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. 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!

  2. 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!

  3. 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

  4. 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.

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