A cheerful kitchen windowsill with a collection of old, very old bottles, a chippy santa mug, vintage (there’s that word again) santa candy mold and, of course, my handmade candy cane ornament. You can make one too, there is still time.
I bought these chenille stems at Hobby Lobby as is. They were with the Christmas crafts and may be sold out but you can twist red and white ones together yourself. Get the extra fluffly chenille stems. They just look better for this project.
I gave mine a tea bath overnight to give them that “vintage” look. See the difference? Then you can tumble them in the dryer (by themselves so they don’t get all bent), for a few minutes to dry and fluff them. It really doesn’t take long. Or you can air dry them, which does take a while, and fluff them by hand too. I’ve done it both ways, the dryer is easier.
Cut each stem in half, curl the end to make the cane shape. You can use the mouth of a bottle as a form to wrap the end around so they are all uniform and you aren’t forever fiddling with the shape, because you know you will.
Overlap two canes, put a dab of glue between them to hold them together. Let that dry and tie with a red bow. And if you’d like, brush the tops with glue and sprinkle with glitter. I used Martha Stewart’s “Snow” glitter. It really is flakey and sparkly, just like last night’s snow.
Below you can see my inspiration, a very old and brittle ornament from an estate sale.
Now, what to do with all these little lovelies. Hang them on the tree, or a cabinet knob, or a wreath. Display them in your chippy santa mug or an apothecary jar. Layer them in a bowl with starfish, tie them onto gifts, give them as holiday party favors. Put several in a clear bag, tie with a bow and give as a hostess gift. Print out the Legend of the Candy Cane, attach the ornament and give that as a gift.