Sunday, December 18, 2011

How: Candy Cane Place Card Holders

Candy Cane Place Card Holder

Christmas is my favorite holiday.  For lots of reasons.  One reason is that my parents host a framily* get together and it is always a wonderful time.  For the last few years, I have prepared a few of the appetizers.  Last year I made little signs to label the apps.  This year I decided to step it up a notch and make these candy cane place card holders to fancy up the app labels. These took me maybe 15 minutes from start to finish.  Super easy and also awfully cute, if I do say so myself.

Start with two candy canes.
Glue the two candy canes together to create the label holder.
Glue on a third candy cane so the holder can stand on its own.
Add labels or place cards and ta-da!
(Yes, these are the apps I'm making for Christmas dinner.)

What You'll Need:
Small candy canes, three for each place card holder, unwrapped
Glue gun
Index cards or other heavy paper for the labels
Ribbon, optional

1. Place a dot or small stripe of glue along the side of one candy cane and press the second candy cane against the first.  Hold for a few seconds until the glue has cooled.
2. Glue the third candy cane to the back of the first two so that the holders can stand on their own.
3. If using ribbon, now is the time to add a little bow around the three candy canes.
4. Make place cards or food labels out of small tags cut from index cards, or other heavy paper, and pens.
5. Place finished cards in the candy cane place card holders.

* Framily = friends who are family


  1. If you leave the candy cane wrapped when you glue ~ then guests (old and young) can refresh with the candy cane

  2. Love this idea! Will be using it this year! Thanks for sharing!

  3. I am using these for my ladies Christmas party at church, I am using business cards for the individual names, so cute. Thanks for the idea!

  4. Its hard to leave them wrapped, they don't stand well n then u cant put the place cards in. I tried!

    1. Thanks for testing it out! I think it may work with the larger, tightly wrapped candy canes, but not with the loosely wrapped, little ones. :)

  5. Royal icing would keep this adorable idea completely edible.

  6. I used a rubber band to hold them together (it allowed for adjusting) and then covered up the elastic with a twist tie bow...we used them to label dishes at our work potluck

  7. Hi Emily - The team here at is always looking for unique classroom party craft, recipe and decoration ideas for our room parent readers. I am currently working on a Winter Classroom Party Ideas round up and would love to feature your Candy Cane Placecards idea ( in the article -- we’d feature a 1-2 sentence summary, along with your image. We’ll of course reference you as the source and link over to your site for full instructions and for the printable.

    If you could let me know by Friday November 21st if you’d like be included in our ideas round up, that would be great. In the meantime, you can visit us at,, and

    Thanks so much!


    1. Hi Kerri,

      Thanks for checking and yes, that would be fine to include the idea in your article. I appreciate you linking back to my blog.


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  10. So cut, i was llooking for something different for my Thanksgiving Day dinner table and this is it ! Thanks for sharing, Happy Holidays.

  11. This took my husband and I about 15 mins to make 16 stands. We are not crafty, and I half-expected this to be one of those pinterest disasters that I am always seeing online. We used mostly mini candy canes, which we left in the wrappers since many of them were broken. The candy canes were pretty tightly wrapped in the plastic. We were a few candy canes short (some were too badly broken), but we had some full size candy canes, and those worked fine as the third one to two minis. We used a hot glue gun. My husband made the cards on the computer. It all looks very fancy & fantastic for our Christmas party!

    1. Yay! So glad it worked out! I think it is actually better to use the tightly wrapped ones because 1) they won't get sticky on you and 2) you could probably still eat them once they have served their place card-holding purpose. :) Happy Holidays!