Christmas and candy canes go hand in hand. These sugary sweet candy cane door decorations made with poly deco mesh and a candy cane work form are perfect for the holidays. Even Mrs. Claus would approve!
Here is the tutorial for creating on of these fun candy cane door decorations. We made two versions of the candy cane.
WHITE STRIPED CANDY CANE SUPPLIES
21" Red/White Stripe deco mesh (1 10 yd roll)
30" Work White Candy Cane form (1)
*Optional Bow: 2.5" Red Poly Mesh Ribbon and Metallic Red Deco Flex Tubing Ribbon
RED CANDY CANE SUPPLIES
21" Metallic Red deco mesh (1 roll)
4" White/Iridescent ribbon (1 roll)
Scissors*Optional Bow: 2.5" Metallic Green ribbon, 4" Metallic Moss/Lime Ribbon, Craft Wire
Bunch the mesh into one hand, folding as you gather. Place the bunched mesh into the very bottom set of tinsel covered wire ties. Notice how we left the end facing inward (second photo) so that the frayed end will not be hanging out. Twist the ties firmly to secure the mesh.
Gather about a 9 inch length of mesh and secure into the next set of wire ties on the right. Now fold the mesh back and over and secure to the bottom left set of wire ties. The mesh should cover the wire ties on the right.
Continue this way all the way up the work form. Go back and forth and remember to fold the mesh over to the opposite set of wire ties, covering the previous set.
When you reach the top end of the work form, attach the mesh to the end set of ties. Fold the mesh back over and secure to the right set of ties. Trim the mesh with about 10" left. Fold over and attach the end of the mesh to the end set of ties. This way, the trimmed end of the mesh is hidden underneath the last puff.
Now you can add your own Christmas flair! For our white candy cane, we made a red layered bow out of 2.5" ribbon and deco flex tubing.
You can also use 10 inch deco mesh or even a combination of 2.5" and 4" deco mesh ribbon to make a Christmas bow. Click here for our easy bow tutorial.
HOW TO ADD A BOLD STRIPE:The red candy cane needs one extra step. Using the 4" white/iridescent ribbon, secure the end of the ribbon to the bottom first set of wire ties. The ribbon end should be hidden by the bottom puff. Next, bring the ribbon back over the front of the candy cane.
Continue around the back. Secure the ribbon to a set of wire ties every time it goes around the back. You should be working your way up the candy cane at a slight diagonal. Leave about 4" of space between each stripe.
For a green color accent, we made a bow using 2.5" Metallic Green ribbon, 4" Metallic Moss/Lime Ribbon, and Craft Wire.
You can follow the steps used our bow tutorial. The only difference is that you should hold the 2.5" and 4" ribbon flat together as you form loops. Also, spread apart the loops when you finish to make a fuller-looking bow.
Deco mesh comes in many colors, patterns and sizes so that you can customize your Christmas decorations.
For a complete selection of poly deco mesh, ribbon and work wreath forms,
For other ideas and tutorials using deco mesh and work wreath forms,
take a look at our videos
or browse through our previous blog posts.