How to Make Cute PVC Candy Canes That Even Light Up
Are you looking for some simple DIY Candyland decor ideas? These PVC candy canes are great for a front doorway if you are wanting more than just a wreath to deck your door this holiday season.
All you need for this project is some paint, PVC pipes, and a good strand of lights.
I don't personally have a doorway to decorate these with, but I have a very Christmas decoration-loving grandma who was super excited to add these to her front porch.
Here's how to make PVC pipe candy canes for a Candyland Christmas:
Tools and materials:
- 2 Strands of LED battery-powered lights
- 2 2"-3" PVC drain with stainless steel strain
- 2 2" PVC P-trap with union
- 2 2"x2" PVC solid pipe in 2' length
- 2 2" street elbow
- Sandpaper or sander
- Scotch tape or painter's tape
- Spray paint in colors of your choice (I used red and green)
- Handful of stones or rocks
- Ribbon (or pre-made Christmas bows)
Sand off any words from the PVC pipe pieces.
2. Assemble the PVC pipe candy canes
Place your PVC pieces together to form the shape of a candy cane.
On the bottom, you will put the drain with the stainless steel strain then the 2' solid pipe.
On top of the solid pipe goes the p-trap and then the elbow is attached to that.
3. Wrap tape
Wrap tape around the entire pipe form in a swirl so as to create the classic candy cane stripe.
4. Drill holes
Drill holes in between each tape stripe. This will allow the lights to shine through. Then spray paint the parts of the PVC that are showing with red paint.
5. Add a second stripe (optional)
Once your red paint has dried, you can add another smaller stripe in another color, if you want.
All you have to do is make sure to cover all the red paint that is on the piece and then leave small stripes within the white space open to be sprayed with another color.
You could use green, gold, or silver; the options are endless.
6. Remove the tape & drain
Once all the paint has dried remove all your tape and the bottom piece of the cane (the drain). Then feed your light strand into the pipes.
7. Add the lights
You can just leave the strand in the pipe to shine through or you can feed one bulb through each hole to rest on the outside of the cane.
Simply remove the bulb and feed it through the hole and then place it back in the socket once it is through and the bulb will rest on the outside.
8. Add a bow (optional)
If you want you can add a bit of extra charm by adding a bow around the candy cane.
You can buy a pre-made one or you can make your own and either tie it or as I did you can secure it with hot glue to the candy cane.
These bows are definitely a great touch. You can see them glistening against the string of lights in the candy canes and they just sort of complete the piece.
9. Add rocks or stones as weights
Before placing your drain back on the bottom of the candy cane add a handful of rocks or stones. This will help give weight to the bottom and keep the candy cane(s) from getting toppled over in the wind.
DIY PVC candy canes
Honestly getting all these bulbs through the holes was an interesting task when I got to the middle of the pipe, but I used some tweezers and pulled them through and I think it was worth the effort.
I took these to a neighbor's front door to test out how they would look and there you have it.
They looked great in the daylight and at night. The dark picture doesn't give them justice, but in person, they were gleaming away!
What do you think of these PVC pipe candy canes? Let me know in the comments below.