Get into the holiday spirit by creating a Christmas candy cane rag wreath. This candy cane craft is festive, plus it is easy to make.
Over the years I have made seasonal wreaths with round wire forms. So when I found a candy cane shaped wire form I was so excited and had to try it as a fabric wreath. I really liked how my Patriotic Rag Wreath turned out so I wanted to do something similar with this wreath frame.
DIY Farmhouse Candy Cane Rag Wreath
With rag wreaths, the fabric has unfinished ends and there will be loose strings, I think this is all part of the charm of the country rag wreath.
When mentally designing this rag wreath, I wanted the wreath fluffy and fill. The more strips tied to the wreath the fuller. Hand tying rag strips one by one to each wreath wire would accomplish a super fluffy wreath.
I also wanted it to look like a candy cane. So the choice of fabric and the placement of the fabric were important. More about that later.
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how to make a candy cane rag wreath
WHAT YOU NEED for the rag wreath:
INSTRUCTIONS for candy cane rag wreath:
STEP 1: gather supplies
The supplies and tools need to make this rag wreath project are listed above.
Fabric choice for Christmas candy cane rag wreath?
You want it to look like a candy cane. So, choose either plain red and white fabric or a fabric with a small pattern on the color. I choose a red print and a white fabric with a small red print.
During the holiday season, many stores have holiday fabric on sale.
How much fabric is needed for the candy cane wreath?
The candy cane wire wreaths come in different sizes. I used a 20" wire form which required 1 yard of red and 1 yard of white fabric. To make a different size, all you have to remember is the larger the candy cane form the more fabric you'll need to cover it. The smaller the wire form, the less fabric you'll need.
Where can you buy a candy cane wire frame?
Candy cane wire forms are sold online and at craft stores or even dollar stores. Depending on where they are purchased, they come in different sizes.
STEP 2: cutting fabric for the rag wreath
Start by cutting the red and white fabric into strips that are 1” wide x 6” long. You will need a lot of strips.
An easy way to cut the strip is by using a quilter ruler, cutting mat and rotary cutter which makes the job quicker. However, you can also use a scissor and ruler to measure and cut the strips.
Here is how to cut it quickly. Lay the folded fabric onto a cutting mat and line up the lines on the mat to be sure it’s straight. Cut the fabric into 6” strips from selvage to selvage.
Stack a few (2 or 3) of the 6” strips on top of each other and sub-cut into 1” strips. Stacking fabric will make the cutting go really fast. Most rotary cutters can cut 6 layers at once.
Don’t worry if the strips are not perfect. It won’t be noticeable when tied to the wreath.
STEP 3: tying strips to wire candy cane wreath form
Once the fabric is cut into strips, it is time to begin tying them onto the candy cane wreath form.
This part is easy to do, it's a repetitive task, but takes quite a bit of time. To make it go faster and be fun, try multitasking. Work on the wreath while watching TV or a movie, listening to music or a podcast, or while chatting with friends.
When all the fabric is cut, keep the red and white strips separated into two piles. The candy cane wreath frame is divided into sections. My wire frame has seven sections. Each section will be filled with one color.
Start at either end of the wire form, tie a red strip to the wire with an overhand knot. You only need to tie it once. No need for a double knot.
There will be enough fabric on the wreath to keep everything secure. Continue to tie red strips on each wire until the first section is filled. As you tie, push the strips very close together. This will give the wreath a fuller appearance.
Here is a look at the back of the wreath:
After completing the first section, use the white strips to completely fill in the next section. Continue alternating colors tying and and scrunching them together until the candy cane wreath form is completely covered.
All the strip ends should be on the front of the wreath and look similar to the image below.
STEP 4: add a hanger
To hang the candy cane rag wreath on a door, window or wall, you will need something to hang it with. I used a long strip of fabric tied to the back in a loop to hang the wreath. Other options would be to use ribbon or twine.
STEP 5: decorate the candy cane wreath
Since my candy cane fabric wreath is so colorful, I decided to keep it simple and use it un-embellished. I like the farmhouse style of the wreath. However, if you wish, add embellishments to the wreath with greenery, berries, ball ornaments, a bow and so on.
And that's it - couldn't be easier. So happy with my super fluffy candy cane rag wreath. It did take me 2-3 hours but the end result was worth it. It's beautiful.
Another thing I like about a rag wreath is it is easy to store when not in use. When ready to use it again, just fluff the fabrics and ta-da it is ready to hang on the door or in your home.
This wreath would definitely make a great, unique gift for people, too.
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