Thrifty Valentine Candy Cane Hearts

Do you remember making these in elementary school or maybe Girl Scouts? I always have a ton of leftover candy canes. They are still just fine but, they end up sitting in a jar or glass somewhere ignored. Then while I was brainstorming some Valentine Decorations made from what I have ideas, a light bulb clicked....Candy cane hearts.

So, I grabbed what ribbon I had, the hot glue gun and the candy canes. Now, I will tell you, if I would have had plain pink or red ribbon, I would have liked to have used that. But, I didn't, so I used what I had Which was some heart ribbon and some Christmas wired ribbon. I got the wired ribbon after Christmas for .50 cents a roll at The Christmas Tree Shop.

Oop, sorry. I use this old plastic covered place mat as a project mat when I am hot gluing. It really is distracting isn't it. LOL

When I first started making these, I hot glued several candy candes together thinking it would be easier to then wrap them in ribbon. It's not! Wrap the candy canes first. Just start at the bottom, add a dab of hot glue to the ribbon then wrap up and finish with another dab of hot glue.

Here is a pic of both hot glued first then wrapped (heart on the left). And then wrapping first then hot gluing (right heart).

Much neater wrapped then glued. See, I like to show off my mistakes! LOL I just figure it will save you a lot of time and isn't that what sharing ideas is all about?

Once the glue was set, I just tied off a piece of ribbon on the bottom to sort of hide where they connect. I then added a ribbon to hang them with.

Then I tied them on a couple of candlesticks.

I also made one wrapped in the wired ribbon. That one was a bit more of a pain to do.

You could also just glue the candy canes together and add a ribbon not wrapped.

**A Thrifty Crafting Tip**

Since I am really trying to reuse or re purpose things instead of buying new, I use all kinds of odds and ends. For a recent project I wanted some colored paper hearts. I found a few paint sample cards that we had gotten when we did a mystery shop at a local paint store awhile back. The work great for paper projects.

Now you all know that Monday is a big "crafting" party day! So, check out all these fun blogs to get more fun ideas!

Shades of Pink

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The Girl Creative

The Persimmon Perch

Make Your Monday



  1. I've never seen the candy cane hearts before! very cute!

  2. Well Diann, those candy cane hearts are just the cutest things ever. Cool idea. :o)

  3. Like these! I didn't buy any this year though so I don't have tehm but will remember for next year!
    Hugs, Lisa

  4. Wow, those are so cute, I NEVER would have thought of that! Thanks for linking to me!

  5. I love the candy cane hearts, What a great way to use up those candy canes that are still hanging around. Great job and thanks for sharing.

    Cha Cha

  6. Diann, these are so clever and so cute! Thanks for some great ideas! laurie

  7. Great use of leftover candy canes...those are adorable!

  8. very clever! Love it, and thanks for sharing this idea.

  9. Super cute and a great way to add some Vday accents !

  10. so cute! i'll have to pay more attention to those after Christmas clearance candy canes (whoa, say that 5 times fast) next year so I can make some of these!

  11. Candy cane Hearts. great idea!!

    paint chip hearts great too!


    barbara jean

  12. Your were very creative to turn those candy canes into hearts. Candy canes were on sale a few weeks ago at my local grocery store for $.10 a box. I loaded up on them to use as treats at school. I may have to take a few home to do your cute project.

  13. Cute! And I never thought of using paint sample cards for crafts...great idea!
    Cindy at Lakewood

  14. those candy canes are precious! and the paint samples... never thought of that! what a great idea!

  15. I love the candy canes wrapped in ribbon- very cute!

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  16. What a great idea! Thanks for sharing with Made it Monday! Jules

  17. How clever using the paint samples. I love it.


  18. This is an adorable idea! I will be sharing your idea and the link to your site on my blog.

  19. Fun, I had never seen cand ycane hearts until this Christmas when I visited a friend's house and she had one on her tree. I borrowed the idea for my girl's Valentine cards this year. I bought candy canes on clearance after Christmas then I made plain hearts. I found some images of Raggedy Ann on Project Gutenberg and printed them on card stock along with the quote "Candy hearts are sweet hearts."

  20. Hi there, I'm visiting from Richardson's in Germany. I recently made some art from scrap book paper and wanted to make another one for my daughter for her upcoming birthday. I was about to go out tonight to get some scrapbook paper in red, black, white and greys. Then I saw this absolutely fabulous idea and I want to thank you for it. Thank you.


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