Candy Cane-O-Grams


Special thanks to Erica for being my “hand model” on this project!

This
“Candy Cane-O-Gram” is a favorite holiday project year after year. It may look like an ordinary paper candy cane, but it contains a special hidden message for it’s recipient! Once kids make their first one, they’ll be “hooked”!

1. Use a ruler to draw parallel lines in holiday colors along the edges of your paper. Make some lines thick and others thin. Leave some white paper showing between your lines. (We used 9×12 construction paper here, but you can use any size paper you want, to make a smaller or larger candy cane. Regular copy paper works well, too!)

2. Next, think about who you would like to give this candy cane to (your mom, dad, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend, teacher, etc.), and write a note to them in the middle of your paper. Offer to do something special for them, help them with something, or just tell them how special they are! (If you offer to do something, make sure you are willing to follow through!!)

3. Now, turn your paper over (so that the lines you drew and your message are on the back) and roll it up around your pencil, diagonally from corner to corner. (Using a square piece of paper can be helpful if students have trouble rolling from corner to corner on a rectangle.) Keep the paper snug as you roll it. Then, when you can no longer see your pencil, loosen your grip a tiny bit and let your pencil slide out through one of the ends.


4. Keep rolling…..

5. Keep rolling…..

6. When you get to the end, have a small piece of clear tape ready to secure the corner.

7. Finally, bend one of the ends to make a hook shape. Add a gift tag so you will remember who to give it to and they will know who it’s from…. This is especially important if you make more than one! Try making a variety of sizes and hang them on your tree!

Time Saving Tip: If you’re “pinched for time”, you can color just 2 adjacent sides of your paper, and then start rolling from the uncolored corner, leaving just the colored edges showing on the finished candy cane. I prefer to color all four edges so that the message inside is framed with a colorful border, but if you want to make lots of candy canes, this can be a good option!

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12 Responses to Candy Cane-O-Grams

  1. Barbarasthoughtoftheday December 8, 2010 at 5:03 am #

    I tried this last year, and was amazed how much kids LOVED making this simple gift. A great holiday filler.

  2. Deborah December 8, 2010 at 5:15 am #

    This is super cute!

  3. Heidi December 9, 2010 at 5:52 am #

    Oh, how neat! I can't wait to try this with my classes next week! Thanks for posting!

  4. Leann @ MontessoriTidbits December 11, 2010 at 5:08 pm #

    I gave you “The Versatile Blogger” award today on my blog. Thanks for inspiring me!

  5. Robyn December 11, 2010 at 6:23 pm #

    How fun! Thanks for the idea! My kids will love this.

  6. maggy, red ted art December 22, 2010 at 2:42 am #

    Very very cute indeed (and great to get them writing a little..)

    I would LOVE for you to join us at Kids Get Crafty (every Wednesday on Red Ted Art) – current link up http://www.redtedart.com/2010/12/22/kids-get-crafty-knusper-knusper-knauschen/

    Hope to see you there!

    Maggy

  7. Nancie Kay December 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm #

    Oooh – wish I had seen this earlier! Any chance you could repeat it again next year about Thanksgiving time?

  8. TeachKidsArt December 31, 2010 at 2:03 pm #

    Nancie – I'm going to be re-working my site over the next few months and hope to make it easier to find resources for holidays, etc. Stay tuned!!

  9. cheryl December 19, 2012 at 9:52 am #

    So cute! Great option for stocking stuffers for the grandparents–they’re gonna melt. :)
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    • cheryl December 19, 2012 at 10:13 am #

      I’m sorry–I’m new to commenting/blogging. I didn’t mean to attach a link and I have no idea what the little heart means above. LOL. (I am a subscriber to this blog). ??? …anyway, sorry if my blogettiquette is wrong. I promise I’m trying! :)

      • Cheryl Trowbridge December 19, 2012 at 10:37 am #

        Hi Cheryl, The little heart with the link to your site is a plug-in I installed on my site called “Comment Luv” – it links back to your most recent post as a legit way to reward readers and encourage community for related blogs! :-)

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Candy Cane-O-Grams

Special thanks to Erica for being my “hand model” on this project!

It’s December, and that means it’s time for some holiday projects!
This
“Candy Cane-O-Gram” is a favorite project year after year. It may look like an ordinary paper candy cane, but it contains a special hidden message for it’s recipient! Once kids make their first one, they’ll be “hooked”!

1. Use a ruler to draw parallel lines in holiday colors along the edges of your paper. Make some lines thick and others thin. Leave some white paper showing between your lines. (We used 9×12 construction paper here, but you can use any size paper you want, to make a smaller or larger candy cane. Regular copy paper works well, too!)

2. Next, think about who you would like to give this candy cane to (your mom, dad, sibling, aunt, uncle, grandparent, friend, teacher, etc.), and write a note to them in the middle of your paper. Offer to do something special for them, help them with something, or just tell them how special they are! (If you offer to do something, make sure you are willing to follow through!!)

3. Now, turn your paper over (so that the lines you drew are on the back) and roll it up around your pencil, diagonally from corner to corner. Keep the paper snug as you roll it. Then, when you can no longer see your pencil, loosen your grip a tiny bit and let your pencil slide out through one of the ends.

4. Keep rolling…..

5. Keep rolling…..

6. When you get to the end, have a small piece of clear tape ready to secure the corner.

7. Finally, bend one of the ends to make a hook shape. Add a gift tag so you will remember who to give it to and they will know who it’s from…. This is especially important if you make more than one! Try making a variety of sizes and hang them on your tree!

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8 Responses to Candy Cane-O-Grams

  1. Katie December 3, 2009 at 6:39 pm #

    I do this with my students! But, we use square pieces of paper, and just do the lines on two sides (a corner). THEY LOVE IT!

  2. Pink & Green Mama December 4, 2009 at 3:18 pm #

    Such a fun twist!! We used to just make paper candy canes but I love the hidden message idea. I'm going to share this one with my daughter's first grade teacher — the kids love making notes for each other!! : )

  3. Char December 7, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    I did this today with 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders and they loved it! Kids kept asking for paper to take home to make more. Thanks for sharing a wonderful idea. I also had my class use a square of copy paper and color only 2 sides.

  4. TeachKidsArt December 7, 2009 at 8:50 pm #

    You can definitely do this by coloring only two edges – especially if you're in a hurry or making a lot of them! I like to color all four edges so that the message in the middle is “framed” with color… just a personal preference!

  5. Anonymous December 8, 2009 at 7:43 am #

    What kind of paper do you use? I'm using ordinary printer paper and can't get the hook shape to stay put. But I love the idea so much!! Any tips on how to get my candy cane hooks to stay hook-shaped would be much appreciated. And thank you for the fun idea!

  6. TeachKidsArt December 9, 2009 at 8:11 am #

    I use construction paper or copy paper – either one works just fine! It can be a bit tricky to get the hooks to stay in place, so what I often do is roll the curvy part of the hook (not the end that needs to stay straight) around my finger one full turn. That tends to “over-correct” the problem, then you can finesse it a little to get it just the way you want it and it will stay that way. Hope that helps!

  7. barb January 10, 2010 at 11:19 am #

    I did this project with my students as well and they loved it. The method we use to make the hook is to use a marker to “steam roll” one end to flatten it. Then we wind the flattened section onto the marker to make the hook. Over correction is certainly the key.

  8. laura minala November 24, 2012 at 7:52 am #

    So cool! i am definitely trying this!

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