DIY: Peppermint Statemet Necklace + Target Giveaway

Candy canes remind me of Christmas as a child. My Grandparents would decorate their Christmas trees with them and my mom would tape them to the envelopes of her greeting cards (as if to say sorry you’re not getting a box from me but here’s a lovely greeting card AND a candy cane).  When I see those red and white sugar sticks I think of all the wonderful things associated with the Holidays like cold weather, warm fires, family and friends. That’s why I yell out a big “OH NO HE DIDN’T!” when the Grinch steals that candy cane right out of the sleeping Whos hands.  Don’t take the candy cane!

This DIY project was inspired by the official, unofficial candy of the Christmas season…the candy cane.

Materials: Peppermint Candy*, Wire, Beads, Chain

*It’s important to that your candy is not crystallized because it will break. Not sure the what the different is? Just think… the crystallized peppermints are the ones you pick up at the hostess stand on your way out of a restaurant. Stay away from those. You want the soft peppermints like the ones your Grandma keeps in that glass dish in the living room by the phone. I used the Bob’s Sweet Stripes brand that I purchased from Target.

String your peppermint candy through the wire. If you’re having a hard time stringing the candy, use a big needle to help work the wire through. Or if you have access to a drill with a small bit, drill a hole directly through the candy.

The pattern, style and number of candy pieces you use is totally up to you. Use your imagination and be creative!

To secure your wire to the chain simply slide the wire through the last link, loop it over and wrap it around. Cut off any additional wire.

Dress by Giambattista Valli for Macy’s

Ribbon could also be another alternative to the chain. Also, keep an eye out for the peppermint candy in different colors. You can find them in green, blue, yellow and multi-colored.

This necklace makes for a fun and festive gift as well as the perfect accessory for all those Holiday parties.

Wait there’s more… I’m in the gift giving mood and will be spreading the love with a series of giveaways!  Today’s giveaway is courtesy of TARGET (<–said in my best Oprah voice)!!!!! Yes, today you have the chance to win a $50 gift card to one of my favorite places on earth and the one stop shop for all your Holiday needs. Here’s how it’s works (aka the rules): I’ll ask a question and you answer in the comment section below. It’s that simple.

Question: What’s your favorite kind of candy? 

It doesn’t have to be seasonal candy and there is no right answer. Personally I’m addicted to the watermelon flavored Sour Patch Kids, but I want to hear what kind of candy satisfies your sweet tooth. Leave your answer below. Contest ends tonight at 9pm pst and with the help of a fancy number generating system, a number will be selected. If your answer falls in the comment box that corresponds with the selected number…you’re the winner! Don’t worry if you don’t win today because we’re playing this name for the next 12 days! Each day is a new DIY project, a new prize and a new chance to win.

Good Luck!

UPDATE: 33 was the randomly selected number

Congrats Melita! You won the $50 Target gift card!


114 responses

  1. That necklace is incredible! I love it! 🙂 And my favorite candy is Kit-Kat. And I just learned (tonight while I should have been sleeping) that in Japan there are tons of Kit-kats – cheesecake, green tea, etc. Who knew? Anyway, I love them, and now I need to sleep…ha 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 12:16 am

  2. Jay

    My favorite candy is M and M’s after you freeze them.

    December 1, 2011 at 12:17 am

  3. Kate Cunningham

    My favorite candy has to be, sweet tarts!
    Love them.

    December 1, 2011 at 12:34 am

  4. Michelle

    WOW i love that necklace! so fun and festive! my personal favorite candy would have to be a four-way tie between milky ways, jolly ranchers, three musketeers, and those soft peppermints! (and of course, anything godiva i can get my hands on!)

    December 1, 2011 at 1:16 am

  5. kathyS

    black licorice for me, thank you

    December 1, 2011 at 1:28 am

  6. Kate M

    My favorite candy is plain ole unadulterated chocolate. CHOCOLATE. Seriously, it’s the best.

    December 1, 2011 at 1:57 am

  7. Lisa

    Cute necklace! My favorite has to be Butterfingers!

