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Christmas Crafts

Looking for a easy holiday craft to do with your children?

If you find yourself needing something extra quick with no mess give these paper candy canes a try.

My son was in fourth grade when he first made these paper candy canes.  He  found the activity totally addicting since he brought home a dozen.  I tied them to a long piece of yarn and hung them in my kitchen window.  Each year they make my kitchen look so festive!

All you need is white copy paper, ruler, pencil, marker and clear tape

Cut the paper into a square.  The size of your paper determines the size of your candy cane. We made our paper 8 1/2″ X 8 1/2″.  Using a ruler make a red line about 1/8″ thick down the edge of two adjacent sides of the square.

Turn the square face down and begin rolling from the corner without red lines

Keep rolling

Fasten corner with a clear piece of tape

Wrap about 3 inches of one end of the paper tube around a pencil

Unroll

Adjust top and trim off any extra paper on the top and bottom

Cute and simple!

More Candy Cane Ornaments

I remember making candy cane ornaments like these YEARS ago in Sunday school. I had a nice time reliving those memories with my daughter while making these.

We used 1 inch pom poms, tacky glue, recycled cardboard from soda and cereal boxes, a hole punch and a piece of ribbon for hanging (and for a bow on the wreath). After the shapes are cut I would punch the hole for hanging and add the ribbon for hanging before adding the pom poms. It will be more difficult later. If you would like to use the shapes we used you may download them here.

Candy Cane and Wreath Pom Pom Ornaments Template

I cut out the shapes for my daughter and we applied lots of glue. She then carefully placed each  pom pom on the cardboard.  When she was finished I sat a dinner plate on top for a few minutes to get the edges of the pom poms glued to the cardboard.

She was so proud when she hung them on the Christmas tree!

Still craving more candy cane ideas? How about some  Candy Cane Crafts for a Crowd.

Don’t forget to save some candy canes so you cane make these cupcake toppers in February.

You can find more ways to celebrate the holidays here.

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