Beaded Candy Cane Ornaments for Kids

“Happiness is a box of candy canes,” or so said a child I used to teach in kindergarten.

Today’s candy cane craft is great for improving fine motor skills and ties in with patterning lessons in the classroom. Enjoy!

Beaded Candy Canes


Ages: 4+ (with adult supervision)

Time: 10 minutes

Materials Needed:

  • White pipe cleaner
  • Red and white beads
  • Glue
  • Scissors


  1. Hold the pipe cleaner about 2/3rds of the way from one end. Using the longest end, make a loop around your finger and then twist the pipe cleaner together at the base of the loop to form a circle.
  2. Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner into the shape of a candy cane.
  3. Slide the beads onto the pipe cleaner, alternating the red and white to make a candy cane pattern.
  4. When you get close to the end of the pipe cleaner, run a thin line of glue around the pipe cleaner where the last bead will be placed. Slide the bead on over the glue.
  5. If there is any pipe cleaner left showing, either trim it off or fold the sharp edge down, tucking it into the last bead.
  6. After the glue has tried and the end beads are secure, hang the candy cane ornament on the tree.

Did you make a Beaded Candy Cane? Share your beautiful ornament with us by posting a picture on our Facebook page! Merry Christmas!