When I first decided to do this project, it was going to be a sewing project. I actually made up one of these on my machine first. But then I decided I’d like to do a no-sew version – and I ended up loving the way the no-sew version looked so much that I scrapped the original plan all together!
This project was inspired by an old friend who years ago gave me a macrame candy cane holder that I just loved! Over the many (many) years since then, it has become discolored and stained. I finally decided that I just had to retire it, even though I loved it so much! So when I saw this cute holiday printed jute material at Hobby Lobby, I knew just what I wanted to make.
This is the kind of project that is simpler to do than it sounds. It’s actually easy to do while sitting in front of the tv with your family in the evening.
Here’s all you need:
- Jute fabric (any fabric that is heavy enough to hold its shape hanging would probably work)
- Basting pins (if you don’t know what they are, they’re just big safety pins)
- Clear seed beads (check to make sure the hole is big enough to fit onto the basting pins)
- Ribbon (I used a 1 1/2 inch wide ribbon with a slight ruffle at the edge)
- 1/4 inch dowel
- Twine for hanging
I just cut a 9 1/2″ x 17″ rectangle of fabric. I unraveled a few threads from each side and the bottom to make a pretty little fringe. I used a touch of clear nail polish on the raw edges of the ribbon to prevent it from raveling. Starting at the bottom, I pinned the ribbon on, stringing beads onto the pin where it showed. This is where it’s harder to explain than it is to do, so look at the pictures below. I just put the pin through from the back, strung on a few beads, then pushed the pin back through to the back to fasten. Then I worked my way up doing the same thing over and over, and using a candy cane to measure for each pin placement. (In the pictures below you can see how I used an extra pin to mark my spot from the front before putting the pin through from the back). I knew that I didn’t want to put a candy cane in every spot, but I liked the ruched look I got, and that it still looked pretty with our without candy canes.
When I got to the top, I cut the ribbon off even with the top of the fabric, and then used the same ribbon to tie a pretty bow for the top. I folded the top of the fabric over my dowel, and used another basting pin to pin through all the layers and pin the bow to the front side. I used another pin on each side to fasten the folded fabric, and used another seed bead to disguise the pins everywhere they showed. (You can see in the pictures, there are just a couple of little beads showing on each side where the pins came through.) I used the twine to tie to the ends of the dowel as a hanger. I used just a drop of hot glue on each side to keep the twine from sliding around on the dowel, but regular glue or whatever you’ve got would probably be fine for this.
I had so much fun making this, and I know my family loves having candy canes hanging around throughout the Christmas season. I got some cute glass candy cane ornaments at Hobby Lobby that I can use to fill it in if they eat too many. I think it even looks cute without candy canes. I hope you like it, too.