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Rudolph the Red-Nosed Candy Cane

Kids can make this adorable candy-cane reindeer craft.

Kids can make this adorable candy-cane reindeer craft.

These little candy cane reindeer are something I remember from my childhood, and it was so much fun introducing them to Dot. Every day since we first made them, she has asked if we can make more. We even invited friends over to join us on one round. While she’s really enjoyed putting them together, I think some of Dot’s enthusiasm has to do with getting to eat the candy canes!

For each reindeer, you will need:

  • 1 candy cane
  • 1 brown pipe cleaner
  • 2 googley eyes
  • 1 pom-pom
  • narrow ribbon (optional)
  • glue
All it takes are some basic craft supplies and a couple of candy canes.

All it takes are some basic craft supplies and a couple of candy canes.

Start by cutting the pipe cleaner in half and then cutting one of those pieces in half again.  Shape the large piece into a “V” and wrap the smaller pieces around to make the antlers.

Use pipe cleaners to create the antlers for your candy cane reindeer.

Use pipe cleaners to create the antlers for your candy cane reindeer.

Place a dab of glue in the bottom of the "V" and twist the antlers around the top of the crook of the candy cane.

Place a dab of glue in the bottom of the "V" and twist the antlers around the top of the crook of the candy cane.

Glue on two googly eyes and one pom-pom nose.

Glue on two googly eyes and one pom-pom nose.

The size of eyes gives the reindeer different expressions. We used red pom-poms for a Rudolph-looking reindeer, but other colors work, too. We’re going to try some with little jingle bell noses next!

Tie the ribbon around your reindeer’s neck, if you so desire.  Ours were so cute without them that we decided to skip this step.

Because my daughter is loving these so much, we have them hanging everywhere, including on a pine garland on our banister, and they look great!

Because my daughter is loving these so much, we have them hanging everywhere, including on a pine garland on our banister, and they look great!

What I Learned the Hard Way: I wanted this to be a toddler-friendly craft, so we used white glue; but we have had a little trouble keeping the noses attached.  I plan to go back while my little one is sleeping and reinforce them with hot glue.

Discussion

One comment for “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Candy Cane”

  1. Ha haa, very funny rain deer, I wonder how long a child will waite before they eat their fain deer??

    Posted by Beulah Smith | December 20, 2011, 12:11 am

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