    December 1, 2011 at 2:30 am

  8. Kiannah

    My favorite candy of all time are soft now/laters… I love the banana and sour apple flavor

    December 1, 2011 at 3:06 am

  9. Tara

    So cute! Would love to see you make it with a ribbon too.Im slightly addicted to Peachie-os,and apple-os. Ok who am I kidding I love gummy candy lol.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:39 am

  10. Laurie Camerota

    Peanut M&m’s

    December 1, 2011 at 3:40 am

  11. Jenna

    Awesome idea! Now what about a necklace in my favorite candy, Reese’s ; )

    December 1, 2011 at 4:03 am

  12. cute idea! and def. a conversation piece for holiday parties 🙂 I looooove reeses peanut butter cups, even better if they are cold!

    December 1, 2011 at 4:24 am

  13. Kam

    Cute! Love this spin on the traditional multi-colored necklaces worn when we were kids. Hmmm, I wonder if there’s a sealant that can be sprayed on to make it last and prevent critters (and myself 😉 ) from nibbling on it? To the question at hand, I looove the lime and cherry flavored Sour Patch Kids candy and peanut M&Ms for my chocolate fix.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:13 am

  14. I love love love gummy bears, cliche? I know but I can’t get enough of them. I was actually ask on an interview, if I was a candy what w, uld I be, my answer… A fresh, soft squishy fruity gummy bear!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:15 am

  15. Lan

    Ooo cute necklace! my favorite candy is peanut m&ms!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:20 am

  16. Liz

    Red vines!!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:28 am

  17. ohmrsbrooks

    Chocolate! ghirardelli with caramel centers

    December 1, 2011 at 5:31 am

  18. Karen Williams

    I LOVE Butterfingers, even though the orangey insides stick to my back teeth!! LOL

    December 1, 2011 at 5:39 am

  19. I would definitly eat the necklace, especially during awkward family encounters 😉
    My favorite candy is gummy bears. All day everyday.

    December 1, 2011 at 5:47 am

  20. Darcy Friedmann

    Snicker Bars hands down!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:57 am

  21. Its a tie, especially this time of year, between hersey kisses and mini candy canes. Add both to a cup of hot chocolate for a truly sweet treat!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:01 am

  22. Sabrina

    Don’t laugh but I love stale candy canes!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:04 am

  23. Wendy

    Favorite candy? I can’t just choose one! But if I narrow it down to those things especially reserved for the holidays then it’s definitely FUDGE. Creamy delicious fudge……yum!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:05 am

  24. Oh lord, I love candy too much to have to pick one, but I suppose there is a special place in my heart for Twizzlers. Not many people understand my devotion to those delicious little waxy “are you sure this isn’t plastic” sticks.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:18 am

  25. CelesteG

    Snickers. YUM. Great DIY. Nice job:)

    December 1, 2011 at 6:28 am

  26. Angie

    Candy Corn… 🙂 I know there are the haters, but I really love them! (second would be Haribo gummy worms)

    December 1, 2011 at 6:42 am

  27. Jeanette Linley

    What a great necklace! It would be in constant danger of being eaten…especially during those stressful family gatherings! LOL!

    Favorite candy? Snickers. Hands down. If there’s one around, I don’t see anything else.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:45 am

  28. Patti

    I really love Banana Bikes. They remind me of my childhood. We had a five and dime that sold penny candies! You could pick up a bag of great candy for like 10 cents and I always got the bikes!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:54 am

  29. Erin Taylor

    I’m going to be festive and say the yummy gummy mint candies with christmas trees on them..they remind me of being little and my wonderful babysitter who always had them on hand this time of year!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:59 am

  30. Aleisha

    My all time favorite candy is Tootsie Rolls. They small, sweet and simply perfect!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 7:03 am

  31. Beth Quah Soo Jing

    Hi Kristen:) Wouldn’t the candy attract the ants? But the necklace is definitely beautiful! I love candies. As it is when I love something, I will be completely obsessesed and has to have it, My favorite is Haribo coca cola gummies!

