Monday, November 24, 2014

Hobo Candy Cane tutorial...

                                    Hello there!   Good ole Monday is here again!  It is my day over at the RRR blog.   I thought I would share what I call "hobo" candy canes.   I was laying in bed a couple of weeks ago...not able to sleep.  Which is a typical occurrence for me.  All of sudden it dawned on me that I had to try using the 2 1/2 inch cotton blend ribbon with my pipe cleaners to create some shabby candy canes.  I kid you not.  That is how my brain works.  Anyways the next day I ripped up my ribbons into narrower strips and tried winding them with the pipe cleaner.  I really thought they turned out cute.  Shabby and ragamuffinish (I know, not a real word).  So I decided to call them hobo candy canes.  I love how the threads are everywhere, lots of texture, and very imperfect.
                                         Thought I would share a little step by step with you.  Gather your supplies up.   I also gathered up some little doodads to fancy them up a bit.  I actually tea stained my pipe cleaners for a more aged and prim look before I assembled.  Once you have everything just gather your red and white stems and cut them in half for smaller to medium candy canes.  Than just simply add a dab of hot glue to one end and wrap your torn ribbon around the white stems.  I loosely wrapped because I wanted to still see a bit of the pipe cleaner.  Than from here just wrap that stem around your red.  Once you are done shape into your candy cane shape.
                                        As you can see I made quite a few and glittered some up.  Another one I simply gussied up with some lipstick red seam binding , a snowflake , and a faux berry. I also paired them up and added to the front of a Christmas album.   I am going to add a bunch to a christmas bowl this year for decoration.  They would also look adorable tied to packages or on the tree all over!   I am thinking I might try another ribbon next time....maybe a lace of some sort.   Well hope you enjoy!  hugs, cherry


Marci said...

What a brilliant idea! They look darling, especially in that bowl.

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

These are really cute! Love them. That's when I get alot of my ideas too... as I lay in bed trying to get to sleep... sometimes I even turn on the light and write the idea down, as sometimes I forget it by the next morning. I love the idea of making small candy canes and adding to the cover of a little album.. and love them in the bowl too!