3 Tier Candy Cane Tray

I have been collecting Sonic mints for ages. You see, I visit them just about everyday for my necessary dose of Dr. Pepper & they always give out free mints. I have a gigantic pickle jar full of them in my craft room just dying to be used. I’d always planned to make a big wreath covered in them, but decided to use them for something else this year & continue saving for the big wreath.

 DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

 I love utilizing my tiered trays & cake stands & fancy party platters this time of year. With all of the entertaining & decorating & baking going on, they become quite useful! I definitely love when I can make own & save some money. I had this fabulous idea for a Christmas version using mint candies & candy canes only & quite to my surprise, it worked!

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Here’s how you can make your own!

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

You need lots & lots of mints, 6 candy canes, wax paper & 3 round pans of varying sizes. It’s okay if you don’t have 3, we’ll make any kind of pan work.

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

First, unwrap all of your mints- this is probably the hardest/ most time consuming part by far. Arrange them over wax paper in a circle on the largest pan. If you do not have a large round pan, simply arrange your mints in the biggest circle you can on a rectangle pan.

Bake at 350 for 5-9 mins. You will need to watch these guys basically the entire time so you can catch them at just the right moment.

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Learn from my mistakes here…You must use all the same brand of mints! My Sonic mints really failed me here. I was terribly disappointed in their melting. As you can see, they didn’t even melt! So make sure you are using only one brand of mint! Honestly, the ones I bought at the Dollar Tree worked the best for me. So save your restaurant mint collection & run to the Dollar Tree!

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Round 2 appeared much lovelier. This is the look when you want to achieve as you’re watching them in the oven. Don’t let them go a minute longer or you’ll end up with a pile of pink goo.

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Let them cool for about 2 minutes then peel the wax paper away. It’s okay if it sticks, it helps it stay together & keep from breaking if anything. Just be sure to remove the edges of paper. Make 3 of these, each one smaller than the other for a 3 tiered tray, or 2 for 2 tiers, etc. You could even make a cake stand with just 1 mint plate & 3 candy canes. Do what you want creative people!

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Unwrap 6 candy canes. Maybe an extra in case you break one!

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Originally, I planned to use the candies natural stickiness to make this & it worked until I decided I needed to move things around. Then I got out the hot glue gun & it worked magically. It’s up to you what you’d like to do. You can experiment & see what works. Either way you go, this is going to be extremely fragile & is not meant for traveling. Not even across the kitchen. It’s more like you put it together where you want it to stay forever.

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Gather 3 candy canes up so their backsides are touching & stick the curved part to the middle of the largest mint plate.

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

For some reason, all my candy canes were not the same exact height. I glued a peppermint to the top of the top of my candy cane group in order to create a flat surface. Then I glued another peppermint to eh bottom middle of the next tier. That way I just glues the 2 peppermints together. This worked out great for me.

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Continue until you’ve got all 3 tiers finished. Then admire your amazing handiwork!

DIY 3 Tier Candy Cane Tray! #ChristmasCrafts

Cover it in cookies or candies & you’re ready for Christmas!Wahoo!

You may like this DIY Plaid Cakestand too! It’ll look adorable in Christmas plaid.

DIY Plaid Cake Stand

I really hope you guys make this then tell me about it! Again, be very careful. This is fragile & does not travel well! I suggest making the pieces ahead of time & keeping them separate until you plan to use them. Assemble right before serving on it to ensure no breakage.

Blessings Y’all!

Cathryne

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