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Paper Candy Canes

Posted by  ·  December 11, 2008  ·  Last Updated: December 11, 2008

When my son was in fourth grade he made these paper candy canes.  He must have 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!

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  1. Beth Lewis
    Sunday, November 26th, 2017
    My mom made these with her kindergarten classes every year since the 60's. I've made them with K, 1st and 2nd and they really are addicting.
  2. Saturday, December 6th, 2014
    These are great! Super cute and easy. Just my thing! They would also look great attached to a gift!
  3. keke
    Wednesday, December 4th, 2013
  4. cindy
    Saturday, September 1st, 2012
    that is cool :)
  5. leopardleah
    Saturday, December 19th, 2009
  6. leopardleah
    Saturday, December 19th, 2009
  7. Thursday, December 25th, 2008
    So cool! So brilliant!
    I showed this to my 1st and 5th grader today. They started in making candy canes of all sizes. I can't believe how much time I got out of this simple project. Thanx a bunch and have a great Christmas!
  8. arya
    Monday, December 22nd, 2008
    Thanks for sharing ! This is just so simple n amazing
  9. Rita
    Friday, December 19th, 2008
    Made these with my daughter's 1st grade class yesterday. Huge hit!!! Thanks for sharing!
  10. JoeyfromVA
    Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
    Awesome craft! Thanks for sharing!
  11. Sunday, December 14th, 2008
    Very cool! Thanks!
  12. Tami
    Saturday, December 13th, 2008
    What a cute idea!
  13. Saturday, December 13th, 2008
    How cute!
    I love to put little candy canes on a small tree in my kitchen. This is a tree I let the grandkids decorate and touch so they leave the big tree alone (they still touch). It never fails they knock the candy canes off and they break into pieces then the baby puts them in his mouth and we have to chase him down before he chokes. I'm gonna make some tiny ones for the little tree. I'll bet the baby still eats them!
  14. Linda Gerig
    Saturday, December 13th, 2008
    okay I tried this and mine did not look like yours. You take a piece of typing paper and make it square. I did the red marker and turned it over and rolled from the nonred corner. Is this right? your paper does not look square. it looked so easy. i must be only slow one in the bunch. Linda Gerig
  15. Friday, December 12th, 2008
    Love this. I've been making ornaments and stuff with my middle school students and they love it. This is cheap and easy and requires only a shopping trip to the copy room.
  16. Gary
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Wow These are the best I've already made 1000
  17. Mikayla
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Soooooo fun!!!
  18. Mikayla
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    This is the best
  19. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    How fun & super simple! Thanks for the great ideas!!!
  20. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    these are SO cute!!! Keeps the little ones from wanting CANDY all the time!!!
  21. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Cute! My kids would love to make those! :)
  22. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Very cute. I think my son will be making some of these this afternoon.
  23. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Oh my goodness! I've never seen this before and it's utterly brilliant! Something both my kiddos will LOVE. And maybe a classroom activity for the Holiday party next week. Thanks so much!
  24. Mummy
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    thanks for posting this! My girls and I are held up as hostages in our house after recovering from a bug -- these were a nice little distraction! Thanks!
  25. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    These are wonderful! I love this idea! Thank you so much for posting it!
  26. Typhany
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    this is a great idea it will keep my kids busy...thanks
  27. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    its so so cute,
  28. Ninfa DePalma
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Thanks for the idea!!! I have just tried and I will make some for my friends as part of our silly present exchange, although there is nothing about them! They are clever and CUTE!
  29. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Cool! I think I'll make some for the Christmas tree!
  30. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    The perfect after school activity!
  31. Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Cute decoration, simple, and no-glue. That's my idea of a good Christmas craft! I like your pen idea too, Amy.
  32. Amy T
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    OK... I know I'm toeing the line on obsessive commenting with TWO in a row... but I just made one to "try it out"... and mine was wide enough that (on a whim) I stuck a bic pen in the open end. I secured with another small piece of clear tape around the end.

    Thought I'd share... definitely added a little holiday cheer to my work space, and made for a comfy pen grip :-)
  33. Amy T
    Thursday, December 11th, 2008
    Cute cute cute!!! Thanks for sharing this!