How to Make Holiday Christmas Candy Garland
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How to Make Holiday Christmas Candy Garland

If you want to deck the halls this holiday season, skip the traditional boughs of holly for a fun DIY holiday garland! We love this time of year for the bright candy colors, candy cane stripes and shiny foil wrapping on everything. There’s color inspiration everywhere we look, and it makes the holiday season so much more sparkly. If you’ve got a sweet tooth (or not), you need this candy garland in your life right now. Plus, your dentist will love you for it, because it’s not real candy — it just looks like it :) But hey, if you want to stash some sweets in there, we won’t judge! Keep reading for instructions on how to make your sweet and sparkly candy garland.

Materials:

— decorative ribbon

— coin rolls

— white acrylic paint

— paint brush

— cellophane

— string (for garland)

— wire or thread (for tying candy wrappers)

Tools:

— glue gun

— scissors

Instructions:

1. Paint a coin roll with white acrylic paint. You’ll need about three thin layers to completely cover the brown kraft paper.

2. Once dry, add a dot of glue with your glue gun to one side of the coin roll.

3. Take a piece of decorative ribbon and attach it to the glue. Wrap it all the way around and secure it every so often with a dot of glue.

4. Using scissors, trim off any excess ribbon from the sides.

5. Cut a rectangular piece of cellophane (about three times the length and width of the roll) to act as a candy wrapper for your coin roll.

6. Wrap the cellophane around your roll. With your glue gun, add a dot of glue to the cellophane and glue it shut.

7. Continue steps 1 – 5 to create as many faux candies as you’d like.

8. Cut a long piece of string and drop the string through one candy at a time to create a garland.

9. Wrap a small piece of wire around each side of the clear candy wrapper, as if you’re wrapping a piece of candy. Wrap the wire tightly to secure the candy roll to the string and keep it in place.

To begin, paint a coin roll with white acrylic paint. You’ll need about three thin layers to completely cover the brown kraft paper, but it dries very quickly, so it won’t take too long. Pro tip: remember not to add any water to your paint — extra moisture will warp the kraft paper.

Once your painted coin roll has dried, add a dot of glue with your glue gun to one side of the coin roll. Then take a piece of decorative ribbon and attach it to the glue.

Wrap your decorative ribbon all the way around and secure it every so often with a dot of glue. This isn’t super important, but it will prevent the ribbon from shifting while you’re handling it. With your scissors, trim off any excess ribbon that is hanging off the sides.

Cut a rectangular piece of clear wrapping paper to act as a candy wrapper for your coin roll. You will need it to be about three times the length and width of the roll. Wrap the clear wrapping paper around your roll. With your glue gun, add a dot of glue to the wrapping paper and glue it shut.

Continue steps 1-5 to create as many faux candies as you’d like. Cut a long piece of string and drop the string through one candy at a time to create a garland.

Once you’ve inserted string through all your candy rolls, wrap a small piece of wire or thread around each side of the clear candy wrapper as if you’re wrapping a piece of candy. Wrap the wire tightly to secure the candy roll and string to keep everything in place.

Enjoy the sweetness of the holiday season without the sugar coma!

What’s your favorite holiday treat this time of year? Let us know on Twitter @britandco!