Peppermint Wreath {Tutorial}

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Are you ready to ooooo and ahhhhh and swoon and drool all at the same time? I had no clue just how fun and stunningly beautiful this peppermint wreath would turn out when it popped into my head during my brainstorming time {i.e. the shower}.

peppermint wreath

Isn’t it AMAZING?  Truly my jaw drops every time I look at this picture.

This Peppermint Wreath is easy and frugal to make!


Supplies Needed:

  • White foam wreath form – mine was 12″ diameter
  • 3 bags of Great Value Peppermint Starlight Mints.  They are so pretty and only $1/bag!
  • 1 box Red Hots
  • Glue gun & Glue Sticks
  • Ribbon to hang the finished wreath {I just used what I had on hand.}


Unwrap all the peppermints. You will use just about every single one.


I started hot gluing the peppermints on at an angle on the inner circle.  My goal was to cram in`1 as many peppermints as possible, so I glued the peppermints in circles {and alternating} around the wreath form.


You can see how I alternated the peppermints to cover as much of the wreath form as possible.


When I finished gluing the peppermints on I added a ring of Red Hots to fill some white space.  I think the Red Hots totally “make” this wreath!

Note: I started and stopped my “rings” of peppermints at the same place so if I didn’t have enough space to finish with a whole peppermint, I could use a piece.  My plan worked like a charm because when I added the ribbon, it completely covered the few half peppermint pieces that I used.

Also, several people have asked if I sprayed it with something to preserve it and keep it from getting sticky.  I haven’t yet, but I’m planning on using my handy clear spray glaze to *hopefully* preserve it for next year. 🙂  If my “preservation” idea doesn’t work, you can bet I’ll still make another wreath next year.

peppermint wreath

I hung my peppermint wreath with a couple scraps of ribbon that I had on hand.

I totally adore how this wreath turned out!  It is so festive and cheery!

I made this wreath for less than $9.00!

So it’s frugally festive! 🙂

What is your favorite Christmas decoration?

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  1. So So so so cute!

    I bet it smells good too 🙂 I’ve been trying to think of something fun to do on our door and this is perfect. Thank you! Holiday decorations are normally super expensive and this is a perfect alternative.

    I think I might even make a few to give to my neighbor and niece for their doors!

    You rock!
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  2. Very adorable! Love the ideas we get in the shower!

    Ohhh, watch out though, it is going to get so sticky! Be careful how you store it (or throw it away at the end of the season!)! We had hard candies left in a basket from a church thing a couple of months ago and somehow in our garage they MELTED everywhere!! All over the basket, all over the garage floor, got on our clothes, the stickiness found its way into our car and got on the seat…eeek. I couldn’t believe what a mess it was.

  3. Oh…wow! I really love it too! Now I want to make one. It is so pretty….talk about eye candy! Sharing with my FB fans.

  4. Maybe I just worry too much. Don’t get me wrong, it is gorgeous! I am concerned however about it attracting bugs that hibernate in the house during the winter, and i’m assuming you can’t store this to use again next year, ect. I mean, its candy after all so it’s going to get sticky and such. Am I the only one thinking this?

    1. Thank you Elizabeth for your comment. However, from the research that I’ve done, I’ve found that peppermint/menthol actually repels bugs. If I did have a “hibernating bugs” problem in my house, I think it would still be fine since my wreath is coated with a clear spray glaze as I stated in my post. Again, like I said in my post, I’m hoping that the clear spray glaze keeps the candies from getting sticky so I can re-use the wreath. But if it doesn’t work, I will most definitely be making it again next year. For $9.00 of beauty, I can handle throwing out the wreath. I hope that clears up your concerns.

      1. @Myra,
        Hi there. Just made the wreath myself! It looks so beautiful on my door! Thanks for the idea. I was wondering where I could buy the glaze spray. I thought about hair spray, but then realized it might add to the stickiness. Thanks!

        1. Yay! So glad you made the wreath! I bought my clear glaze spray paint either at Hobby Lobby or Home Depot or Lowes. It’s been a while…and it lasts for a long time. I hope that helps! 🙂

        1. @elizabeth reisner, I’m so sorry Elizabeth that my reply to Amanda upset you. I wasn’t trying to be sarcastic. I was trying to be funny. Several other commenters were being funny as well in regard to buggy wreaths. 🙂

  5. I’d like something that you could actually pull the candies off of and eat them for an apartment building door

    1. That’s a fun idea…I’m not sure how you would attach them to still be edible…let me know if you figure out how to do it!

  6. Attention bug concern: You are absolutely correct! Ever since Myra has put up that silly pepperment wreath I’ve had the “itch”. I feel like tiny bugs are hibernating all around me. Everytime I look at that wreath it appears to move with all the nasty bugs crawling on it.

    1. Hmm…maybe about an hour and a half or so. I watched The Biggest Loser while I glued the peppermints on….multitasking! 🙂

  7. i absolutley love this wreath. im going to try very soon and do this wreath. thanks for ll the kool ideas

  8. I LOVE this! I can see the bug or stickyness being a concern (let us know how the coating holds up!), but I wonder if it’d look as cute if you left the peppermints in their clear wrapping? Either way, it’s super cute! (:

  9. Love this Idea:) I just found your site(thanks Frugal Girls) I think I will be coming back often to see you great stuff.

  10. Love IT! Thanks for sharing – yes the red hots do give it that extra sparkle! They have those green colored peppermint candies too – I wonder if those would look good on a wreath? Thanks for the great idea.

  11. Looks just like one Better Homes and Gardens had on their cover for Halloween, only they used candy corns and a black ribbon.

  12. I have a peppermint tree made of a styrofoam cone. The mints are in the cellophane and are glued on. I’ve had it for years! So cute!

