The Christmas department of my local Myer inspired me on Friday. There were a bunch of handmade-looking decorations – that really were not handmade at all!
Of course I thought: I could make some like that!
So with that in mind, this morning I dug out a few things and created a tutorial for you, my lovely readers, so that you too can have handmade tree decorations this year.
What you will need:
- pipe cleaners – I used 3 because that’s all I could find!
- wool – I used red
- small buttons – mine are clear business shirt buttons
- needle and thread to sew the buttons on – or you could use a hot glue gun
- wool needle – again you could use a hot glue gun instead
What to do:
- Decide how big you want your candy cane and trim your pipe cleaners. Mine is about 15cm long, and I used three pipe cleaners twisted together to give it greater thickness.
- Lay the end of your wool along the pipe cleaner for about 3 cm, then start wrapping the wool around the “cane” gradually covering the loose end and holding it in place.
- Continue wrapping your wool all the way to the other end.
- Use a wool needle to tuck the loose end in, or a hot glue gun to finish the end neatly.
- Glue or stitch little buttons randomly over the candy cane.
- If you want it to hang, add a piece of wool as the hanger.
Here’s a picture of my inspiration:
- For sparkle, use sequins instead of buttons
- For a smooth finish, use satin ribbon instead of wool
- Choose colours to coordinate with your other tree decorations or your Christmas colour scheme
- Wrap ribbon or contrasting wool over the top of your wool to create a stripy look
- Skip the hanging thread and use a few in a bowl as a table decoration
- Attach to gifts with gift tags
- Use variegated wool to create colourful canes
- Fluffy wool would create an interesting texture too!