Candy Cane Wrapping Paper Collage

 

Are you looking for a quick, simple, low mess Christmas craft? E made a lovely Candy Cane Wrapping Paper Collage that had her practicing her scissor, gluing, problem solving and fine motor skills while recycling some used wrapping paper – and we ended up putting the finished product on our Christmas tree as an ornament.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

(E was 37 months old.)

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I drew a large candy cane shape on a red sheet of construction paper to get us started.

Can you believe that when I wanted to erase a line, I had to use this tiny candy corn eraser that I’d bought for a Thanksgiving activity because there were literally no other erasers in the house? 😉

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

E got started cutting the red and white wrapping paper into smaller pieces right away.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

I’d provided a small empty bowl in case she wanted to cut several pieces before gluing them on but she preferred to glue each piece as she finished cutting it.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

Some pieces E cut ended up quite small, and she had to figure out how to get them off her fingers and on the paper.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

Other pieces didn’t stick to the paper properly, and E found out how to add more glue to the areas that needed it.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

She thought it was hilarious when the paper stuck to her paintbrush and made sure to show it to me.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

She kept adjusting the amount of glue that went on the pieces of wrapping paper

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

and also experimented with applying glue to the construction paper before sticking the wrapping paper on top.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

When she was done, you could still see the basic shape of the candy cane – she’d definitely been trying to stay between the lines.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

While we let the wrapping paper collage dry a bit, E decided to draw a candy cane for me to cover with wrapping paper 🙂 And of course she used the same eraser I had used earlier!

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

Her finished template:

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

I cut the pieces of wrapping paper and put glue on them, then put them on the paper according to E’s instructions.

By the time she’d had enough, her original candy cane collage had dried enough for me to cut it out for her.

That meant that she had to cut the sheet with my “candy cane”, as well – and she was very amused when she noticed she’d cut a “pizza”. We both had to taste it, of course!

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

The clean up was really short – the biggest “mess” was a spot of glue on the table but I wiped it off easily.

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

E had been saying we needed more ornaments for our Christmas tree, so we hung her candy cane wrapping paper collage on a branch and really liked how it looked. {On the bottom right, you can see the 2013 version we made of our Handprint Snowmen Ornaments.}

 

For Christmas, make a quick, simple, low mess wrapping paper collage shaped like a candy cane!

 

 

 

Additional suggestions:

  • For even less mess, use a glue stick instead of white glue.
  • You can use any kind of paper for the collage, construction paper, tissue paper, even colorful pages from a magazine, whatever you have on hand.
  • If your child is up for it, she can make a pattern with solid colored red and white paper to make it look even more like a candy cane. 
  • And if you don’t have red and white, just be creative – candy canes can be any number of color combinations these days 😉
  • Older kids can draw their own outline, or skip the outline altogether.

 

 

 

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