Candy Cane Crafts; a Sweet Beaded Ornament

Deliciously Easy Candy Cane Crafts
Deliciously Easy Candy Cane Crafts | Source

It’s nearly Christmas time again and time to break out the craft supplies!

Making homemade Christmas ornaments is one of the most creative and heartfelt things you can give as gifts or for decorating your own home. I especially love the beaded ornament as a Christmas tree decoration as the Christmas lights will shine and sparkle off of the beads.

This candy cane beaded ornament may not be edible, but they still make a delicious addition to the tree.

This beaded candy cane pattern is an inexpensive, fun and easy Christmas ornament that can be made by young hands on up; making this beaded ornament a great group or family activity.

To complete one beaded candy cane pattern, you will need to gather the following supplies:

-Cut one chenille stick/pipe cleaner craft stick in half, making two 6” stems.

-About 40 tri-star beads, enough to fill one 6” stem.

Decide what colors you would like your candy cane pattern to be. Do you prefer the traditional red & white, or red & green, or some other combination? If you get the transparent beads, the lights shine through them better. But you can use the solid colors if you prefer.

-Multi-purpose glue

-An ornament hook or a 7” piece of white thread or invisible nylon thread


Feed the tri-star beads on to the 6” chenille stem, alternating the colors to create the design you prefer. It’s okay to get as creative and colorful with these candy cane crafts as you like.

Once the length of the pipe cleaner craft stick has been filled, place a little bit of glue on the ends to hold the beads in place. Let dry for a few minutes. This is a good time to start on more of these easy candy cane crafts.

After the glue has dried, bend the bead stick, about ¾ from the top, to form a hook that completes the shape of the candy cane pattern. You can then place this beaded Christmas ornament on the Christmas tree using this formed hook to hold it on the branch.

However, if you would like the beaded ornament to hang below the branch, you can tie white thread, string or invisible nylon thread into a loop to the top of the ornament, or place an ornament hook at the top of the ornament for hanging.

Candy Cane Song

There you have it, deliciously fun and easy candy cane crafts. Make the craft session twice as sweet by singing a Candy Cane Song!

Where to find these craft supplies:

Tri-star beads can be found in many color varieties or in multi-color packs. These craft beads can typically be found in the youth craft section... not with the jewelry beads.

Craft pipe cleaners can also typically be found in the youth craft section. I have used the tinsel style pipe cleaners and the chenille style ones. There are also many color options with both types of these. Whatever you choose to use is a matter of personal preference... it's all fun!

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Jacobb9205 22 months ago from Gloucestershire

Looks great, voted up!

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Mary Merriment 3 years ago from Boise area, Idaho Author

I'm sure you'll all have fun with it Sarah.

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sarahshuihan 4 years ago from USA

These are beautiful! I might have to try this with my niece and nephew!

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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho Author

Thank you very much Prasetio.

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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho Author

Thank you livingsta.

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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho Author

bridalletter, I first made these with my mom back in the 70's. I still have the original ones we made together. Over the years, I have made them with my daughter as well. Some of the other designs, like snowflakes and ornament balls, I still have in the original orange and green designs. They definitely show their age!

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prasetio30 4 years ago from malang-indonesia

Beautiful creation and I love to share this hub to my students. I hope they want to make it in their spare time. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up!


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bridalletter 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

I am feeling nostalgic now. My grandmother and aunts taught me how to do this. I remember sitting around the table with them and all those beads, making the candy canes and wreaths. Happy to see it now some 30 years later or more. Nice share, thank you.

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livingsta 4 years ago from United Kingdom

These are pretty!

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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho Author

Thank you very much Crystal.

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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho Author

Thank you so much for the boost Suzie. I really do appreciate you sharing this. They are very simple and fun to do. Have fun!

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Crystal Tatum 4 years ago from Georgia

What a great idea! These are gorgeous. Voted up and interesting.

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Suzie HQ 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

Hi Mary,

What an interesting and unique idea, I love your photos of the candy canes! So easy to do and something all ages can do! Vu, interesting, useful, sharing and pining! Can't wait to try this!

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Mary Merriment 4 years ago from Boise area, Idaho Author

Thank you. I made these with my mom when I was very young. But for a few years, my daughter and I have made many of them as part of our bead ornament gift sets for others.

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Ardot 4 years ago from Canada

Very nice! Looks fun. I will definitely try this one with the kids this year! Nice photos as well.

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