    December 1, 2011 at 7:04 am

  32. Mami2jcn

    I love Reese’s peanut butter cups!

    December 1, 2011 at 7:05 am

  33. melita

    sour patch kids, especially the lemon flavored!

    December 1, 2011 at 7:08 am

    • Congrats Melita! #33 was randomly selected!

      December 1, 2011 at 9:09 pm

  34. Who can choose just one?! If I had to though, I would probably choose hot tamales. They’re so spicy and mean, like they don’t want you to eat them!

    December 1, 2011 at 7:13 am

  35. Amy

    Milky Ways are definitely my favorite! Chocolate, caramel, nougat? What’s not to love?

    December 1, 2011 at 7:14 am

  36. I love M&Ms and snowcaps! mmm!

    December 1, 2011 at 7:17 am

  37. Amanda

    I’m going to have to go with anything chocolate…and I mean anything! lol

    December 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

  38. Maureen

    I love chocolate but right now the one that has got me is the cinnamon bears that are gummy .

    December 1, 2011 at 7:25 am

  39. Colette

    Love Coca-Cola gummies.
    For those, I will forego my fear of cavities and just eat them like potato chips.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:38 am

  40. Marsha R

    I’d kill for the old school Mars bar! why oh why were they discontinued?! and no, Snickers with Almonds is not an alternative.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:40 am

  41. i love pretty much anything wonka makes. my favorite by far is orange pixi-stix

    December 1, 2011 at 7:41 am

  42. my favorite candy is candy corn

    December 1, 2011 at 7:56 am

  43. Alyssa Nerio

    My favorite kind of candy are m&m’s, but the milk chocolate ones not the almond ones

    December 1, 2011 at 7:57 am

  44. Emily Rogers

    I am ALSO a fan of the watermelon sour patch kids – even if they don’t realllyyyy taste like real watermelon haha. I think my fave has to be the classic sour patch kids – I’m salivating just thinking about all the sour-y sweetness 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 7:59 am

  45. Strawberry flavored Sour punch! 🙂 They’re sooo good!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:07 am

  46. Cristina

    I’m with you on Sour Candy. Mine is a tie between Sour Patch Kids and Sour Lifesaver Gummies. I’ll just chain eat them until I nearly get sick. It’s becoming a serious problem lol

    December 1, 2011 at 8:25 am

  47. Joanna

    My favorite candy of all time is twix! 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 8:30 am

  48. Anna H

    Milk duds! yum… thanks for the giveaway!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:31 am

  49. justine

    Love the necklace, I’m definitely making them to use as stocking staffers for my girlfriends!!!
    My favorite candy is by far dark chocolate! It tastes great with strawberries, and dried apricots but its delicious on its own of course 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

  50. favorite candy=twizzlers<3 yummy, but that necklace looks pretty delicious too 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 8:43 am

  51. My favorite candy is Reese’s peanut buttercups. We fight over these in my house.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:46 am

  52. Chocolate covered peppermint sticks for the Holidays!!!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

  53. Sunny

    My favorite candy is Sour Apple Laffy Taffy. Runner up Grape 🙂

    December 1, 2011 at 9:08 am

  54. Ashli M

    My favorite candy would have to be DOTS! Me and my mom buy boxes and boxes of these things and split the colors. My mom eats the red ones. I eat the orange and green ones, and we give my dad the yellows. She and it fight over the pinks! lol!

    December 1, 2011 at 9:09 am

  55. Lemon Heads are my favorite!

    December 1, 2011 at 9:19 am

  56. Nicole

    Carmels……really good ones….& especially when they’re covered in chocolate like Milk Duds.

    December 1, 2011 at 9:32 am

  57. ncnguyen514

    My favorite candy is ALL OF THEM!! for christmas it’s fleur de sel caramels

    December 1, 2011 at 9:38 am

  58. Kristin Smith

    My fave candy are Johnny Appleseeds or anything candy green apple flavored.
    Much love & gratitude for your wonderful diy ideas!

