Rudolph the Red-Nosed Candy Cane

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

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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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Lorna Doone Brewer is a freelance writer, also known as the Queen Bee. She lives in the beautiful Inland Northwest with three spirited daughters and a wildly outnumbered husband.

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