A Candy Land-Inspired Garland to Sweeten Your Space

Sugar, spice and everything nice! Our DIY candy-themed garland will brighten your holiday decor and make your mouth water all at once.

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We love a classic fireplace decorated with tinsel and baubles, but why not infuse some extra sweetness into your festive decor? Think: a homemade Christmas candy garland right in your living room, just waiting to conjure lollipop dreams and gumdrop wishes. In this DIY guide, we'll show you how to create a fireplace garland that will capture the holiday spirit while adding sugary nostalgia to your home decor—with retro vibes to boot!

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Our cute and easy Candy Land-inspired garland is made using vibrant felt, hot glue, basic sewing skills and a simple greenery garland into which you can tuck your candy creations. We've even provided printable patterns to get you started. If you're feeling extra creative, make a second candy garland to spruce up your Christmas tree for a fully themed living room. You could even display completed felt candy pieces among gingerbread houses to create a winter village or add them to a table runner for a colorful holiday centerpiece.

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Ready to sweeten the season? Let's transform your Christmas decorations into a sugary spectacle that'll have everyone craving a second helping of holiday cheer. Santa himself will be envious of this year's holiday decor!

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Video: A Candy Land-Inspired Garland to Sweeten Your Space

Things You'll Need

  • Felt sheets in various colors (6 sheets for each piece of candy)

  • Sharp scissors (or rotary cutter and mat)

  • Hot glue gun

  • Needle and thread

  • Game piece pattern

  • Bamboo skewers

  • Simple greenery garland to hold candy pieces

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1. Create rolled felt hard candy

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Cut 1-in. by 12-in. strips from felt. Each piece of rolled candy will need 18 1-in. strips.

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While we opted for an ombre appearance with our candies, don't hesitate to get creative with color choices—pastels or a red and white peppermint theme would be especially pretty. To achieve an ombre effect, cut 6 strips in a darker hue, 6 in a lighter shade and the final 6 in white.

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Sew three strips of each color together using a zigzag stitch.

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You'll end up with 2 36-in. strips of the darker hue, 2 of the lighter shade and 2 of the white.

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Layer strips together and roll, occasionally using a hot glue gun to secure strips in place.

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Trim ends.

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2. Form multicolor ribbon felt candy

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Just like you did for the rolled candy, layer 6 sewn strips together. This time, though, sandwich white strips between colored strips.

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Push needle and thread through all layers of felt 1 1/2 in. away from the end and then continue stitching every 3 in.

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When you reach the ends of the strips, pull the thread to create a "ribbon." Adjust the felt so it's even and use a hot glue gun to secure the felt pieces in place.

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Use a hot glue gun to attach a bamboo skewer to the back of each felt candy if you plan on tucking the candy into greenery.

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Alternatively, leave it plain if you plan on hanging the candies from the garland.

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3. Make felt gingerbread man game pieces

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Use our downloadable pattern to cut out two felt game pieces of each color. Place both pieces together and topstitch around the edge. Use a hot glue gun to attach a bamboo skewer to the back of each game piece, which allows for tucking the game pieces into green garland.

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For an extra touch, add a rainbow pompom garland. You can use a store-bought version or make your own simple ball garland with bright felt balls and string.

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Arrange the completed pieces into simple greenery garland to complete your Candy Land-inspired display. As holiday lights twinkle, snowflakes fall and the aroma of seasonal treats fills the air, you have the perfect decor to match.

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Whether you're going all out with the sugary theme by incorporating candy canes, themed Christmas ornaments, peppermint candy garlands, sparkly signs and dessert-inspired tree toppers into your seasonal decor or using our DIY Candy Land-inspired garland as a standalone piece, we wish you a merry and bright holiday season.

Looking for more Christmas decor inspo? Check out our roundup of unique handmade ornaments to give your tree decor a dash of crafty charm.

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