How to decorate with candy canes


Here's a sweet twist on an old stand-by...candy canes at Christmas time. Instead of putting them on the tree, Interior designer Libby Langdon shows how to decorate vases and other containers to give your home a really festive holiday look.

How to decorate with candy canes

A fun and fresh way to use candy canes for the holidays is to incorporate them into your home décor. Designer Libby Langdon shows us how two of her creative candy cane decorating ideas - a candy cane vase and a candy cane candle.

For decorating a candy cane vase:

  1. Choose any kind of candy cane you want: sticks, hooks, old-fashioned large ones, et cetera. You should have enough to surround or line one side of your container.
  2. Choose a container that matches the candy canes in size. Good options include a clear glass cylinder vase, a square vase, or a hurricane for a candle.
  3. Line up the candy canes side-by-side all around the container and secure them with a rubber band.
  4. Tie a piece of ribbon around the container and candy canes over the rubber band. Add a sprig of greenery into the knot to spice it up.

This candy cane vase can be used to hold a candle, or for a holiday arrangement with flowers and branches.


For decorating a candy cane candle:

  1. Wrap a rubber band around the candle so it is snug.
  2. Insert your candy canes all around the candle of the same approximate height under the rubber band.
  3. Tie a ribbon around the candle to hide the rubber band.
  4. You can also add a little holly to spruce it up.
  5. Make sure to keep the ribbon and holly away from the candle's flame.



Transcript LISA: Hi I'm Lisa Birnbach for If you're looking for a new twist on holiday decorating, well, we have got a sweet new turn on the traditional floral arrangement thanks to my new friend, designer Libby Langdon, who is introducing us to the concept of candy as decoration.

LIBBY: Candy canes are the age-old holiday stand-by, but there are new ways you can use them that are going to give a more modern, a fresher look on the traditional candy cane.

LISA: And it's a graphic concept, too. Isn't it?

LIBBY: Absolutely, you just attach some candy canes-it could be to a cylinder vase. It could be-this is a square vase-it could be a hurricane for a candle. So what you're going to do is you're going to put the candy canes in there. You're going to set them on the front, but you're going to put a rubber band around the candy canes and around the cylinder or the vase.

LISA: That is a great secret.

LIBBY: That's going to hold them together. And then you're going to tie the bow around it, and I just put a sprig of holly in there because a little bit of the green absolutely spices it up.

LISA: Right.

LIBBY: These are the candy canes we see most often but these will still work. You'll have like a funny little lip, but it's absolutely okay. They don't have to be just these straight up and down ones.

LISA: So you could rubber band a bunch of these sticking out?


LISA: And then secure it with a ribbon and voila.

LIBBY: Exactly. And you can have them go directly around the candle. They don't just have to go around a cylinder. So just think about all the new ways you can use candy canes.

LISA: I'm thinking about it right now and I'm going to say bye-bye I have to go do something with a candy cane. Thank you Libby.

LIBBY: [Laughs] Thank you.

LISA: For I'm Lisa Birnbach.
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    Libby Langdon Interior Designer Libby Langdon is an interior designer and expert commentator on HGTV’s hit show “Small Space, Big Style.” She offers insights, techniques and tips to help viewers make the most of their own small space. more about this expert »