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Last Minute Christmas Decor – Part 1

Last Minute Christmas Decor – Part 1

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. (My vase is 3½” diameter X 4″ high.)

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

Candy canes arranged around the vase

Insert Candy canes between rubber band and vase
The original 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.

Add a pretty ribbon to cover the top rubber band.

Candy Cane Vase with Bow

I will fill this with flowers later today. That way they will still be fresh for Christmas Day but we’ll have them to enjoy for a few days beforehand.

I used 2 1/2 boxes of candy canes so $5 for those and 69 cents for the thrift store vase. 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. I didn’t count those in the above cost because I’ll crush the broken ones and use them in my Christmas baking.

When I was going through our boxes of decorations, I came across these that I’d saved from a Christmas center piece I received as a gift several years ago.

Christmas center piece from saved items

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



  • Rachel
    December 22, 2015 12:50 pm

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

  • Jenny Benton
    December 22, 2015 3:49 pm

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 🙂

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