How to Make a Candy Cane Reindeer

These candy cane reindeer are easy to make and fun for the entire family. They can fill any Christmas tree or wreath with adorable, homemade ornaments, in a short space of time.

Steps

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    Plug in the glue gun. Insert one glue stick. Check the glue gun is hot enough so that when you squeeze the trigger liquid glue comes out of the end.
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    Take out a candy cane, but leave the cellophane wrapper on. Take out one puffball.
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    Put one small dot of glue on the short end tip of the candy cane.
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    Quickly place the puffball on the glue dot.
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    Take out two googly eyes. Place two small dots of hot glue side-by-side, horizontally, half-way up the short side of the candy cane.
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    Quickly place one googly eye on each of the glue dots.
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    Cut one pipe cleaner in half.
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    Use one half of the pipe cleaner to twist around the curve in the candy cane, leaving equal lengths on both sides of the twist.
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    Take one of the lengths of the pipe cleaner wrapped around the curve in the candy cane and bend it at the twist so that it makes a 90 degree angle. Bend the pipe cleaner so that it faces away from the candy cane.
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    Bend the pipe cleaner in a 90 degree angle again, this time about halfway between the first bend and the end of the pipe cleaner. Bend the pipe cleaner so that it faces up.
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    Repeat the previous two steps with the other length of the pipe cleaner.
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    Marvel at your tiny, candy cane reindeer! Using the curve of the candy cane, hang it from a Christmas tree branch or wreath.

Tips

  • When you are done using the candy cane reindeer as ornaments, feel free to remove the decorations and cellophane wrapper and enjoy a treat after all your hard work!
  • Most of the items required to make the candy cane reindeer can be found at crafts stores, or in arts and crafts sections of most supermarkets.
  • Place hot glue directly onto the cellophane-wrapped candy cane, and not the puff balls or googly eyes. You will avoid burning your fingers this way.
  • Be creative! Try using different colored puff balls, pipe cleaners and candy canes for countless original candy cane reindeer!
  • When not using the hot glue gun, place it on a paper plate or paper towel so that it does not damage your table.

Warnings

  • Hot glue guns can reach very high temperatures, so adult supervision is required when children are participating in this activity.
  • Because of the use of small parts in this process, there is a choking hazard involved if young children are participating. Adult supervision is required.

Things You'll Need

  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Candy canes
  • Red and brown puff balls
  • Brown pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Googly eyes
  • Christmas tree or wreath
  • Paper plate or paper towels

Article Info

Categories: Christmas Decorations