weren’t counted in the above cost because they’ll be crushed and used in holiday baking.

Insert Candy canes between rubber band and vase

Add the ribbon to cover the top rubber band.

Candy Cane Vase with Bow

The candy cane vase can be made ahead of time and then a few days before Christmas add red and white flowers of your choice.

Candy Cane Vase filled with flowers


For another quick, easy and inexpensive Christmas center piece using the items pictured below, check out my Easy Christmas Centerpiece post.

Christmas center piece from saved items

I’ll be back later today to show you the finished center piece.


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  • Celtic Thistle Stitches
    December 24, 2015 1:03 pm

    Just goes to prove that old adage that you get what you pay for even with candy canes Sue 🙂

  • Susan
    December 23, 2015 11:14 pm

    We made those vases in our Christmas craft day at my ward last year! I love mine, but I didn’t get it out this year – or anything else. Just the tree with lights. I look forward to seeing what you do with those parts.

  • MA
    December 22, 2015 5:23 pm

    I had planned to make one of these (for several years actually!) and forget about it every year. I don’t like eating candy canes, but this would make a beautiful gift.

  • Jenny Benton
    December 22, 2015 3:49 pm

    I’m very impressed – would never have thought of that idea myself.

  • Rachel
    December 22, 2015 12:50 pm

    Very successful, that vase effect, and I’m looking forward to seeing the centrepiece!

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