Looking for an easy Christmas craft to make with kids? These DIY candy cane christmas craft are perfect for little hands or easy Christmas decor.
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Every year, I go all out for Christmas decorations and I like to find fun, easy ways to DIY my Christmas décor. This year I’ve made some candy cane ornaments with your kids that are easy and fun. All you need are simple art supplies that you probably already have in your craft closet and some creativity.
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Candy Cane Christmas Craft
DIY Candy Cane Craft Supplies
To get started you will need red and white pipe cleaners, red and white tri-beads, and scissors. You can also use a wire cutter if it is easier for you.
To being your craft, grab two pipe cleaners in the same color. Twist them together and offset them so there is about two inches of just one pipe cleaner hanging off the end. Refer to the photo to clarify this step.
Place a bead (the same color as your pipe cleaner) halfway onto the two-inch end and fold the outside inch in. The two ends will now meet as you can see in the photos.
String beads on the pipe cleaner in a red and white pattern. We did 17 alternative color sets of three which was about 51 total beads.
When your candy cane is the desired length, cut one of the two pipe cleaners right at the end of the last bead.
Trim the second pipe cleaner to about half an inch past the last bead. Wrap the excess around the pipe cleaner between the last and the second to last bead tightly.
Curl the pipe cleaning (affiliate link) to look like a candy cane.
Christmas DIY Gifts
These candy canes are the perfect companion for a holiday card (simply attach it to the envelop for an in-person gift) or you can decorate your home with clever and colorful candy canes.
You can experiment with different colors if you would like or stick to the classic red and white.
DIY Candy Cane Christmas Craft
Use pipe cleaners and beads for a sweet Christmas craft.
- Red or white pipe cleaners
- Red & white tri-beads
- Scissors or wire cutter
- Twist two same-colored pipe cleaners together and offset them so there’s about 2 inches of just one hanging off of each end.
- Place a bead (the same color as your pipe cleaner) halfway onto the one the two-inch end and fold the outside inch in, so the ends meet.
- String beads on the pipe cleaner in a red/white pattern (I did 17 alternating color sets of 3 - so 51 beads in total).
- Once you have it to your desired length, cut one of the two pipe cleaners right at the end of the last bead and trim the second pipe cleaner to about half an inch past the last bead.
- Wrap the excess around the pipe cleaner between the last and second-to-the-last beads tightly.
- Curl the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape and you’re done!
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What is the Meaning of the Candy Cane?
According to legend, a Midwestern candy maker decided to make a holiday treat for children that would be a reminder of Christ and a symbol of His birth, His ministry, and His death.
The candy maker started with a stick of pure white hard candy to symbolize purity. The shape itself represents the shepherd’s crook. If you turn it upside down, it is also the letter J, which serves as a reminder of Jesus.
Three small red stripes were added to the traditional candy to represent the stripes of Jesus made by the Roman soldiers. The large red stripe is a symbol of the blood he shed on the cross.
The traditional flavor of candy canes is peppermint, which is similar to hyssop. Hyssop, from the mint family, was used in the Old Testament for purification and sacrifice. Have you ever smelled the essential oil?
Did you know that making candy canes is a quite laborious process? There is pulling and twisting. Cutting and even bending that was done completely by hand until the 1950s. While most candy canes are now made by machines, there are some local shops that still make them by hand.
If you’re in Denver around Christmas, you need to check out a factory tour at Hammond’s.