12.13.2011

Homemade/Handmade: Oh-so-easy Beaded Candy Canes


Our Christmas tree, a simple cedar tree harvested from our own land,
its long, airy, uplifted branches like outstretched angel's wings,
is simply adorned with white twinkling lights and homemade/handmade beaded candy canes Melissa, my youngest daughter, has made through the years.
She has over 60 beaded candy canes in all sorts of colors and designs
in her collection she joyfully shares with us,
and though a young adult now, she still enjoys making more each year.
It all began with a tea party she attended when she was a young child...
...where the children dressed up, drank hot tea and..
...the sweet homeschool mother used this book and the candy cane...
...to teach the children...
...the true meaning of Christmas.
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How to Make Oh-so-Easy Beaded Candy Canes:

Supplies Needed:
  • Chenille stems ~ aka pipe cleaners ~ cut in 6" lengths We buy ours in 12" lengths to make it even easier.
  • 11mm Tri-Beads ~ all different colors are fun

...we still use the old American Girl tin to store our beads...
...and 101 Dalmatian plate to organize while we create...
...these are always stored together...
 Begin by cutting chenille stems in 6" lengths..
...thread one bead and turn down the end of the chenille stem over the edge of the bead...
...this locks the bead on the stem without the need for glue...
 ...thread beads on stem...
...use your imagination...
 ...turn the chenille stem edge down over the last bead...
...then twist into a candy cane shape...
 ...and hang...
 A small child as well as an older adult will enjoy making this simple craft that turns out very pretty to may be a reminder of the candy cane's special meaning.
~Lisa

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2 comments:

  1. What a lovely, lovely tradition!

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  2. Mama Pea ~ Aren't traditions wonderful, no matter how old or young we are, particularly at Christmastime. Thank you for stopping by today!

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