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Free Printable Candy Cane Templates and Coloring Pages

Our free printable Candy Cane Template Printable Outlines come in small, medium, and large. They are perfect for any type of winter and Christmas art and crafts and decoration projects.

Let’s dive right in and get inspired by our free candy cane printables and craft ideas!

free printable candy cane templates

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.

Free Candy Cane Template Printables

Our candy cane outlines come in three different sizes (small, medium, and large) and with candy cane coloring sheets.

They are especially popular during winter and Christmas. We use them for all kinds of Winter art and craft projects or Christmas decorations. Below you can find several candy cane craft ideas. Do not forget to check them out!

You will see our free candy cane template printables can be used in many different ways and opportunities. They are great for crafting at home, in a classroom, or in any other group setting.

But before we get started with all these fun candy cane craft template ideas, let’s have a look at what we will need for our cane craft projects. Here is a list of supplies you will need for our templates of candy canes.

Candy Cane Cutout Materials

  • Free Printable Candy Cane Cut Out Templates (found below)
  • Scissor
  • Paper
  • Crayons, Markers, Colored Pencils, Water Colors
  • Glue
  • Pom Poms or Cotton Balls
  • Glitter and Sparkle

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7 Easy Candy Cane Craft Template Ideas

It is always nice to get an idea of how to use our candy cane outlines or see other related activities. I hope the following candy cane craft ideas will inspire you. Therefore here are 7 Simple Candy Cane Crafts Activities to keep you and your children entertained during winter:

  1. Candy Cane Coloring Pages
  2. Candy Cane Stencils
  3. DIY Candy Cane Card
  4. Cotton Ball Candy Canes
  5. Candy Cane Garland
  6. Pipe Cleaner Candy Canes
  7. Candy Cane Reindeer

1. Candy Cane Coloring Pages

The easiest way of using our templates is as simple candy cane coloring sheets. Take our large candy cane outline printable and turn it into an easy candy coloring page.

The larger the picture of a candy cane, the easier smaller children can stay in the lines. In case you have older children just use the smaller candy cane printables to make it more challenging.

But if you are tired of just coloring the candy canes, you could also try one of these 25 Fun Painting Ideas for kids. Take a look at the full list and get inspired!

free printable candy cane coloring pages

2. Candy Cane Stencils

Using our candy cane printouts as stencils is also an easy way to make an adorable candy cane winter craft. I recommend using the smaller or medium-sized candy cane outlines to repurpose them into candy cane stencils.

Our most loved painting technique for stencils is using an old toothbrush. With the help of watercolors, you can create beautiful candy cane artwork.

You can find the full instructions and complete Toothbrush Technique Guide here. Enjoy!

free printable candy cane craft templates

Did you enjoy our candy cane template printables? Then try our popular Penguin Printables, Snowflake Coloring Pages, Mitten Craft, Christmas Tree Art, or Crystal Snowflake Ornament next.

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!

7. Candy Cane Reindeer

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.

reindeer candy cane treat

You loved crafting with our easy candy cane templates but like to learn now how to draw a candy cane yourself? Then go check out this fun candy cane art tutorial with your kids next.

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Now it is your turn.
How did your kids enjoy their candy cane printable outlines? Which was your favorite candy cane activity?
Either way, let me know by leaving a comment below right now.
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