Candy Cane Reindeer


Remember making classic candy cane reindeers? They are still fun to make for kids and perfect for Christmas decorations on the tree, to tie on a present, or hand out one to each classmate! Also a simple inexpensive craft to make in the classroom. See our tips below for making candy reindeers as a class.
Make cute candy cane reindeer


  • Candy Cane (individually wrapped)
  • Non Toxic Glue like Elmer's White School Glue or Non Toxic Craft Glue
  • Pair of wiggly eyes
  • Mini brown pompom for nose
  • One pipe cleaner (brown, red or green suggested)
  • Pencil for curling antlers.


  • Put a small dot of glue on the front of the candy cane hook for the nose.
  • Place glue above the nose for the wiggly eyes. Drop eyes on gently and press lightly to secure.
  • Let dry. If the candy canes came in a box that has sections separating each one, you can use that to put each candy cane reindeer back in there to dry.
  • When the glue is dry, bend one pipe cleaner in half and twist securely around top of candy cane.
  • Bend to form antlers or wrap around a child's first pencil to make the curly antler version. Trim if necessary.
  • With an older child, you can cut about two inches off each end and twist onto main piece to form branches off the main antler.
  • Make a bow with ribbon and tie around the "neck" of the reindeer.

Tips and Suggestions

  • Explain to your child to be gentle with the candy canes or they can break. Have a couple extra on hand.
  • Buy thicker candy canes for younger children so you can put on larger wiggly eyes. It will be easier for them to place onto the glue.

Classroom Tips

  • If it is for a large group of children, work in groups of four and five at a time. Have a little sticker like an mini address label or spot stickers with their initials on it
  • Pre made Christmas bows are another option to making each one.

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