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How to Make DIY Reindeer Candy Canes

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How to Make DIY Reindeer Candy Canes

These DIY Reindeer Candy Canes are an easy, quick, and fun Christmas craft for kids and adults. They make GREAT party treats, stocking stuffers, or simple, inexpensive gifts for classmates. 

DIY Reindeer Candy Canes are a fun, easy Christmas craft that are perfect as party treats, stocking stuffers, or simple gifts for classmates. They're incredibly quick to make and look ADORABLE! #christmascrafts #reindeercrafts #candycanecrafts #rudolph

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I’ve been making these adorable DIY Reindeer Candy Canes for YEARS. They are my favorite Christmas craft and people always seem to love them.

I even like to hang them on the Christmas tree as cute, handmade holiday ornaments. Or display them in a jar as an additional DIY Christmas decoration.

They’re adorable, incredibly easy-to-make, and QUICK. I made almost a dozen in less than a half hour while watching Grey’s Anatomy… and that includes some teary eyed breaks.

For Christmas baking ideas, please check out –
Cranberry Bliss Cookies – Just like Starbucks’ Cranberry Bliss Bars
Easy Chocolate Peppermint Cookies – The BEST Christmas Cookie
Christmas Cut-Out Sugar Cookies (with Icing) – No Spread & No Chill

DIY Reindeer Candy Cane Crafts

DIY Reindeer Candy Cane Crafts

DIY Reindeer Candy Canes are a holiday tradition of mine. I usually make them while watching Hallmark Christmas movies.

They are great as gift toppers, table decorations, party treats, stocking stuffers, and more.

In the past, I sent them as a little thank you gift with holiday orders from my etsy shop.

I also make a similar bag! You can learn how to make one too – How to Make DIY Reindeer Gift Bags.

DIY Reindeer Gift Bags - Homemade Christmas Goodie Bags - Christmas Crafts

Simple Antlers for DIY Reindeer Candy Canes

Over the years, my design of the antlers became more and more complicated. They were beautiful, but took a lot of time and patience.

Unfortunately, most of us don’t have the time for that. I realized this when trying to make larger versions of the complex antlers for mass orders of the reindeer bags. It was time consuming and painful. I twisted so much that my fingertips were raw.

Reindeer Candy Canes
An example of the more elaborate antlers.

I simplified the DIY Reindeer Candy Cane antlers for this DIY guide. They are easy, quick, and cute!

I will still explain how to enhance the antlers though, in case you want to do so. 

Simple Reindeer Craft
Simple Antlers

The BEST Materials

These DIY Reindeer Candy Canes are a relatively inexpensive Christmas craft.

A box of candy canes can be bought at DollarTree for a dollar.

I bought a variety of googly eyes (182 of them) at Walmart for under $3. The red pom poms were only $0.97 at Walmart. Both items are also similarly priced at Michaels, which is one of my favorite stores.

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I bought the brown pipe cleaners in bulk awhile ago. I am not going to recommend the brand because it sheds horribly when twisted. The wire becomes exposed then I have to keep cutting to salvage it. I hate it.

Amazon has a convenient Christmas DIY Crafts Making Set that includes Brown Pipe Cleaners Chenille Stems, Red Pom Poms, and Wiggle Googly Eyes. The set has GREAT reviews. You can check it out HERE.

I like to include cute bows around the “neck” of my Reindeer Candy Canes. To me, they look naked without them. I prefer bows that tie around the candy cane, like these mini red ones.

DIY Reindeer Candy Cane Craft

For more Christmas Party Treats, please check out –
The Perfect Christmas Sugar Cookie Recipe (with Icing)
Peppermint Chocolate Chip Cookies
The Ultimate Chocolate Peppermint Chunk Cookies

List of Materials & Tools

  • Candy Canes
  • Brown Pipe Cleaners
  • Googly Eyes (I prefer the BIG ones, but like to use all the different sizes. Everyone is different, including reindeers!)
  • 1 inch Red Pom Poms
  • Mini Bows
  • Glue Gun (This Chandler Tool Mini Glue Gun actually stays standing!!! After years of having one that CONSTANTLY fell over, this is like heaven on earth.)
  • Glue for Glue Gun
  • Scissors

How to Make DIY Reindeer Candy Canes

  1. Take a brown pipe cleaner and fold it in half. Cut at the crease. 

2. Repeat #1 with another pipe cleaner.

3. Take two of the half pieces and fold them in half. Cut those at the bend. 

How to Make Reindeer Antlers

4. Twist one of the shorter pipe cleaners (1/4 of the original) around one of the halves. 

How to Make Reindeer Antlers

5. Repeat #4. 

6. Bend the pipe cleaner with the added, twisted pieces in half. 

7. Place the arch of a candy in the middle.

8. Twist the pipe cleaner around the candy cane. Secure it tightly, but be careful. I’ve broken a few candy canes by twisting it TOO tight.

How to Make Reindeer Antlers

9. Play, bend, and manipulate the pipe cleaners until they look like antlers!

10. If you would like more complex antlers, just cut smaller pieces of pipe cleaner and wrap those around various parts of the antlers. You can add them to the 1/4 pieces or to the main pipe cleaner. It is up to you!

How to Make Reindeer Antlers
Adding an extra piece of pipe cleaner.
Reindeer Candy Cane Craft
Bend and twist until you like it. This is with one extra piece of small pipe cleaner on each side.

11. Glue two of the googly eyes on the candy cane with a hot glue gun

Googly Eyes for the most adorable reindeer ever.

12. Glue one of the red pom poms on the tip of the candy cane. 

Rudolph Craft

13. Tie the bow around the reindeer’s “neck”. I usually do this across from and a little under the “nose”, if that makes sense. 

Reindeer Crafts - Christmas Crafts with Candy Canes

And, that’s it!

Repeat the steps until you have as many DIY Reindeer Candy Canes as you need/want.

Don’t forget to check out – How to Make DIY Reindeer Gift Bags

I hope you and your loved ones enjoy these Reindeer Candy Canes!!!

What is your go-to holiday craft? I’d love to know! Share below!

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These DIY Reindeer Candy Canes are an easy, quick, and fun Christmas craft for kids and adults. They make GREAT party treats, stocking stuffers, or simple, inexpensive gifts for classmates. #stockingstuffer #candycanecraft #christmascrafts
DIY Reindeer Candy Canes are a fun, easy Christmas craft that are perfect as party treats, stocking stuffers, or simple gifts for classmates. They're incredibly quick to make and look ADORABLE! #christmascrafts #reindeercrafts #candycanecrafts #rudolph
DIY Reindeer Candy Canes are a fun, easy Christmas craft. They are perfect as holiday party treats, stocking stuffers, or simple gifts for classmates. They're incredibly quick-to-make and look ADORABLE! #christmascrafts #reindeercrafts #candycanecrafts #rudolph

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