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Dress Up a Candy Cane — plus bonus!

21 December 2010 16,421 views 16 Comments

by Care

Need a super fast, cute gift for your child to give all his school buddies?  Can you guess the source of these cute candy cane holders?  You'll never guess -- and you will love the price!  You can make 27 of them for a BUCK!  I've been looking at this source for weeks, wondering just what could be done with them, and I've got it -- this and one other fun holiday decoration project!

Project Estimate:

  • Christmas playing cards, $1
  • glue stick, on hand
  • candy canes, 12/$1

Total per candy cane and holder:  11 cents!!SO easy -- your child can make them himself!  Dab a little glue on either side (in my example it was just on the hands), stick 'em together, and wait for them to dry...


...then add the candy canes.  Done!

Bonus project idea:  I absolutely ADORE these gingerbread men, and just HAD to sew a bunch together to create a garland.  Wouldn't they be a cute, CHEAP way to dress up a school bulletin board?  Or decorate for your gingerbread house-making party?  LOVE it!!

What else would YOU make from these Christmas playing cards??

Caroline Sanchez (Care) has been sewing since her mom taught her the basics at around six years old.  She has always been driven to CREATE, even from a very young age.  She is mommy to two little boys and one little girl, and almost every spare moment she has is spent in her sewing room or working on her blog, Obsessively Stitching.

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  • HollowSquirrel said:

    Very creative and cute! Well done!

  • Angela D said:

    Cute idea with the candy canes, and I love the gingerbread garland. I wish I had seen this last week. Friday we had a gingerbread man (and woman) decorating party with some of our friends. I got some very cute gingerbread things from $Tree, but didn’t see the cards :( Anyway, the kids still had a blast, but I’m getting some of these clearance for next year’s party.

  • rowena___. said:

    FANTASTIC!!! i’m thinking these would make cute place cards for the dinner table, or even gift cards on packages.

  • Cammie said:

    I’m off the the dollar store now! What else is there to do in 6 inches of snow?

  • heather said:

    Great idea, Care!! So cute! They also have some pretty cute die-cut Christmas tags that are about 3″ tall — 50 for $1 — that would work. Like you, I was tempted to sew mine into a garland too. :)

    Thanks for the great idea!

  • Care (author) said:

    Forgot to mention — the gingerbread men were at JoAnn’s! And those snowmen were at my local grocery. The others were the dollar store — and there were a few more options, too!

  • staci golden said:

    I love this!! I would have NEVER thought to use playing cards. Brilliant!!

  • Michelle said:

    Great idea! Love it.

  • Miss Muffin said:


  • diy-day.com said:

    Nice giveaway. You could also, I think, hang these card-canes directly on your tree, or use them to deck (pun intended) your wreath…

  • Vanessa @Pre-K Pages said:

    Thanks for posting this great idea! As a teacher I use the seasonal playing cards @ the $Tree in my classroom. I have also found them at the Target $Spot. I usually use the cards to create “subitizing” activities for my 4 & 5 yo students. You can see an example of one here using leaf cards: http://www.pre-kpages.com/images/leaf_cookie.jpg You attach sticky magnets on the back of the cards, then arrange the cards on the tray as they would appear on a die. You flash the tray at the students and they have to immediately identify how many cards are shown by holding up the corresponding number of fingers. Changing the cards for each season or holiday makes this activity more fun.

  • Manda said:

    Add a sharpie and you have some great gift tags! Awesome Care.

  • TidyMom said:

    WAY too cute Heather!!! I shared on my FB page too!

  • Jeri said:

    You could hot glue a small clothespin on the back and deck the halls!

    Glue 2 cards together, add a ornament hanger and you have decorations the kids can put up.

  • Tonya said:

    Thanks for this! I thought my $$ store didn’t have these but I found a box, luckily! We ended up putting the cards around Christmas pencils. Great idea!

  • Shari @For the Little Doll In Your Life said:

    What a clever idea! I wish I had seen this BEFORE Christmas. Like you, I’ve previously considered these kinds of cards pretty useless, but now I’ll be on the lookout for them. They would be cute as little party favors or to put at everyone’s place at the table. Do they have them for Valentine’s Day? That would be awesome!