Christmas tree ornaments will not be complete without red and white candy canes. If you plan to have a DIY Christmas decoration this year, you would also want to create your own candy canes. You can use these to adorn not only the Christmas tree but also wreaths and any other item that you will use for the holidays. Candy canes are great because they are attractive, bright, and colorful. They can instantly add a festive mood to any plain room. Here are the steps on how to create your own candy cane ornaments.
Tools and Materials Needed:
- Old newspapers
- Acrylic paint or poster paint
- Paint brush
- Masking tape
- Ribbon lace
Step 1 – Create a template
Trace a template of candy cane onto a cardboard. If you are not confident on your drawing skills, you can find templates online. Make it thinner and smaller than the size that you want for your candy cane. This is because you would be adding newspaper strips on it later on to fatten it and make it bigger.
Step 2 – Cut the candy cane shape and newspaper strips
Use a pair of scissors to cut down within the pencil lined drawing of the candy cane. This cardboard template would serve as the base for the ornament. Cut old newspapers into strips. On a small container, pour in water, and then add some glue into it. Mix the solution thoroughly until the glue and water blend well.
Step 3 – Start wrapping the template
One by one, dip the newspaper strip into the glue solution. Then wrap it carefully around the candy cane base template. Smoothen out any warps and wrinkles. Repeat this step until the base is completely covered with newspaper. Let it dry completely for one hour. Then, apply thin masking tape around the candy cane. Be sure to apply the tape so that the lines are exposed for you to paint the white color on.
Step 4– Paint the candy cane
Using white poster color or acrylic paint, start painting the ornament and cover the entire area. Sprinkle white glittery powder on top of the candy cane while the paint is still wet. Then let it sit for a few minutes so that the paint will completely dry and the glitter sticks before you remove the masking tape. After that, remove the masking tape. This will reveal the part of the candy cane that has not been painted yet. Use red color to paint these parts. Sprinkle red glitters on the red paint. Let the paint dry again. Tap the candy cane lightly so that the glitter that did not stick can be removed.
Once the candy cane has been completely dried, tie it with a gold, silver, or green ribbon lace to complete the look. This project is fun for kids of all ages and is quick and easy to complete.