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Project

Candy Cane Mice

It's the kids who will be doing the nibbling when these sweet mice are around.

Introduction

These tiny fabric creatures with their red-and-white-striped tails make fitting favors at a holiday dinner or delightful gifts for children to give to friends and relatives.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    On a photocopier, enlarge Candy Cane Mice template by 150 percent; cut out.

  2. Step 2

    With a pencil, trace ears and body onto felt; cut out.

  3. Step 3

    Cut inner ears and a dot for a nose from felt in a contrasting color, cut dots for eyes from black. Glue the face and inner ears in place.

  4. Step 4

    Make slits in body for ears and candy-cane tail where marked; to make cutting easier, fold felt across center of slits, and snip. Slip ears through slits at front; then slide wrapped candy cane through body slits, tucking the end underneath the ear piece at the back.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Holiday 2003

Reviews (18)

  • simba 12 Dec, 2012

    I will make these mice and arrange them around a home made cheesecake!

  • Steffy Watson 3 Dec, 2012

    Wow! These are so cute. I am thinking of giving them away as favors for my child’s garden party.

  • Geckopaws 24 Oct, 2012

    How adorable I will always keep these, little critters on thought!
    You did great on these mice I just LOVE them, and my 3 year old twins will love them too!
    One boy and one girl in the twin group!
    Your a blessing,
    Your fan,
    Hannah Smith :D

  • Lseejax 16 Sep, 2012

    I've made these for years--always a BIG hit! On different years, I combined the use of felt and fabric in colors to match collegiate and NFL themes. I made University of Florida Gator-mice (using Gator print fabric) and Jacksonville Jaguars 'Christ-mice' using animal print fabric for the ears or inner ears, with felt in the team colors for the bodies and outer ears.This can be done for school, or other groups in their colors/themes, too.

  • UPage 9 Dec, 2011

    I made these last year as gifts and everyone just loved them.

    But best of all there were easy and fast to make.

    Enjoy.

  • Mermaidista 7 Dec, 2011

    Too cute to not make for the Holidays! I made 17 of these cuties for my son's preschool class. I used 5mm pom poms for the noses instead of felt and 7mm googly eyes. To keep it simple for me, I used blue felt for boys and red for girls and all the mice had green inner ears. Love the way they came out. I will post a link soon with pictures! VERY easy to do, just tedious with the tracing and cutting! I used Martha's precision scissors-worked perfect!

  • F_deleon 21 Nov, 2011

    Finish making one, haven't added the candy cane. I didn't use felt, I used foam sheets I had laying around. I didn't cut out dots for the eyes or the nose, instead I used a sharpie to make the eyes and nose. I think my nephews and nieces will like the new crafts I made for them. Thanks for the idea Martha.

  • Muzcreations 25 Oct, 2011

    WE LOVE FELT... Please have a look at my new Seasonal decorations (Xmas)
    www.flickr.com/photos/muzmuz
    x

  • kamimono 15 Dec, 2010

    So cute! I will have to make several of these to give away to my family and unexpected guests.

  • SweetMormor 13 Dec, 2010

    Made enough for everyone at the Christmas table this year - the grandsons will love them! I had no trouble with template size. They came thro small on the printer after downloading the pattern. I enlarged them using my home copier and set it to enlarge 150% - came out just perfect. Next to one of the mouse ears I added a little cut felt holly leaf and a couple of felt "berries" made by using my paper [filtered word] punch on the felt! They look sweet!

  • janbear 12 Dec, 2010

    We really enjoy making these, and have for many years. We only make ONE slit for the ears to slide through and when you turn the mouse over, we use the band of the ears to slide the candy cane though to make the tail. This way you have only ONE slit and you don't see the cane showing on his back. We tape the cane in place on back side. We also use embroidery thread and make whiskers using a black tiny pom pom for a nose, which holds the whiskers in place when we glue it on.

  • regina_e 7 Dec, 2010

    I copied and pasted into Microsoft Word. In Word you can easily adjust the size to 150%.

  • busylittlehands 2 Dec, 2010

    When the template opened in my Adobe Reader Program it was already blown up to a 164%. You just need to adjust your image % in your reader program or on your printer settings. No need to go to the copy store.

    I think this will be a weekend project for my daughters and me this weekend. Just printed the template and will be scrounging up some fun felts. She is the snack kid for the coming week and this will be PERFECT for her and her little Preschool Friends.

  • busylittlehands 2 Dec, 2010

    When the template opened in my Adobe Reader Program it was already blown up to a 164%. You just need to adjust your image % in your reader program or on your printer settings. No need to go to the copy store.

    I think this will be a weekend project for my daughters and me this weekend. Just printed the template and will be scrounging up some fun felts. She is the snack kid for the coming week and this will be PERFECT for her and her little Preschool Friends.

  • Magpie2be 2 Dec, 2010

    Ok, has the template been enlarged already? It looks pretty big once your print?

  • rock63roll64 1 Dec, 2010

    THIS IS SOOOOOO CUTE!!! THANKS!! MY GRANDKIDS WILL HAVE FUN MAKING THESE! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

  • Tammy_S 27 Nov, 2010

    You can print to your printer and enlarge 150% in your printer settings and get the same result. All printers are different, however, once you select "print" you should be able to go into page settings and select to enlarge before sending to printer.

  • ChrisTexas 26 Nov, 2010

    I don't understand why marthastewart.com doesn't just make the template the correct size (they recommend increasing 150% on a photocopier). It would still have fit easily on a standard size paper (8 1/2 x 11). Would save us a trip to the photocopy place!