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Christmas Crafts

Posted by  ·  December 4, 2009  ·  Last Updated: April 30, 2016

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


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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  1. Tuesday, December 8th, 2015
    This is awesome!
  2. Monday, January 6th, 2014
    This is great idea!! I will try to make candy cane ornaments with my 3 years old boy. Thanks again!!
  3. Saturday, November 9th, 2013
    Those are adorable.
  4. Monday, July 23rd, 2012
    I featured this on my Christmas in July blog celebration


    I have a featured button, on my blog, if you'd like.
  5. Sunday, January 8th, 2012
    As an occupational therapist, your activities are GREAT for fine motor skills! Keep up the good ideas!!!!!
  6. Betty S
    Friday, December 2nd, 2011
    Remember to write their sweet little name and nickIname AND date on the back of each piece of cardboard before they begin. This will make it really special and memorable as they get older and when dividing these up when they are grown to take them to their family tree or as you get much older and are ready to let go of them after sharing them with your Christmas tree for the child's lifetime thus far. LOL. Have fun...they grow up really fast!!! Grands are fun, too, though!!
  7. Wednesday, December 8th, 2010
    I love this idea! I am featuring it on somewhatsimple AND TipJunkie this Friday. Thanks for the inspiration!
  8. Jennifer
    Saturday, December 4th, 2010
    Very awesome! We made the pompom ornaments and the candy canes today! My kids are 4 and 6 and they had a BLAST! thanks for the great crafty idea!!!
  9. Tuesday, December 8th, 2009
    How ridiculously simple -- and darling! Tomorrow afternoon has paper candy canes written all over it .... Thanks, *Molly
  10. Saturday, December 5th, 2009
    How clever! I love these, and so easy too :)
  11. josie walrath
    Saturday, December 5th, 2009
    Love the pom pom onaments! The candy cane is cute also.
  12. Saturday, December 5th, 2009
    What happy little ornaments
  13. Linda
    Friday, December 4th, 2009
    Thank you for sharing this candy cane craft. My kids are grown, but I am going to make these, just because;) Hope you are feeling better. I appreciate you taking the time and energy to give us this. Oh-thanks for the memories. I remember doing the pom-pom crafts when I was a kids.
    Thank you!
  14. Friday, December 4th, 2009
    THose are so cute! I'm going to have to do them with my kids! THanks so much!
  15. lilia
    Friday, December 4th, 2009
    I love your stuff. This blog is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I did the advent calendar in a night - it was so simple and still so cute - I am at this stage right now - quick, cute, simple. Thank you! and this blog will be what we do for our night of "make christmas ornaments" (in our advent calendar) yeah!
  16. Friday, December 4th, 2009
    It's so lovely and... simple (which is a great compliment). I love them!
  17. Friday, December 4th, 2009
    I love that the pompoms are being glued to cardboard and not each other, that is so frustrating!
  18. Friday, December 4th, 2009
    Candy canes are so cheery and fun! I remember making those paper rolled ones when I was in grade school.

    These are so fun, thanks for sharing all your ideas!
  19. Friday, December 4th, 2009
    What a great quick and easy candy cane idea! We are definitely gonna try that.

    I'm feeling your pain. Both my boys have strep after having chicken pox last week!
  20. Friday, December 4th, 2009
    You are so crafty and I love your blog. Thanks for inspiring. BTW we got our daughter the ALEX Toys sewing machine for Christmas, I think I am more excited for her :)
  21. Charity
    Friday, December 4th, 2009
    We've had the stomach flu here. Hope everyone is better! Thanks for sharing!
  22. Friday, December 4th, 2009
    We love making those paper candy canes!