I pruned cherry branches from a tree grown in my Idaho backyard. Dried them and cut into pieces. Then soaked them in peppermint essential oil. Air dried, wiped off, painted white and let dry.
Then used electrical tape to create the spiral look and painted red. Removed the tape and dried. Used the scented "candy canes" for present decorations or as ornaments by screwing an eye hook in one end of the branch and adding a chain. (Ribbon would be festive also.)