As peppermint and candy canes become the star of the show in the winter season, the crafting world is no different! It’s time to start making candy cane crafts with the kids, and we are talking about the easy kind!
You will love these simple and entertained candy cane activities. Most of the supply lists are inexpensive, and as a crafty mom, you probably already have what you need at home.
Enjoy our list of the Best Candy Cane Craft Ideas for Toddlers!
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These are perfect when you want to make DIY Christmas ornaments. Some choose to have parties for kids where they can make them, and this would be a great idea. Almost perfect for any age, even toddlers can participate with a bit of adult supervision. You’ll need craft foam sheets, glue, mini candy canes, and a few decorating supplies for embellishments.
I am in love with this cute candy cane craft! The canes are used to replicate the bottom of the sled, along with peppermints for added decoration. Not only is this a great piece of holiday decor where guests can snag a piece of candy, you could also give this as an edible DIY gift.
Made with pony beads, hot glue, and pipe cleaners, this craft comes together in no time! It’s also cheap to make, so perfect for those who want to use this candy cane craft in a classroom setting for lots of children. The beads are somewhat small, so if you making this with smaller kids, just keep an eye on them. The hot glue helps to secure the two end beads, so you could do that ahead of time to make crafting easier.
There are two versions of this tutorial. One is for toddlers and preschoolers where the reindeer template has a preprinted face. All they have to do is cut, glue, and add the candy canes. The other one is best suited for ages 5 and up. You can let them decorate how they choose using pom poms, sequins, different-sized googley eyes, markers, and paint.
All you need for this one are pipe cleaners and fruit loops! Be sure to have some extra cereal or your candy canes may come up a little short with the kids snacking. This is a great craft for younger kids to practice their fine motor skills, along with making patterns out of the candy canes. Older kids can take part too where they can be a little more creative.
To make the snowman, kids may need a little help. The instructions say to trace a snowman onto felt for the holder. This may be hard for some to freehand, but I am sure you could find a printable template to use. The author also says you can use the candy cane holders for place cards, gift cards, and even napkin rings! Use different colored pieces of felt to never make the same snowman twice!
These are so cute and you could definitely use this tutorial to make other types of ornaments. Older kids could really get artistic in making different things using more beads in different colors. Clear and red pony beads are melted together to make a candy cane. Then simply glue on a couple of jingle bells and attach a piece of fishing line to hang it on the tree.
While any age child could make this craft, it’s really helpful for those who have learned their letters. On a piece of cardstock, with a pen, you mark off the sections with an R and W so they know where to glue to the pom-poms. If you don’t have white pom poms you could use cotton balls instead and that would probably be cheaper as well! Afterward, you can hang it on the fridge or attach a small piece of ribbon to go on the tree.
Your family will love receiving these cute little handmade trees that hold candy canes! This would also be an easy craft for the classroom as long as you did a little prep work ahead of time. Basically, you cut a Christmas out of felt making a few slits down the middle. The kids will decorate with jewels for the ornaments and add the star to the top. Lastly, tuck the candy in the slits so that the Christmas tree is holding it!
Using initial beads to spell out their name is a nice little twist for the beaded candy cane craft. Using the kind that has the initial with the white background still looks natural enough, but makes it more personalized. They are pretty quick to make and can be used with most age groups! For longer names, you may need to use a longer pipe cleaner and vice versa with a shorter name.
Once you draw the candy cane on a piece of cardboard or heavy card stock the real fun begins! Have children ball up white and red pieces of tissue paper, then glue them on in the pattern of a candy cane. You can also use napkins if you have those instead of crepe paper. Add a ribbon once you are finished then display!
These are such a special keepsake and also make great gifts for family members. Fingerprint ornaments can be made with any age group, but toddlers and preschoolers have the most fun. The base is actually a piece of corkboard or you can use IKEA coasters like the tutorial lists. Hole punch the top so you can add a ribbon once it dries. If you have leftovers you can make other designs for more ornaments.
We hope you enjoy this list of the best candy cane crafts for kids! Let us know which is your favorite and how many you decide to try throughout the winter season!