Beaded Candy Cane Ornament

Part of the joy of the holidays is hanging old and new ornaments on the Christmas tree. For us, ornaments hold memories friends, family, or special events in life. Each year it’s a joy to unpack, unwrap, and hang these ornaments and reminisce what memories they hold. Whether they be store-bought or hand-made, it’s part of the holiday season that is so joyful!

For our last holiday craft, we decided to give the plastic tri-beads candy cane ornament a modern-vintage upgrade! We hope this last craft will inspire you to do more crafting this holiday season. :)

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TIME TO COMPLETE

30 minutes for paint dry time, and approx. 5 minutes to assemble.

MATERIALS & SUPPLIES

  • 13 wooden beads
  • 18 gauge dark annealed wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Pliers
  • Red & white craft paint
  • 2 paint brushes
  • 2 bamboo skewers
  • Ribbon or bakers twine for hanging
  • Scissors

materials

INSTRUCTIONS 

Step 1: 

Take 7 beads and slip them onto a bamboo skewer (these will become your red beads.) Take the other 6 and slip them onto the other skewer (these will be your white beads.)

Paint the beads using the red and white paint. Using the skewers helps manage the beads better while painting.

Once you’re done painting them you can rest the skewer on top of a bowl or vase to allow them to dry.

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Step 2:

Cut a piece of wire approximately 14 inches long. Using your pliers bend one end of the wire into a small loop.

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Step 3:

Thread the dry beads onto the wire, starting with a red bead and then a white. Thread all your remaining beads onto the wire.

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Step 4:

Carefully bend the top half into a curve to make the top of your candy cane.

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Step 5:

Snip off the excess wire about 1/4″ away from the last bead.

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Step 6:

Using your pliers, make the same small loop to hold the beads onto the wire.

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Step 7:

Cut a small piece of ribbon or twine and tie a piece to the top of the candy cane. Now you are ready to hang your ornament on the tree!

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Merry Christmas from Krafty Kath and tinsel + trim!!!!

Day 4: Candy cane glasses

Why settle for plain glasses when you can have custom candy cane glasses to set your table with this Christmas? For Day 4 we found some inexpensive glasses and used etching cream to create a spiral stripe just like a candy cane! Fill them up with strawberry milkshakes, cranberry cocktails (or mock tails) and cheers to the season!

MATERIALS

Materials

INSTRUCTIONS

Step 1:

Begin by cleaning you glass with Windex to remove any fingerprints. Begin at the top of the glass with a strip of painters tape (longer than the height of your glass) angled at approximately 45 degrees. Carefully wrap the tape from the top to the bottom of the glass.

Tape step 1

Step 2:

Wrap the ends of the tape around the rim and bottom of the glass.

Tape step 2

Smooth tape step 2

Step 3:

Smooth out the tape to make sure there isn’t any air bubbles or creases.

Smooth tape step 3

Step 4:

Repeat with another piece of tape, following the edge of the previous tape. The diameter of your glass will depend on how many strips of tape you will use. (Note: It might take a little trial and error to find the most accurate distance in between strips.) Our glass took 4 strips of tape with an approximate 1/4″ in between each strip.

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Step 5:

Once you have all of your tape on your glass lightly clean your glass with Windex again. Make sure it’s completely dry before you begin to applying the etching cream. Be careful not to get too much of the etching cream on your fingers. The bottle is specific about wearing gloves and protective glasses. Oops! We made sure to hold the glass on the tape, not letting it touch our skin too much.

Apply with a wooden stick or a paint brush. Make sure you get good coverage.

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Step 6:

Cover all the areas to be etched and let it sit for one minute.

Etch cream step 6

Step 7:

Rinse off the etching cream in the sink using warm water.

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Step 8:

Once the etching cream is rinsed off you can remove the tape. Some of it might fall off while rinsing and that is ok.

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Step 9:

Wash the glass using dish washing soap to make sure you get all the chemicals off the glass before using. Once washed…fill er up and drink!

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CRANBERRY MOCKTAIL

  • 1 cup cranberry juice
  • 2 Tbsp lime juice
  • Raspberries
  • Ice
  • Lime wedge

Throw a few fresh raspberries in the bottom of your glass. Add lime juice and cranberry juice and stir. Add some ice and garnish with a lime wedge and you have a perfect cranberry mock tail! Drink up!

Glass finished