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DIY Christmas Necklace with Candy Cane Cuteness

Create a unique (and easy!) Christmas necklace with a candy cane design in a few easy steps! You’ll love making this and adding it to your holiday wardrobe.

DIY Christmas Necklace with Candy Cane Cuteness

I’m Heidi from the blog Hands Occupied, and I’m very excited to be sharing a DIY Christmas candy cane necklace with you all!

For today’s project, I decided to create a jewelry tutorial with some Mod Podge products you don’t necessarily see every day around the crafty blogosphere.

I wanted my DIY necklace to be something festive now that the holiday season is upon us – but I also wanted it to be a project that wouldn’t take 20 hours to make since we’re all crazy busy in December.

Acrylic shapes, Mod Podge Sparkle, Dimensional Magic, foam brush, scissors, and Christmas ribbon

Christmas Necklace

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Mini candy cane on top of an acrylic oval

Begin by prepping your candy cane accent. I used some awesome satin cutout ribbon from the May Arts Company that I had on hand. You can also make your own candy cane with striped paper.

Mod Podge Sparkle painted on top of a candy cane ribbon piece in the center of an acrylic oval

Clean your Podgeable shape if necessary. Using a sponge brush, paint a layer of Sparkle Mod Podge onto the top of the shape and place your candy cane as desired.

Mod Podge Sparkle drying on a Christmas pendant

Paint another layer of Mod Podge Sparkle over your candy cane, being careful not to move it around. I saturated my candy cane shape, which was puffy, so mine took more Mod Podge than if you’re using a paper shape. Let dry.

Glitter Mod Podge Dimensional Magic

When your candy cane necklace is dry, grab your silver Glitter Dimensional Magic. Much of the glitter in my new bottle of the formula had settled to the bottom.

I gently turned the bottle upside down and right side up a few times to even out the glitter throughout the bottle. Don’t shake it! Bubbles are your enemy when working with DM, and shaking creates them.

Squeezing Dimensional Magic onto a mason jar lid

Open your Glitter Dimensional Magic. Get the flow of the formula going by squeezing a few drops onto a scrap of paper or jar lid (you can see I use old mason jar lids for crafts a lot by the picture). This helps get rid of the bubbles at the top of your bottle too.

Applying Dimensional Magic to the top of a DIY Christmas pendant

Carefully apply Dimensional Magic around and over your candy cane necklace, filling the acrylic shape right up to the edges.

The first time I ever used Dimensional Magic, I just squirted a ton of the formula in the center of an acrylic shape and it ended up overflowing and screwed up my whole project.

Being judicious with your Dimensional Magic goes a long way, in my experience! 🙂

Dimensional Magic drying on the top of an oval acrylic shape

Even if you’re taking lots of care to avoid bubbles in your Dimensional Magic, they still can happen, as you can see in the picture on the left above.

There are a few ways to deal with bubbles: a sharp pin can pop the bubbles when the formula is still wet, a fine brush can be used to “scoop” the bubbles out if you have a steady hand, and a lighter can be used to get rid of bubbles when the Dimensional Magic has dried.

Let your Christmas necklace charm dry for 24 hours. I always make a sign to place next to any Dimensional Magic projects as they dry to keep my husband from accidentally setting something on them.

I don’t know what all of you crafters with kids do to keep your work safe! Lock and key? Feel free to leave tips on this in the comments.

DIY Christmas necklace

After 24 hours, your DIY Christmas necklace will be dry and clear. If any pesky bubbles show up overnight, remember the lighter trick to get rid of them!

String the charm on a piece of embroidery floss to finish. You’ve just made a cute holiday necklace, gift accent, or key charm!

Yield: 1 necklace

Christmas Necklace

Heidi from Hands Occupied uses the most fun Christmas design and Dimensional Magic to create a unique (and easy!) candy cane necklace.

Learn how to make a cute DIY Christmas necklace with simple supplies! Perfect for holiday fashion or gifts.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 45 minutes
Dry Time 1 day
Total Time 1 day 50 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2



  • Scissors
  • Sponge brush


  1. Prep the accent piece by cutting out ribbon or scrapbook paper.
  2. Brush a layer of Sparkle Mod Podge onto the acrylic oval and place the accent piece down in the wet medium.
  3. Paint another layer of Mod Podge over the accent piece. Let dry.
  4. Carefully apply Dimensional Magic around and over your acrylic shape, right up to the edges, Pop any bubbles with a pin. Let dry overnight.
  5. String the charm on a piece of embroidery floss to finish.

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Like this project? I’d love for you to check out these other Christmas crafts with Mod Podge:


Tuesday 24th of December 2013

Would this work with some thing more delicate like dried flowers?


Tuesday 24th of December 2013

Hi Amanda! Yes it would, you'll just have to be very careful ;D


Friday 13th of December 2013

How would Mod Podge work using Shrinky Dink shapes? Would the two be compatible?


Friday 13th of December 2013

Hi Ruth! Yes, I've used it before with Shrinky Dinks and it was fine :D


Tuesday 10th of December 2013

the dollor stores have cake savers they are cheep and I do not trust them to carry cakes but they are good for keeping drying crafts safe.. Ya know the ones with the cake server plate and the tall cover!


Thursday 20th of December 2012

I made this......soooooo cute

Karen Walker

Tuesday 18th of December 2012

All KINDS OF SHAPES!!! Woo Hoo! Happy Dance!

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