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How To Make Candy Cane Reindeer

How To Make Candy Cane Reindeer

Christmas is known for many things; decorations, sumptuous meals, gifts and much more. For most homeowners, decorations are one of the things that excite them most. Making the house pretty and capturing the Christmas theme is pretty much the goal. What could be more Christmas-y than candy canes and reindeers? Learning how to make candy cane reindeers is fun, especially for the kids. In this project you will be making a reindeer from a candy cane, with the help of some crafts materials. You can use this as a decoration for your Christmas tree, wreath or centerpiece. You can also add this, as a decorative food, to your sumptuous Christmas Eve meal. This is a fun and easy project that you can teach kids and let them do their own versions of candy cane reindeers. It’s a very creative way to help the children have fun on this very joyous holiday. Here are the basic steps of how to create your own candy cane reindeers:

  1. The first thing that you have to do, before starting this project, is to find the materials that you need.

    This is very important, so that when you finally start this project, everything will go smoothly. The things that you have to prepare are the following: a simple, small (1 to 1 ½ inch) reindeer template (ears and face) that you can either make or download from the internet, a candy cane, brown felt, black felt, red felt, a pencil, a pair of scissors, glue, a hole punch and floral wire (brown or black).

  2. When you have gathered all your materials, you can make the template. If you want to do it by yourself, just cut an oval shape out of cardboard. Make it approximately an inch to an inch and a half long. Of course, it depends on how big you want your reindeer’s face to be. For the ears, cut out two small leaf-like shapes. The size of these also depends on the reindeer’s face. If you’re not confident of your own drawing abilities, you can also look for templates on the internet and trace those onto the cardboard instead.

  3. Using the templates that you have made in step 2, trace them onto the brown felt. Make as many as you want. For the eyes and nose, just punch a couple of circles using the hole punch. Use a smaller one for the eyes. Also, if you wish some reindeers to have red noses, use red felt instead. When you finally have all the shapes cut, group them together. Each group should have one head, two eyes, a nose and two ears.

  4. Now decide on what kind of candy canes to use. If you intend these candy cane reindeers to be used only as ornaments, use plastic ones. If you want this on your dining table, use edible ones.

  5. Paste the face of the reindeer onto the hook of the cane with glue. Secure the face properly. Do the same with the ears, adjusting them accordingly. You can test how they look first before pasting them permanently onto the face. Do the same for the eyes and nose. Let everything dry until all of the parts are set in their respective places.

  6. For the antlers, use the colored floral wires. Cut 5 inches of floral wire and twist it to make it look realistic and decorative. Locate the middle and twist it onto the top of the candy cane just above the face. Adjust the antlers according to what you want them to look like.

The best things about knowing how to make candy cane reindeers are that you can do it with your kids and you have a bunch of decoration options.


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