    December 1, 2011 at 9:48 am

  59. Gabriela

    My favorite candy are Nerds. I love all flavors! (:

    December 1, 2011 at 9:55 am

  60. Reeses peanut butter cups…mmmm! Reallyyyyy cute necklace!

    December 1, 2011 at 10:02 am

  61. Helene

    Love your blog & your awesome crafty ideas! My favorite candy is Abba Zabbas – not the easiest to find, but taffy & peaunt butter – it’s worth the hunt:-)

    December 1, 2011 at 10:10 am

  62. Milky way midnight…but they are getting harder and harder to find 😦

    December 1, 2011 at 10:11 am

  63. Love the candy necklace. My favorite candy is Swedish Fish.

    December 1, 2011 at 10:20 am

  64. Beatriz

    My favorite candy has to be Pay-day. By the way adore the necklace i don’t know how u can make a necklace with candy and have it look so cute!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 10:40 am

  65. My favorite candy changes a lot (possibly daily), but after dinner mints and those soft peppermints you used for the necklace are one of them!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:03 am

  66. Danae

    Cute Necklace! My favorite candy is anything chocolate! except malt balls!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:10 am

  67. Stephanie Michelle

    GUMMY BEARS!!!! but not the regular ones…they have to be mini-gummy-bears! So delicious!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:12 am

  68. reese’s pieces ftw!! who knew a candy developed solely as a movie prop/promotion would be such a hit??

    December 1, 2011 at 11:37 am

  69. Myrna

    I ADORE Gummy Bears!!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:40 am

  70. Hayley

    That necklace is so cute! I don’t know if I could choose a favorite though, I like different things on different days! I LOVE peanut M&M’s but I love sourpatch kids when I want something fruity!

    December 1, 2011 at 11:41 am

  71. Brionna

    i love all your great DIY projects 🙂 hands down my favorite candy is BANANA laffy taffy THEE BEST lol

    December 1, 2011 at 11:45 am

  72. Lindsay

    My favorite candy is the peanut butter chocolate Lindt truffle. AMAZING.

    December 1, 2011 at 12:36 pm

  73. Grape Nerds!

    December 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

  74. Katelyn

    I am in love with bubblicious bubble gum. If they came in a slightly more interesting design, I might make those little squares of deliciousness into a necklace!

    December 1, 2011 at 12:48 pm

  75. Tina Renee Barker

    Spree and Now and Laters are my two favorites as I’m a nut for
    SOUR fruity flavors!

    December 1, 2011 at 12:59 pm

  76. Liz

    I love m and m’s!

    December 1, 2011 at 1:00 pm

  77. Gabby Hayes

    I love gummy bears! They’re my absolute favorite! On Valentine’s Day, my boyfriend bought me a gigantic bag of them because he knew how much I loved them! It was so amazing!

    December 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  78. jes

    reeses peanut butter cups and aero bars

    December 1, 2011 at 1:20 pm

  79. I LOVE me some peppermint patties! They’re super delicious any time of year!

    December 1, 2011 at 1:28 pm

  80. Morgan

    My favorite candy is Andes Mints!

    December 1, 2011 at 1:32 pm

  81. Whitney

    Pretty much anything chocolate ! Today I like the simplicity of hershey’s kiss but reese’s peanut butter minis are also a favorite.

    December 1, 2011 at 2:24 pm

  82. Julie

    ❤ the necklace! And my fave candy is butterfinger bb's, but i haven't seen any around where i live in years! =(

    December 1, 2011 at 2:31 pm

  83. Maya E

    What a creative idea! My favorite has gotta be Milky Way Midnight. mmmmm!

    December 1, 2011 at 2:34 pm

  84. my favorite candy is probably nerds, but i love mike and ikes to! Anything sweet and sour satisfies me!!!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 2:43 pm

  85. benitafay

    Hands down, Snickers are the best 🙂 Cute necklace by the way!

