By Noreen Doll.
A scrunched paper Candy Cane is so easy even toddlers can have fun making it.
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.
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.)
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.
My candy cane is about 8 inches wide and 11 1/2 inches high.
2. Draw lines to show where the stripes will be.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9. Continue alternating color stripes until the candy cane is completely covered with scrunched paper balls.
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.
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!