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 9x12 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. :)
    cheryl recently posted..Designer Q&A with Sherri BlumMy Profile

    • 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 9x12 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!

, , ,

8 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. :)
    cheryl recently posted..Designer Q&A with Sherri BlumMy Profile

    • 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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