How to Make a Beaded Candy Cane Ornament
Beaded Candy Cane Ornaments
It’s nearly Christmas, which means the time to break out the craft supplies! I think handmade ornaments are one of the most heartfelt gifts and decorations you can make. I especially love using beaded ornaments to decorate the Christmas tree because of the way the lights sparkle off the beads!
This beaded ornament is an inexpensive, fun, and easy holiday project that can be made anyone and done as a group activity. Your candy cane may not be edible, but it will certainly make a delicious addition to your tree!
What You'll Need
- Tri-star beads. Found in the youth section of a craft store.
- Craft pipe cleaners. Also found in the youth section. I like the tinsel-style and chenille-style pipe cleaners.
- All-purpose glue
- Ornament hook or 7” strand of white/invisible nylon thread
1. Cut and Select
Cut a pipe cleaner in half to make two 6” candy cane ornaments. Then, decide the bead colors you want. You'll need about 40 beads to make a 6" candy cane.
Feed the tri-star beads on the pipe cleaner, alternating colors to create your design. Get as creative and colorful with this as you'd like!
2. Block the Ends
Once you fill up the pipe cleaner with beads, dot a little glue on the ends to hold everything in place. Let it dry for a few minutes, and feel free to make more candy canes while you wait.
3. Bend It in Shape
Bend the pipe cleaner about ¾ of the way from the top to make a candy cane shape. If you want, you can stop here and place your newly Christmas ornament on the tree.
4. Hook It Up
If you want the ornament to hang from a branch, you can tie a loop at the hook part of the ornament using a thread. If you want it to look more professional, attach the candy cane to an ornament hook and place it on the tree!
Additional Beaded Ornament Craft Projects
- How to Make a Beaded-Ball Christmas Ornament
The round Christmas ornament is the most common shapes you can find, but that doesn’t mean they're boring! Try making these unique Christmas ball ornaments to hang on your tree.
- Make a Pretty Snowflake Ornament out of Beads
A beaded snowflake pattern is a great way to capture these delicate beauties. Imagine them twinkling from the Christmas lights!
- How to Make a Peace Sign Ornaments
An easy bead craft that can be done for Earth Day, a hippie-themed party, or for anyone who's a fan of the peace symbol and bead craft projects!
Pretty white tinsel craft stems are perfect for the candy cane craft.
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