A Candy Cane Round Up for National Candy Cane Day

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December 26 is National Candy Cane Day. I shouldn’t be surprised that there is such a thing as National Candy Cane Day, but I am.

I devoured candy canes when I was younger and got so excited when I was given one attached to a card from friends. I’d suck on those things all winter break long, trying to see how long and sharp of a point I could make the end. However, I’m not in love with eating candy canes like I was when I was a kid. Up until this year, when the boys are discovering their love of candy canes, I’ve always stored them in a box to be put on the tree the next year or I’ve thrown them out.

My original intent for this post was to share ways of using up leftover candy canes that weren’t recipes. But that was hard. And I found a few fun  candy cane crafts that took me back to my childhood. So I decided to make a roundup of a little bit of everything.

Candy Cane Crafts Experiments and Recipes via

The Candy Cane Name Ornament from Fun-A-Day is on my to-do list to do with the boys next year. I have something similar hanging on our tree that I made when I was in preschool and seeing this made me think of the day I made mine!

I also love the old-school-ness of the candy cane reindeer. I had no idea they were a Girl Scout craft; but maybe that’s why I received a few from my fellow Girl Scout friends growing up. B & B Build a Life has a great tutorial on how to make them.

Rudolph Treats via

Creative Me Inspired You has a great tutorial on how to make these adorable twine covered candy canes. THIS is what I will do with any leftover candy canes from now on. It’s a great alternative to throwing them out or trying to eat them up!

Twine Covered Candy Cane via

I don’t know why, but coming across science experiments for kids on Pinterest makes me a little excited. I loved this one on making your own crystal candy canes from Little Bins for Little Hands.

Crystal Candy Canes via

I also loved this Dissolving Candy Cane experiment from Lemon Lime Adventures. This would be an excellent way to use up candy canes and teach your children about predictions and observations.

Dissolving Candy Cane Experiment via Lemon Lime AdventuresThis homemade Candy Cane Vodka recipe from The Speckled Palate would be perfect for New Years Eve celebrations.

Candy Cane Vodka via The Speckled Palate

How do you like using up candy canes at the end of the year? Do you have any recipes or craft ideas you’d add to the list?

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