How to Make a Beaded Candy Cane Ornament

Updated on January 8, 2018
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Deliciously Easy Candy Cane Craft
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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.
  • Scissors
  • All-purpose glue
  • Ornament hook or 7” strand of white/invisible nylon thread

Feed the beads on the pipe cleaner.
Feed the beads on the pipe cleaner.

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!

Glue the ends to prevent anything from falling out.
Glue the ends to prevent anything from falling out.

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.

Bend the ornament to form a candy cane.
Bend the ornament to form a candy cane.

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.

Attach thread to make the ornament easy to hang.
Attach thread to make the ornament easy to hang.

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!

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        Jacobb9205 

        3 years ago

        Looks great, voted up!

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        Mary Merriment 

        5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

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

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        Sarah 

        5 years ago from USA

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

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        Mary Merriment 

        5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

        Thank you very much Prasetio.

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        Mary Merriment 

        5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

        Thank you livingsta.

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        Mary Merriment 

        5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

        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 

        5 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!

        Prasetio

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        Brenda Kyle 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from United Kingdom

        These are pretty!

      • Mary Merriment profile imageAUTHOR

        Mary Merriment 

        5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

        Thank you very much Crystal.

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        Mary Merriment 

        5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

        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 

        5 years ago from Georgia

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

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        Suzanne Ridgeway 

        5 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 

        5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

        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 

        5 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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