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Candy cane reindeer

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One of the joys of having young children around during the Christmas season is that we can witness the youthful sparkle of anticipation as the little ones speak excitedly of seeing the Manger and decorating the Christmas tree and being good so they’ll get a visit from Santa Claus.

Children are eager to participate in holiday preparations. These candy cane reindeer are inexpensive and are very simple for even very young children to make, and they love handing them out.


Candy canes (not the miniature ones)
Brown (or other color) chenille stems
Small red pompoms
Tacky glue
Optional: Googly eyes


For each reindeer, an adult should cut one chenille stem in half, then cut one of the halves in half again. (Wire cutters are ideal for this task.)

Take the large piece of chenille stem, and twist it firmly around the hook of the candy can so that it stays in place. Separate the ends so they form a ‘V’.

Take a smaller piece of chenille stem and twist it as tightly as possible around the first side of the ‘V’ to make an antler. Do the same with the second chenille stem.

Glue a red pompom to the tip of the hook. Let dry thoroughly.

If desired, glue googly eyes to the hook between the antlers and the nose and let dry thoroughly.



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