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Want to decorate your driveway with big, big candy canes? They're easy to make and with a little work and spraypaint you'll have some large canes to turn your entrance into a bit of candy wonderland.

Here's how to do it.

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Step 1: Get PVC pipe and paint

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These candy canes are made of standard 3/4" PVC pipe. If you want, you can opt for the 1" PVC or, with ore work, something even bigger.

In the picture are the PVC pipes cut to 5' lengths. Easily done by cutting the standard 10' length in half with a saw. Bring a saw to the hardware store and you can easily cut these down to size in the parking lot for easier transport.

You'll also need some paint. I used Krylon® Fusion for Plastic in Satin White and Dual™ Paint + Primer in Banner Red

Step 2: Bring the heat

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The magic to bending the pipe isn't any super strength, it's softening the PVC with a heat gun. By heating all round the pipe with the heat gun you can easily bend it with your hands. Be sure to wear gloves!

Also, PVC is known to offgas some nasty stuff when being burned so also be sure to do this in a well-ventilated area AND wear a respirator. Be safe and healthy, everyone.

Step 3: Clean and paint

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With the pipe bent, clean it off with some soap and water and dry it off. You're now ready to apply the base coat of white paint. Here, I used a few coats of white Krylon Fusion.

Step 4: Mask the stripes

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With the white paint fully dried you're ready to mask it off. It's good to wait a full 24 hours to be sure it's dry. Then break out some 1" masking tape and wrap it around and around and around the whole pipe.

Step 5: Paint it red

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Now you're ready for the final, colorful step, painting it red! Apply a couple coats of red paint and you're good to go. For this I used Banner Red Krylon Dual paint.

Let the paint dry to the touch and you can peel off the masking tape. You'll want to wait a full 24 hours to be sure it's as strong as it can be.

Step 6: Plant the candy canes!

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For each candy cane, I put a 2' piece of rebar into the ground, wrapped the end with some wadded up masking tape, and slid the candy cane on top of it.
how hot should the heat gun be to bend the PVC?
Awesome! Very doable!
n0ukf3 years ago
Or instead of masking and painting it red, you could wrap it with red electrical tape.
fungus amungus (author)  n0ukf3 years ago
Or even red ribbon glued down. I've seen both of those before, but I prefer the painted-on look. It's flatter.
n0ukf n0ukf3 years ago
...or be flashy and use reflective tape.
Very cute. :)
fungus amungus (author)  jessyratfink3 years ago
Yeah, I like it. At first I thought it was going to be too over the top, but it works pretty well.
canucksgirl3 years ago
Great job. I love the look of them along your pathway. :D
fungus amungus (author)  canucksgirl3 years ago
Kiteman3 years ago
(Adds to "to do" list for 2012's decorations.)