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Easy Candy Cane Beaded Ornament Craft

Easy Candy Cane Beaded Ornament Craft

Making Christmas ornaments with kids is a great family tradition. This candy cane beaded ornament is perfect for younger kids and really easy to make!

This is definitely the year our family is starting many Christmas traditions. It is just so much fun to experience the magic of the holiday season through the eyes of a 2-year old, who for the first time, is comprehending that there is actually something to get excited about.

Making Christmas-themed crafts is a great tradition to start. Making Christmas ornaments together is particularly fantastic because an ornament made this year will hopefully adorn our Christmas tree throughout Sweet Pea’s childhood.

A fantastic ornament to start with is this simple beaded candy cane ornament. This ornament is really so simple that even a young 2-year old could have a blast making it with you!

beaded candy cane ornament

What you will need:

  • Red or White pipe cleaners (or chenille stems)
  • White and red tri beads (or pony beads if you prefer)
  • Scissors or wire cutters

beaded candy cane ornament

How to make the beaded candy cane ornament

Twist two same-colored pipe cleaners together and offset them so there’s about 2 inches of just one hanging off of each end.

beaded candy cane ornament

Place a bead (the same color as your pipe cleaner) halfway onto the one the two-inch end and fold the outside inch in, so the ends meet.

beaded candy cane ornament

String beads on the pipe cleaner in a red/white pattern (I did 17 alternating color sets of 3 – so 51 beads in total).

beaded candy cane ornament

Once you have it to your desired length, cut one of the two pipe cleaners right at the end of the last bead and trim the second pipe cleaner to about half an inch past the last bead.

beaded candy cane ornament

beaded candy cane ornament

Then wrap the excess around the pipe cleaner between the last and second-to-the-last beads tightly.

beaded candy cane ornament

Curl the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape and you’re done!

beaded candy cane ornament

Get Your 2-year Old Involved

This was really the best part. I started the ornament, but after that my daughter did most of the work. Since she didn’t have a lot of experience with candy canes, I instructed her to select a red or white bead.

candy cane beaded ornament

I held the pipe cleaner steady as she stuck the bead on and then threaded it down to the end. The entire process took maybe 10 minutes. I will say that after the first candy cane, my daughter’s attention span had moved onto other things. However, I was impressed by her eye-hand coordination. This simple craft turns out to be a great fine motor skill activity. Bonus!

Do You Love This candy cane beaded ornament craft? Check Out These Christmas Craft Ideas Your Kids Will Love Too!

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Ella

Friday 24th of September 2021

What a wonderful activity for young children and a beautiful tree ornament with memories. That was the best part. I started ornaments, but after that, my son did most of the work. Since she didn't have much experience with candy cans, I instructed her to choose a red or white bead.

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