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Pipe-Cleaner Candy Cane Ornament

Learn how to make candy-cane ornaments out of pipe cleaners.


  • 5 1/2-inch-long red and white pipe cleaners
  • Scissors
  • Green pipe cleaner
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glass beads (optional)
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Small ornament (optional)


  1. Step 1


    Twist together 5 1/2-inch red and white pipe cleaners (also called chenille stems).

  2. Step 2

    Make sure the stripes of the combined red-and-white stem are neatly spaced.

  3. Step 3

    Curl the top into a hook. Bend a 3-inch length of green pipe cleaner at 1/2-inch intervals to shape a holly leaf. Hot-glue the leaf ini place, then hot-glue on a cluster of glass beads for berries, or tie on a ribbon threaded with a small ornament.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2000