Candy Cane Facts
Let’s look at some candy cane facts before we start with our templates and candy cane craft ideas.
What Is a Candy Cane?
A candy cane is a cane-shaped candy stick.
It is very popular around Christmas and is often associated with Christmastide and Saint Nicholas Day. Traditionally it has peppermint flavor and red and white stripes but comes nowadays in various flavors and colors.
You can simply eat it like candy, use it to stir your hot chocolate, or hang it on your Christmas tree as decoration.
Candy Cane Folklore
The folklore says that candy canes come from Cologne, Germany. Where a choirmaster in 1670 gave the candy sticks to local children during the Living Creche tradition on Christmas Eve. To justify giving out candy he asked the candy maker to add a crook on top. It should remember the children of the shepherd who visited baby Jesus.
Candy Cane History
The first American reference to “sticky candy” dates back to the 1837 exhibition of the Massachusetts Charitable Mechanic Association. In 1844 the first recipe for a straight peppermint candy stick was published. The first Candy Canes were hung on a Christmas Tree in 1882.
I found these candy cane facts in the following post. Have a look there if you like to learn more about candy canes.
Candy Cane Books for Kids
Free Candy Cane Template Printables
Candy Cane Cutout Materials
7 Easy Candy Cane Craft Template Ideas
1. Candy Cane Coloring Pages
2. Candy Cane Stencils
3. DIY Candy Cane Card
Christmas cards do not always have to have a Christmas tree on them. How about switching things up a little bit this year and decorating your Christmas card this year with your Candy Cane Craft Templates?
Print the medium or even small-sized candy cane craft templates, cut and decorate them nicely. Then you take green card paper, fold it to your card and glue your craft candy cane in the center of the first page.
It is really super simple but makes such a great preschooler candy cane craft project.
4. Cotton Ball Candy Canes
Another great option to work with your candy cane template is to make a candy cane craft for preschoolers.
Print out for each student a large candy cane picture and let them color every other strip red. For the white part prepare cotton balls or even white pom poms for them and let them glue them to their candy cane art project.
5. Candy Cane Garland
After all your students are done crafting, let them cut out their finished candy cane projects. Then attach them to a string either with clear tape or make holes at the top. After they are all tight together you can hang them up now to decorate your classroom, entrance hall, or living room.
In case you like to work with real candy canes instead, you can also tighten them to a string with some nodes and have a really candy cane garland instead!
6. Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
Instead of working with our Christmas candy cane printables you can also use a pipe cleaner and large wooden beads to form your own toy candy cane sticks.
Make sure the beads are large enough to fit your pipe cleaners through. You can use red and white beads for your candy cane pattern but can also switch it up and be creative!
Last I like to show you how you can craft with real candy canes. All you need is 2 candy sticks, 1 brown pipe cleaner, and googly eyes to create a reindeer. Follow the steps in the link above and check out this great preschool candy cane craft project with real candy sticks.