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How to Make a Rustic Clamp Candy Cane

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This Rustic Candy Cane made with clamps is a fun Christmas project using some non-conventional craft items – clamps! This is a pretty cheap project to make and perfect for anyone who loves that rustic, industrial look.

Rustic Clamp Cane Cane


This is a fun project and it’s an easy one too!  Here’s what I used (affiliate links included for your convenience)

Rustic Clamp Candy Cane Supplies

Rustic Candy Cane Supplies


I painted 10 clamps with white paint and 10 with red paint.  I painted it with a dry brush method, using just a little bit of paint (I wanted the metal to show through).  I did 2 coats of each color – mainly to get the red paint deep enough.

Painting the clamps red and white


Once dry I laid them out of a piece of plywood, then cut it down to the size I wanted.  The plywood was stained with Early American stain.

I marked the holes with a sharpie once I had the clamps laid out… since I knew I’d be bumping them while trying to screw them in.

Laying out the clamps


Once you get everything all screwed in you have your Rustic Candy Cane with Clamps.

Rustic Clamp Candy Cane DIY project


Such a fun project!  It’s a great gift for anyone who likes the rustic, industrial vibe.

Rustic Candy Cane with Clamps


I love how it turned out… always nice when what you dream up works out in reality!


Now make sure to check out all the other amazing Power Tool Challenge Projects in this Kris Kringle edition.

Rustic Clamp Candy Cane is a fun Christmas craft using some rustic industrial clamps painted red and white to create the candy cane.



  1. Hi. I absolutely love this – a definite must try this holiday season! I was curious on what size clamps you used as well as the size of your plywood? Thank you so much for this idea – it is going to be so much fun to make!

    1. 1-inch clamps, but you could use whatever size you want and just adjust the board size. The board was about 9″x12″

  2. I love, love, love this candy cane! What a clever use of those clamps! Thanks for sharing at my Creative Ways Link Party! Hope you’ll be back to share more at tonight’s party! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


  3. I love this. I am a fan of any type of rustic decor and this looks like it takes no time to make. I’m sure it would be super easy to spray paint as well…and the color options and designs are endless.

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