Candy Cane Reindeer

candy cane reindeer
from the Canadian Living Christmas Idea Book, 1986

These little guys are just so darned cute! I make a bunch almost every year for stocking stuffers, gift toppers, and hey, just because I can. They take no time at all and are super-duper simple. I made a big bunch in under an hour the other day, and that included the time it took to get everything together and find the camera. (I have camera gremlins. They're kinda like missing sock gremlins.)

candy cane reindeer supplies

candy canes * pipe cleaners * pom poms * googley eyes * glue gun * and glue!

candy cane reindeer how to numbered

How to:
1. Twist & bend the pipe cleaner to make antlers.
2. Glue on the googley eyes.
3. Glue on the pom pom nose.

And you're done!

I discovered a new way to make the antlers this year.

candy cane reindeer spiral antler how to

1. Wrap the pipe cleaner.
2. Stretch the pipe cleaner.
3. Twist the pipe cleaner!

Once you've got the basics down pat, you can make all kinds of fun reindeer creatures.

candy cane reindeer pink & green

Pretty in pink reindeer...

candy cane reindeer twisty antlers

Double the antlers for double the fun...

candy cane reindeer albino twins

Albino reindeer...

cyclops candy cane reindeer

A cyclops reindeer...

candy cane reindeer cyclops

...and many cyclopes reindeer!

They're tied for my most-favorite-candy-cane-reindeer-ever with...

rainbow candy cane reindeer 2

...rainbow reindeer!

candy cane reindeer rainbow

Next on the list...rainbow cyclopes!

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  1. Haha! I had forgotten about these! We used to make these a long time ago. I only bought mini candy canes this year. And they are almost all gone now. Hopefully I'll remember next year. I don't think you ever outgrow candy cane reindeer!
    Thanks for the reminder. :)

  2. These make me laugh! Love the rainbow colors :)
    Thanks SO much for linking up to the Winter Wonderland party!! I had to share these right away on my facebook page, too!


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