how to: make a candy wreath

candy wreath diy

these wreaths are so much fun! you can use your favorite wrapped candy – werthers, mini tootsie rolls – any candy that’s wrapped with the little twists at the ends. it does take a little bit of time to make (maybe an hour or two) but the process is really simple. plus, it only uses a wire hanger, a bunch of candy (i had a 3lb. bag and had a few candies left over), and a roll of floral tape. and everyone loves being able to just come by and unwrap a candy!

here’s how to make it:

start off by taking a regular ol’ wire hanger. bend it, step on it, pull it – whatever it takes – to get it into a circle shape. this should only take you a couple of minutes, and it’s not all that tough to do.

regular wire hanger bent into a wreath shape

next, take a length of floral tape. this stuff is perfect for this project – it is just the right amount of sticky when pulled slightly. wrap it around the wire hanger a couple of times, then use it to attach a candy by wrapping it over and under one end of the wrapper a few times.

wire hanger, candy, floral tape

keep adding candies, one at a time. it’ll take some getting used to, but you’ll get the hang of it soon.

candies on a wreath

just keep going…

how to make a christmas wreath

and going…

mint starlight candy wreath

and every now and again, use your fingers to push the candies down, squishing them all together so that there are no gaps.

make a wreath out of your favorite wrapped candy

keep going, you’re almost there!

mint candy wreath

once your candy’s made it full circle, tie a bow on the top. (i will be the first to admit that i do NOT know how to tie a good bow. but you get the idea….)

candy and bow

and there you have it! a great candy wreath to hang in your home during the holidays or to give away as gifts. let everyone come by and unwrap a treat or two! (that’s the best part!)



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  1. Looks good enough to eat!!

  2. I have been making these for years. Tie a small pair of scissors on a piece of ribbon and hang from the top of the wreath so guests can snip the candy off easily.

  3. MCatherine says:

    When I give a candy wreath, I include one of my hearts so that after the candy is gone, the love lingers on.

  4. I use a styrofoam wreath form, cover it with some holiday cloth ribbon, hot glue it on and then hot glue the candy to the form. When the candy is all gone, they still have a nice holiday wreath and can put more candy on it if you want and definately add scissors. They are great gifts.

  5. Hi,
    I was wondering if I could use normal ribbon instead?

    • good question! i’ve never tried it before. the floral tape has a little bit of stick to it and is really stretchy so it’s easy to use on this project. if you did use normal ribbon you’d probably have to tie it super tight to get it to hold. let me know how it goes!

  6. Hi Kate,
    I was wondering about how many bags of candy and rolls of floral tape would I need to complete one wreath?

    • Hi Norma! I found a 3-pound bag of the red and white mint candies you see in the pictures. As I was making the wreath I was afraid I was going to run out but ended up having enough. I guess it depends on what size the candies are and the shape and how closely you stack them together (mine are really close together). But there’s somewhere to start. Also, the floral tape, I didn’t even end up using a whole roll – it stretches as you pull it so that makes it go even further! Hope that helps!

  7. Can you pull off the candy to eat easily?

    • Yes – because the candies are twist-tied at both ends, you can just untwist the exposed end and eat the candy! every now and again the whole candy comes off with the wrapper – it depends on how hard you pull 😉

  8. Are you using ribbons are twist ties to hold candy on? Please help. Oh and and thank you. I’ve been looking for how to make these for Years & years. My grandma made them. No one knew what I was talking about. I’m so glad. I found how to do. So thank you!

    • i used floral tape to hold the candies on – it’s a little bit sticky and a little bit stretchy so it’s perfect for keeping them put. hope that helps! and good luck, Machelle! :)

  9. Donna Crowe says:

    I have always used dental floss to attach the candy to the clothes hanger.

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