Monday, November 24, 2014

Hobo Candy Cane Tutorial

Hello there!   Good ol' Monday is here again!  It is my day here on the RRR blog.   I thought I would share what I call "hobo" candy canes.   I was laying in bed a couple of weeks ago...not able to sleep. - which is a typical occurrence for me.  All of the sudden it dawned on me that I had to try using the 2 1/2 inch cotton blend ribbon with my pipe cleaners to create some shabby candy canes.  I kid you not.  That is how my brain works.  Anyway, the next day I ripped up my ribbons into narrower strips and tried winding them with the pipe cleaner.  I really thought they turned out cute.  Shabby and ragamuffinish (I know, not a real word).  So I decided to call them hobo candy canes.  I love how the threads are everywhere, lots of texture, and very imperfect.

I thought I would share a little step by step with you.  Gather your supplies up.   I also gathered up some little doodads to fancy them up a bit.  I actually tea stained my pipe cleaners for a more aged and prim look before I assembled.  Once you have everything, just gather your red and white stems and cut them in half for smaller to medium candy canes.  Than just simply add a dab of hot glue to one end and wrap your torn ribbon around the white stems.  I loosely wrapped because I wanted to still see a bit of the pipe cleaner.  Then from there, just wrap that stem around your red.  Once you are done shape into your candy cane shape.

As you can see I made quite a few and glittered some up.  Another one I simply gussied up with some lipstick red seam binding, a snowflake, and a faux berry.  I am going to add a bunch to a Christmas bowl this year for decoration.  I also shared a pic of some that I added to a Christmas scrap book cover.   They would also look adorable tied to packages or on the tree all over!   I am thinking I might try another ribbon next time....maybe a lace of some sort.  

Well hope you enjoy!  hugs, Cherry



  2. Yes the best ideas come when we try to relax...these are wonderful.


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