    December 1, 2011 at 2:47 pm

  86. I love any kind of candy, but my favorite would definitely be Crunch bars!

    Hannah Y

    December 1, 2011 at 2:54 pm

  87. Choua

    I’m not too picky when it comes to candy, but I’ll say that jelly bellies are my favorite…especially the blueberry ones 😀

    December 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

  88. Awesome Project!!! My favorite candy is Hershey Kisses with almonds. I can eat them all day

    December 1, 2011 at 3:02 pm

  89. Dark chocolate! Preferably 70 % cocoa or higher! LOVE!

    December 1, 2011 at 3:32 pm

  90. That necklace is so cute. I love a Junior Mint, and at Christmas time they makes ones with peppermint flecks. Sooooo good.

    December 1, 2011 at 3:44 pm

  91. Jessica Martinez

    I LOVE Milky Ways! Perfect combination of chocolate and caramel

    December 1, 2011 at 3:50 pm

  92. Ana Preciado

    My favorite kind of candy are the See’s lollipops, especially the ones that are chocolate and coffee flavored.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:02 pm

  93. Swedish fish from a bag that’s been left open so that they have oxidized a bit and then they are a little bit crunchy but still chewy. It’s weird. I know.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:15 pm

  94. Alejandra

    My favorite is KitKat.

    December 1, 2011 at 4:47 pm

  95. Thank you so much for offering such a fun and generous giveaway! My favorite candy is Swedish Fish. The happiest day of my life was when I found out Rita’s offered Swedish Fish Italian Ice. Yum!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:16 pm

  96. sarah simmons

    Festive and Fun!!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:28 pm

  97. rebecca

    nerds! love them!
    rwvanvoorhis at gmail dot com

    December 1, 2011 at 5:48 pm

  98. Chrissy R.

    My favorite was peanut M&Ms until…snickers added peanut butter to their bars. I can’t stay away from those!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 5:51 pm

  99. Myesha


    December 1, 2011 at 5:58 pm

  100. Reeses Peanut Butter Trees (Seasonal) =) Something about them being trees makes them taste that much better 😉

    December 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  101. Samantha

    That is a very cute and smart idea!!! Love it!! My favorite candy has to be Andes mints. Can’t get enough!!

    December 1, 2011 at 6:00 pm

  102. Julie Aldana

    My favorite of all time forever candy has to be Resses Peanut Butter Cups! As a child I thought because of the peanut butter they have to be some sort of healthy alternative to run of the mill candy, needless to say I still love them and I have no problem sharing lol

    December 1, 2011 at 6:46 pm

  103. My favorite candy is peanut M&M’s. They are the bombbbbb!! I love em.

    December 1, 2011 at 6:56 pm

  104. Sue F.

    Anything with dark chocolate.

    December 1, 2011 at 7:24 pm

  105. In Barbados we have these things called Sugar cake, all it is sugar and coconut fried in a little pattyy..IT IS AMAZING!!!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:04 pm

  106. Mmm… so many to choose from. I’d say Reese’s!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:05 pm

  107. I love Peanut M&M’s. And the necklace is great. It’s also a great idea for anyone with kids, they can do the same thing but with an elastic band (like the tart candy necklaces). You think of great ideas!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:31 pm

  108. Debi Fraser

    What an amazing idea for a necklace!!! And my favorite candy is anything with Chocolate!!! oh…and peeps!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:32 pm

  109. Jenna Collins

    3 way tie…fun dip bc of the sticks…pop rocks bc they’re a party in your mouth!!…aaaaand candy cigarettes…sooo much healthier than the alternative…I always had a “pack” in my purse when I was like 5…so now I still hafta buy a them whenever I run across ’em just cause…

    December 1, 2011 at 8:36 pm

  110. Katie S.

    I have no idea if this is still going or not, being an idiot in the central time zone, but my favorite candy is definitely the orange halloween kit kats. they are SO GOOD. around halloween every year i visit basically every store that could possibly sell them in order to hunt them down.

    December 1, 2011 at 8:48 pm

  111. Rhian

    I love Jelly Belly jelly beans!

    December 1, 2011 at 8:49 pm

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  113. Love jewelry art for they can bring beauty and happiness to us, and love your blog for it can give me information on jewlery!

    July 31, 2013 at 3:34 am

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