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Candy Cane Reindeer

Turning a plain candy cane into a cute reindeer is a simple Good Thing to get you and your family in the holiday spirit.




  • Reindeer template
  • Candy cane
  • Brown felt
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Nontoxic glue
  • Brown or red craft pom-pom
  • Black felt
  • Hole punch
  • Rustic floral wire


  1. Step 1

    Download and print reindeer template. Place template on brown felt and trace face and ears; cut them out.

  2. Step 2

    Apply face and ears to candy cane using nontoxic glue. Attach craft pom-pom for the nose using nontoxic glue. If making a Rudolph candy cane, use a red pom-pom; otherwise, use brown.

  3. Step 3

    Make eyes by punching two dots out of black felt using a hole punch. Glue black dots to face. Let dry for 15 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Twist rustic floral wire to make antlers. Attach antlers by twisting around top of candy cane. Twist one small piece onto each side of the main antlers to make branches.

The Martha Stewart Show, December 2007



Reviews (22)

  • wyomom 5 Dec, 2011

    The kindergarteners just made these and loved it! We started by having glue dots on the felt (already cut out) for the nose and googly eyes. We also had glue strips on the candy cane for easy assembly. Sparkly red poms for the noses and gold pipe cleaners for the antlers. Adorable!

  • thatgirlblogs 18 Dec, 2010

    super cute

  • Chelles 11 Jan, 2009

    Try to right-click on the template link and tell it to "Save Target As" and save it to your hard drive. Then print it from there. I have to do that every now and then with some pdf files. Plus, then you'll have it for later without having to search it out again.

  • gejaok 27 Dec, 2008

    I tried 4 times to download the template. I do have Adobe on the computer. What am I doing wrong?

  • jfreeman 24 Dec, 2008

    i clicked on print and the template popped up. jean

  • BEARSJUSTB-CLAWS 24 Dec, 2008

    Very Cute. Great idea for a craft show. Merry Christmas.

  • donnadoo 22 Dec, 2007

    I made up these little fellows but I added a red bow with a gold bell and I glued the bow and bell between the ears. So cute. You could do a blue bow for a boy and a pink bow for girls. I mainly used red or burgandy but I did do the blue and pink bows for my grandchildren.

  • 1craftygirl 14 Dec, 2007

    I made these last night with my 8 and 3 yr old kids. They got a bit frustrated that the stuff kept falling off the faces and I didn't want them burning themselves with hot glue. So we decided it worked better to add all face parts while they layed flat. Once dry, we added the faces to the candy canes. Also, red pom-poms are hard to find in stock right now, so we substituted small jingle bells for the noses.

  • mandamade 12 Dec, 2007

    the template is working today.
    this looks like a lot of fun. may do this for a work treat.

  • bmpastir 8 Dec, 2007

    I loved this craft, however I was unable to find the rustic floral wire for the antlers so I used tan coloured pipe cleaners instead and loved the result. This is a perfect craft for children and since my daughter teaches grade 2 -3 I intend to help her do this with her class.

  • mariawolf 8 Dec, 2007

    Gave up. Made my own template. Rudolph with brown felt

  • angwilkins 7 Dec, 2007

    I have been trying for days to download the template and have been unsuccessful. Any suggestions?

  • chenryh 5 Dec, 2007

    Just read the directions for your deer more carefully. I have always used pipe cleaners. If you use 2 different colors (ex: gold brown), you can twist them tightly to add depth. Each deer needs 1 (or 2 twisted) pipe cleaner; cut it in half, then cut 1 half in half again. You attach the long piece about the cane and then u-shape the 2 other pieces and attach them at ends of the long piece.

  • chenryh 5 Dec, 2007

    I've been making candy-cane reindeer for years, but a bit differently. I just (tacky) glue jiggly eyes and a pom-pom nose directly on the candy cane, then add a ribbon bow with bell(s) about on neck about 1" down from nose, and then attach reindeer antlers at top crook of candy cane.
    But this pattern will help me add variety to the herd. (I always take them in to work and post an "Adopt a Deer" sign to find them good home.)

  • mld 5 Dec, 2007

    Without a picture, is the cut out being glued over the curve of the candy cane? Thanks.

  • mld 5 Dec, 2007

    I missed the show for the Candy Cane Rreindeer - please provide picture. Thanks.

  • JenYudow 5 Dec, 2007

    I really want to make this craft > I looked fun and easy on TV. Can you please include a picture?

  • LeeAnne 5 Dec, 2007

    This is such a good idea,children will love it.

  • wendelj 4 Dec, 2007

    I found natural bark wire at

  • yveline 4 Dec, 2007

    you could use pipe cleaners!

  • christyusafwife 4 Dec, 2007

    where do you buy rustic floral wire?

  • mariawolf 4 Dec, 2007

    I am having a terrible time obtaining the templates for the Riendeer Candy Canes