  13. Silica should help keep moisture out of your storage container. I’d put it in a plastic bag and then inside a rubbermaid wreath storage container and then put the silica inside there. Silica comes in those little packets inside shoe boxes…but you can buy it too. Lowes maybe?

    LOVE the wreath!

  14. Today, I went to my local Dollar Tree and I bought many of the items needed to make this project there. I bought a wreath, candies, and ribbon all for a $1.00 each. I also went to Michael’s and bought a can of acrylic-gloss spray to somewhat “preserve” the candies and it gave the candies such a shiny, glossy look. It was so PRETTY afterwards! And everything to make 3 wreaths including the spray (used a 40% off coupon) was around $10.00.

  15. Oh, I love this!
    I made a wreath using the same method of candy corn this fall and decided not to store it (too much stuff to store already) so I plucked the candy corns off and after seeing yours I am going to re-purpose it into a peppermint wreath.
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  16. This is amazing!! I am having a hard time not throwing on my coat and heading to Walmart right now for the supplies! What adorable creativity you have!!! Cannot wait to visit and visit and visit My Blessed Lift! I shared this on my blog,

  17. I love love love this! I am going to wal mart tomorrow and getting the supplies and making this! Can’t wait to explore your blog. I am visiting from Tatortots and jello!

  18. I love this wreath- it is such a great idea! A word of warning though, I made one a few days ago and hung it on our front door. I used the Walmart Peppermint Candies, red hots, etc. Our door is on a completely covered porch and does not get wet. However, the next day it was rainy and humid and even though the wreath itself did not get wet, the humidity caused the candy to get soft and dripped red dye from the peppermints and red hots all over our porch, luckily not on the door itself. Please note, I did not spray mine with any type of protective coating though, so hopefully that would do the trick and prevent this from happening to any one else. I was really sad though because it was such a pretty wreath. Next year, I’m going to try again and either spray it or just hang it inside for the season. Thanks for the great idea!

    1. Thank you Sarah for your comment! 🙂 This is definitely an inside wreath. Mine is hanging over a mirror in my living room so I can look at it every day! I’m sorry yours didn’t work out well outside. 🙁

      1. I totally thought of it as a door wreath as well and mine melted also! My son loved making it with me and so I will make it again this year, but I guess we’ll keep it inside this time. 🙂

  19. Ooooooooooohhhhhh How Clever! I love this. Too late for this year but you can bet your bottom dollar I’m gonna do one for next year. Red and Green Peppermints mixed might be cute too with green tic tacs and red hots. I’ll let you experiment with that one. I’m sticking with the red!

  20. Thank you so much for posting this. My kids and I made it our holiday project of the day. They all had so much fun. It was so simple to make too. The peppermint wreath came out beautiful and is now our centerpiece for our stockings (since we do not have a fireplace). Plus it looks “fancy and pricey” but cost me so little. Thank you!

  21. Oh how I wish I had run across this in December!!! I got myself foolishly thinking I could make Martha’s fresh cranberry wreath (2) I have a double front door!!!. Well – by the time I bought 2 styrofoam wreaths ($9) each at Micheal’s and 8 bags of cranberries at $3.99 each and boxes of toothpicks – I was in over $44!!! I got one wreath complete – it was stunning!!! 2 days later, it fell off the front door (very heavy – I did not secure it well enough – my bad) and broke into 5 big chunks with cranberries all over my porch and front walk. wreath #2 was 1/2 done and I was so deflated – I threw everything in the trash . Ugh!!! I’ll be making your wreath next year!!!!!!! Love it!!!

  22. What a beautifully stunning wreath! I will be making this for sure. I work with people with developmental disabilities, and I have a few people in mind that would love doing this along side of me and as you stated, it is so cheery! It will really brighten their homes for the holidays. Since I am finding this in 2011, did you spray your wreath? If so, how did it work and EXACTLY what did you use? I am not good with finishes, varnish and I have had our words! so, I always get a little nervous when applying any kind of sealant. Thanks for the wonderful idea! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! Valerie in Colorado

  23. Thanks for the inspiration! I did one of my own, although I need to spray it with something, it’s really sticky and the dogs keep going after it!!! See my blog for pics and reference!

  24. I actually loved this wreath so much, I made it for my mother in law! However, I had no IDEA it would be so darn sticky! I even sprayed it with a clear preserving spray and NOTHING! Still sticky! Any tips?? I really would like my sweet mother in law to be able to keep her wreath for next year, too, but it isn’t looking too promising!

    P.s. I’m a HUGE fan of your blog & stalk it often! lol 😉 You’re the cutest & have the best ideas!



    1. Hi Brittaney! I’m so glad you made the wreath! 🙂 Is the wreath hanging inside or outside? The humidity outdoors will make it sticky. Let me know!! 🙂

  25. So it’s a year later…did you ever seal it and try to preserve it from last year? I’m wondering because I’m making myself one this year!

    1. We moved twice since last year, so I threw it out. 🙂 But the gumdrop ornaments and garland that I made last year kept perfectly in the freezer. Hope that helps!

  26. I seen this in my Dr’s office except the candy was left in the cellophane and a small pair of scissors were hanging from a ribbon in the wreath. I couldn’t hang this outside the lizards and squirrels would enjoy and inside my husband would pig out LOL

  27. Made this totally gorgeous wreath, kids helped out, even the husband approved. Then I took this bad boy out to spray with a protective “varnish”……BIG mistake! I used a very light coating of waterbased Polycrylic spray, from Minwax I believe, and the poor thing ran and dripped and after 5 days of hanging in the garage is still super sticky. Might have to toss this one and start over! Anyone have any luck with other sprays??

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