Candy Cane Reindeer
What you will make:
Children will enjoy transforming a candy cane into a reindeer
using a few craft supplies and a bit of glue. This reindeer is a great
decoration for the tree or a fun party favor. It's a craft that
has long been a holiday favorite for kids and teachers alike.
This project is perfect for family, classroom or group
craft time. It is very inexpensive, even when crafting in large numbers for
a class. With a little preparation by the adult or teen leaders,
this craft can be completed in no time.
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Here's what you need:
- Candy cane (6", individually wrapped)
- Ribbon (¼" wide or less)
- Chenille stem (pipe cleaner) (12", any color)
- Sturdy scissors or wire cutters
- Wiggly eyes (5 to 8 mm)
- Red or brown pompom (very small)
- White glue (PVA, Elmer's)
- Optional: For younger
hole punches (1/4" and 1/8") in place of wiggly eyes and
This project is rated EASY to do.
How to Make Candy Cane Reindeer
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
Read through the project and gather the materials needed for
making the candy cane reindeer. If you are doing this craft with a group, precutting the
chenille stems and ribbon will
make the craft go faster.
Decide whether you want the reindeer's face to be on the front or the
back of the candy cane hook. It is usual to make the candy cane reindeer
with the face on the front of the hook, but it looks better
hanging on the Christmas tree with the face on the back of the hook.
younger children, the wiggly eyes and tiny pompoms are choking
hazards. Reindeer with eyes and noses made with hole
punches are just as cute. To make eyes from cardstock, glue
black circles punched with a 1/8" hole punch to white circles
punched with a 1/4" hole punch. Use the 1/4" hole punch to
punch circles for noses.
- Step 2: Glue Eyes
Glue two wiggly eyes (or punched eyes) on the front or the back of the candy cane
Tip: Leave the wrapping on the candy canes, so
they can be eaten later.
- Step 3: Glue Nose
Glue a brown or red pompom (or punched circle) below the eyes as a nose.
- Step 4: Tie Ribbon
Cut a length of ribbon 8" to 12" long. Tie the ribbon into a bow on the straight part of the candy cane.
- Step 5: Cut Chenille Stems
Cut a 12" chenille stem in half, then cut
one half in half again to make three pieces total.
- Step 6: Make Antlers
Bend the longer piece of chenille stem in half, place the
top of the candy cane hook in the bend, and twist to secure.
Be sure to make both sides equal lengths. This is the main
part of the reindeer's antlers.
Take one of the shorter pieces of chenille stem and wrap it around the left antler.
Repeat on the right side. Adjust the chenille stem pieces to
look like antlers.
You're all done! Why not
make one for
everyone in the family and for all of your friends?
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