How to Make a Candy Dish – Easy DIY

How to Make Your Own Decorative Candy Dish Jar



I needed a gift for my boss but couldn’t find what I was looking for. I went into Target to browse for ideas and when I saw this purple candle holder (my boss is crazy about purple) sitting near this glass candlestick, it occurred to me that I could glue them together and then embellish it with some items from the craft store.

I headed to JoAnn Fabric in search of a Dragonfly charm (my boss loves dragonflies) and was happy to find something that was perfect. Next I was off to the ribbon aisle to find something to tie the look together, and found some burlap ribbon.

Keep your eyes open at stores like Target, Walmart or Hobby Lobby for items that will work for your home (or for a person you’d like to make a gift for). Another great source for craft items is the dollar store and also the thrift store. Once you find the perfect pieces for your project, head to the craft store to find the right embellishments.

Get creative with it! I think you could glue on some gems or rhinestones and create something really cool. One thing to note is that the burlap was best for this project because it made it easy to attach the charm and run it through the gaps in the burlap ribbon (see Step 5 below for clarification).

Here are the steps I followed to create a this decorative candy dish:

Craft Items:

Base piece

Top piece




Thread (similar in color to your ribbon)

Elastic cord (similar in color to your ribbon if possible)


Glue (for ribbon & for glass)


Step 1: Wrap ribbon around your candy holder 1 time, then fold back and tuck in (see picture):


Step 2: Secure the ribbon. I used a strip of elastic that I had already but would recommend something that matches closely to your ribbon color. Simply tie it around your ribbon as tight as possible.


Step 3: Next you’re going to secure some thread to your charm. I cut the thread, folded in half and tied a knot where the ends met. Them I looped it through my dragonfly charm.


Step 4: Cut a small strip of ribbon long enough to wrap around the ribbon you tied onto the top of your dish. You can always trim it later so be sure you have plenty.


Step 5: Find a good spot in the middle of your ribbon strip and pull the tread that’s attached to your charm through.


Step 6: With the charm facing outward, tie the thread snugly around the bow.


Step 7: Cut off excess ribbon and thread, leaving enough ribbon to wrap around bow.


Step 8: Wrap ribbon securely around the bow and glue into place. I used Beacon Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive, but I’m sure any glue would do. I decided to twist my ribbon as I wrapped it around – play around with yours to determine what look you prefer.


Step 9: Glue your base and top pieces together. I wasn’t sure what type of glue to use for glass so I google’d Aleene’s original tacky glue (since I had some) and it said it worked for glass.


Step 10: Put the ribbon on the top piece and add candy. I lucked out and found Dove chocolates with purple wrappers which matched perfectly.


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