Candy Cane Crafts; a Sweet Beaded Ornament
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.
-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!
Craft Pipe Cleaners
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