It doesn’t get much simpler or more fun than these beaded candy canes! These candy canes are great for the Christmas tree or as little homemade gifts.

My 5-year-old asked to do crafts this afternoon and because it’s almost Christmas she decided to make some beaded candy canes. She originally made them a year ago while at preschool so she was excited to show me and her little sister how to make them.

This is a great activity for kids of all ages. Miss three could easily join in and I even had fun beading today.

Beaded Candy Canes

You Will Need:

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Assorted beads
  • Scissors


  1. Cut a pipe cleaner to the desired length. It is possible to make them the same length as a pipe cleaner, however, the candy cane could get a bit floppy. We did half lengths and mini candy canes.
  2. Bend the pipe cleaner into a candy cane shape. This can also be done after if preferred.
  3. Put beads on the pipe cleaner. Stick to traditional red and white or mix it up like we did and have some fun! If your beads are loose then bend the ends of the pipe cleaner so the beads can’t fall off.





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