Scrunched Paper Candy Cane

By Noreen Doll.

A scrunched paper Candy Cane is so easy even toddlers can have fun making it.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

They’ll love scrunching up the tissue paper squares to be glued on the cardboard.

It’s cheap and easy to make with recycled cereal cardboard and tissue paper.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

Older kids can cut out the tissue paper squares ahead of time so you’ll have everything ready when it’s time to begin.


Cereal Box or other cardboard

White Tissue Paper

Red Tissue Paper (or red napkins – which I used because I couldn’t find a pack of red tissue paper.)

Red Paper Napkins

Red Paper Napkins

Scrap Sheet of Paper for Pattern




How to Make a Scrunched Paper Candy Cane.

1. Make a candy cane pattern large enough to fill your cardboard. Cut it out.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

My candy cane is about 8 inches wide and 11 1/2 inches high.

2. Draw lines to show where the stripes will be.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

I used a Sharpie so the lines would show well in the photo, but a pencil will be less obvious on the finished candy cane.

3. For young children you could use red and white markers or paint for the stripes so they could match the colors.

4. Cut the red and white tissue paper into 2 1/2 inch squares. The size doesn’t need to be exact.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

The larger the candy cane, the more squares will be needed.

5. Scrunch the squares into balls. This part is fun for little ones.

6. Cover one of the stripes with glue. Smear it around so the stripe is completely covered.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

You can add the glue for a toddler. Older children will prefer to add the glue themselves.

7. Start placing the red balls on the glue until the stripe is covered.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

The closer together you put the tissue balls, the fuller the candy cane will look.

8. Cover the next stripe with glue and attach white balls, filling the stripe.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

9. Continue alternating color stripes until the candy cane is completely covered with scrunched paper balls.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal

Let dry.

10. Punch a hole in the top. I put my hole slightly off center so the candy cane would hang at an angle.

Add string or wire to the hole for hanging the candy cane.

11. Attach a bow or other decoration to finish.

Scrunched Paper Candy Cane by Crafty Journal


You can make a very large candy cane if you can find a large piece of cardboard.

If you are working with children too young to cut out the tissue paper squares, have everything ready before you start.

Have the candy cane cut out and marked, the glue at hand, and the squares ready for scrunching.

Don’t expect perfection and be prepared to love the result. You never know where crafting with a toddler will take you!

Noreen Doll

Crafty Journal

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  1. I love these candy canes. My readers would love it!

    Take care,

  2. What a great idea! I should start doing crafts with my youngest. She’s almost 2 now.

  3. Thanks for linking to Creative Saturdays. I remember these. So colourful. I will mark this away as another craft for Tadeo Turtle. excellent idea.
    Janis Cox

  4. I love the “texture” of this design! Christmas wreathes might be another fun one to do, and snowman. I can see where this could be addictive. Creating with children is a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing!

  5. I love this idea. I homeschool 3 four year olds and I am sure they would love this. Thanks for linking up to the all things pretty party.

  6. I love it, it reminds me the vintage plastic “popcorn” decorations from the 70s, yet you can make it right at home. Thanks for sharing. Take care – Dawn

  7. This is a cute idea, my toddler would have so much fun scrunching up all the tissue paper. Thanks for sharing. s

  8. Very cute!

  9. This is such a perfect kid craft! thanks for sharing :) .

  10. This is super cute! Pinned 😉 Thanks for sharing!

  11. Too cute! and great for all skill levels :)

  12. So simply beautiful and easy! Thanks for sharing!

  13. These are SO cute! Found you through the Adorned From Above linkup… definitely bookmarking this site. My kids will love this!

  14. This is a great idea! I love how simple it is but it looks really nice! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing on Family Friday Link Up Party!

  15. What a nostalgic and cute idea. I love it.


  16. Love this. Would like to feature it on my Share It Saturday round up. :)

  17. Thanks for linking up to Snickerdoodle Sunday. I have plans to make something based on your tutorial before Christmas if I can! Hope you come back and visit us again!

  18. That’s cute…Maybe I’ll have my kids make one this week!

    Thanks for sharing on Make Bake Create!

  19. Cute Candy Cane. Thanks so much for sharing with Adorned From Above’s Link Party.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly

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