A pool noodle isn’t the first thing we’d think of if we were brainstorming ideas for holiday decor materials.
But Channing from Hometalk made a video in her Texas home showing how you can use one to create a darling candy cane wreath for your front door.
For this project you’ll need:
- One pool noodle (any color will do because you’re going to cover it)
- A serrated knife
- 12 gauge wire
- A hot glue gun
- Suction cup hangers
- Any accessories you’d like to add
Get your noodle ready
Channing begins by cutting her noodle in half. In fact, in the end, she’s going to make two candy canes that she will criss-cross in order to make a larger wreath.
So if you’re going to do the same, you’ll want to double all the steps.
If you’re not convinced this is going to look right, head over to your door and see how well the size works.
As a trial, simply bend the noodle to get a sense of how much of your door it will cover.
Now, you want to grab your 12-gauge wire and make a loop at the end so you don’t have any sharp edges poking out.
Stick the looped end in so it ends at the top.
Then, snip off the wire at the end of your candy cane (creating another loop if you want to make sure there are no pokey parts).
Once you’ve threaded the wire through the pool noodle, you’ll bend it into a candy cane by creating a U-shape at the top.
Do this for your other pool noodle as well and be sure they are bent in the same place.
Make it pretty
Now you have two candy cane-shaped pool noodles. Not very attractive yet – but it will be! It’s time to grab your ribbon.
You can choose any ribbon you want, but you’ll really need it to be at least 2″ wide unless you want to be wrapping forever.
Warm up your glue gun so you can seal both ends with a bit of ribbon.
You certainly don’t want your wire slipping out!
And just stick about 5 inches of ribbon across the openings.
Now it’s time to wrap it up.
Beginning at the bottom, start winding your ribbon around the pool noodle.
You’ll probably want to add some glue along the way unless you’re confident that you’re winding it tightly enough for the ribbon to stay put without slipping
Take your ribbon all the way to the top and use your glue gun again to affix your ribbon in place at the top.
Bringing it all together
Once you’re done wrapping your candy canes, you’ll criss-cross them over one another. This will be the shape of your wreath.
Grab your 12-gauge wire once again and use it to attach the candy canes to one another.
You’ll need to bind it tightly, but you’ll also have another chance to make sure they don’t come apart.
Grab your glue gun again and run a bit of glue along the center of your wreath.
You’re going to wrap your ribbon around it one more time and you need to keep them in place.
Then, wrap as much ribbon as you’d like around the wire until it’s no longer visible.
Now you’ll grab whatever other accessories you’ve chosen – in Channing’s case, she chose more ribbon and a wicker stem.
If you’d like to follow her lead, tie a bow around the candy canes.
You can stick anything you’d like in there as the finishing touch – even live greens.
Hang it up
Once you’re sure all the glue is dry and you have a sturdy wreath, affix your suction cup holders to the door.
If you don’t have glass on your door, there are plenty of other options, depending on what it’s made of.
Channing grabbed one more piece of ribbon to use as a hanger. But you can use twine or fishing line, depending on what kind of look you’re going for.
Now it’s time to hang it up and admire your work!
If you want to watch Channing make this from beginning to end, be sure to scroll down below (but beware, there’s a crafting fail in there as well).
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