Welcome back to my 5 Days of Construction Paper Christmas crafting! I hope you had fun with your pretty winter tree paper art project yesterday. Today we are on Day 2 – get that Christmas music back on and get ready to make a …. (is the suspense getting to you)
Ripped paper candy cane craft!
Woohoo! This Christmas craft is nice and easy and PERFECT for even the littlest of crafters to join in with.
These mosaics can turn out so beautiful! You can cut the candy cane out afterwards and hang it from ribbon on the fireplace mantle or above a bedroom doorway.
I am going to continue my plan that I shared yesterday — being entirely easy going and open to the (very real) possibility that one or more of my children might decide to take this craft in a different direction. Should this beautiful candy cane mosaic be turned on it’s side and slightly adjusted to become a candy cane pistol, I solemnly vow to simply smile and remember that the memories are what I am choosing to treasure.
For this candy cane paper craft your will need red and green construction paper cut into strips. I suggest doing this one colour at a time so you end up with a pile full of red construction paper pieces and then a pile full of green construction paper pieces.
Rip up all of the red strips with your children into small squares. My kids like to call this confetti. This is great for strengthening little hands and ideal for even very young toddlers to help with. Once all the red strips have been ripped up into small pieces, put them aside and do the green strips.
Now take a piece of blank construction paper and draw on a simple candy cane shape, splitting the candy cane with some stripes. Make sure each section of the candy cane is a good size.
Next, add some glue (I found glue sticks work perfectly) to the first section of the candy cane and cover that with the red ripped pieces of paper. Add more glue over top of the construction paper and keep adding the red ripped pieces until the whole section is covered. Have some wet washcloths handy to get glue off little fingers.
Once that first section is covered, do this again to the second section but use the green bits of paper.
Keep going, alternating back and forth between your red and green bits of ripped construction paper until your whole candy cane if filled in.
Once this is dry, if you have some little ones who really loved this activity, flip your paper over and do this to the BACK of the paper as well, matching the shape and the colours. This way, should you choose to cut your candy cane out and hang it somewhere, it will be beautifully coloured with the construction paper on both sides.
You can cut this candy cane out and pop it on a wall or a bedroom door or you can hang it from the ceiling with a ribbon. This also makes a lovely gift if you wanted to pop it by a loved one’s porch.
And don’t worry one little bit if you have ripped construction paper confetti all over the floor. It turns out most young children LOVE to try out the vacuum hose!
There you have it my friend. Your construction paper Christmas craft number TWO! What do you think? I hope you and yours love it.
Construction Paper Christmas Crafting SURPRISE! I have decided to add in a fun surprise bonus! I have figured out how to allow photos in the comments section below. When you do this craft with your little ones, snap a picture and share it with us in the comments below! We will build our community and not feel so isolated. No picture? No problem! Just leave a comment telling me you DID IT!
AND you will be entered to win my brand new resource: my 52 page Handwriting Workbook for leaving your photo!
I will be back tomorrow with our third project! See you then my sweet friend,