Friday, December 2, 2011

It’s ornament crafting time for kids…and adults—Candy cane stick horse

These quick and easy ornaments are easily crafted with a few supplies and some candy canes.  Why not have some fun crafting with your kids today?  And be sure to visit Crystal Clear soon—because there is more to come!

Stick Horse candy cane ornament

You will need:

Sparkle foam (not sticky backed) available at craft stores or online


Tacky craft glue (I used Aleene’s quick grab)

Scraps of gold braid or ribbon, rhinestone

Wiggle eyes


Candy Canes

1.     Trace the horse head pattern and cut out two from sparkle foam. Hint:  It’s easy to trace the pattern on a piece of scrap cardboard from a cereal box and use it for tracing on the foam.   Make sure when you are cutting the pieces that you turn over the second pattern piece so that you have two pieces that line up together with the sparkle facing to the outside.

2.     Cut a 6-inch piece of thin ribbon or cord, form into a loop and glue to the top                        of the inside (non-sparkle side) of one horse head.

3.     Working on the same piece draw a thin line of glue around the entire inside edge leaving the bottom edge un-glued.  Attach the other head and secure with a clothespin till dry.  Make sure that both sides of the head are sparkle side facing out.  Trim any uneven edges.

4.     Decorate the horse.  Cut a piece of gold braid or ribbon 1 inch and another 2 and ¾ inches.  Glue the short piece across the muzzle and the longer piece across the head up the neck.  See photo for placement.  Glue a rhinestone where the two pieces meet.   Glue on a wiggle eye.  Let all glue dry completely.

5.     When placing the candy cane in the horse head, insert the crook of the cane in a horizontal position placing your finger in the head guide the cane to gradually straighten so as not to break the cane. 

Click on the pattern photo and print full size


Anonymous said...

this is so very cute,,

Valerie-Jael said...

This is a great idea! Valerie

Lee Pierce said...

I remember making these - a long time ago...should be much more fun with new craft supplies :D Thanks, Crystal!

Magic Love Crow said...

Thanks so much Crystal! You know, I don't have kids, but I do many of your crafty projects! They are great!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

On Crystal these are so much fun! One year (30 yrs ago) I did an entire tree with these. Red felt for the bodies, white fringe for the mane, gold zig zag for the bridles and glue on eyes. And of course the candy canes. So much fun and the tree was wonderful. I used them for a number of years.

Thanks for bringing back such wonderful memories!

Daniella said...

I love when you make the childrens crafts!!
This is soooo cute!!

maddyrose said...

These are so cute. I'm going to put them on my list for next year. I've been working on ornaments for a couple of weeks now and need to move on to baking. Your really are clever coming up with so many great ideas. Hugs

Liz Revit said...

Crystal, you always make the coolest crafts!

beauty said...

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Anonymous said...

love this! perfect for the year of the horse!

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