Candy Cane Mice
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Suitable for ages 3 - 12
I am so excited to be sharing this craft with you today! My family has been making Candy Cane Mice for as long as I can remember and it’s a tradition that I have continued on with my boys. We make these every year to hang on our tree and they are just too cute!
If you’re looking for a simple but fun idea for gifts for school friends – look no further! These mice are pretty easy to mass produce and kids just love them!
I love how easy they are to make and they don’t require a lot of materials either. If you don’t have the supplies I’ve listed here – just improvise! You can use felt or foam for the eyes and nose to make this project even simpler. Just remember that if you want to use craft glue that you will need to allow drying time for hanging on the tree of gift-giving. Hot glue is fast but does require adult supervision (I’m not brave enough to let me boys use it yet)
Various colored felt or foam (body and ears)
small pom poms (nose)
Wonka® Spree® Candy Canes
Wonka® SweeTARTS® Candy Canes
Wonka® Gobstopper® Candy Canes
hot glue or craft glue
For each mouse you will need to cut out four shapes:
- 1 teardrop for the body
- 1 elongated “8” for the ears
- 2 circles for the inside of the ears
I draw the shapes out and create templates for the boys…which they promptly disregard and try to cut them out themselves. Let’s just say that our mice have lots of curves ;) But really, you want each mouse to look unique so different sizes and shapes are great!
Next you will fold the body in half and cut two small slits about two-thirds down. It’s really important that you use sharp scissors when cutting felt to get a nice clean cut. Fold the tip of the teardrop, the nose, back to the slits you just cut and cut two more along the fold. This will be where the ears go.
The green Popsicle stick is where the candy cane will eventually slide in and the yellow Popsicle stick is where you slide the ears through. Once you have the ears through the hole that was created by the two slits, glue on the inner ears.
Now it’s time to glue on the eyes and nose. If you are using craft glue be prepared to wait while it dries. Hot glue is the fastest but requires adult supervision. Finally it’s time to slide the candy cane in. Pull the back of the ears upwards to create a loop for the candy cane to slide through. Turn the mouse over and pull on the ears to create a snug fit.
And there you have it – Candy Cane Mice!
I think we ended up with close to two dozen mice when all was said and done. It gets a little addicting and with all the fun colors from the Wonka® Candy Canes it’s hard to resist coming up with new, coordinating colors for each mouse. Now you can either hang them on your tree or hand them out to friends! They make the perfect little gift for friends!
The Candy Cane Mice were created by blogger, Trish Rosenquist. To learn more about Trish, visit her blog at Mom On Timeout