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felt candy cane tutorial
this is an easy and fast way to make felt candy canes, felting around pipe cleaners to create the shape. no previous felting experience is necessary; this would be a lot of fun for older kids. for younger children, you could wrap the wool around the pipe cleaners and/or get them started, and have the kids do the last steps (roll them in soapy water).

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  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 1
    Step 1

    you will need some pipe cleaners (cut in half) and some wool roving. the amount pictured is about 1/8 of an ounce, which is enough to make at least 2 candy canes. you also need dish soap, hot water, a shallow waterproof dish, and a towel on hand.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 2
    Step 2

    take a strip of white wool. starting at one end, wrap the wool tightly around the pipe cleaner.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 3
    Step 3

    overlapping the wool...

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 4
    Step 4

    wrap the wool diagonally along the pipe cleaner...

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 5
    Step 5

    working your way to the other end.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 6
    Step 6

    make sure to completely cover the end.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 7
    Step 7

    wrap back in the other direction, making 2 layers. when you reach the first end, turn around and wrap a final 3rd layer of wool

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 8
    Step 8

    completed 3 layers of white wool wrapped around half a piper cleaner. if you've wrapped it tightly, it will be easier to felt in the following steps. some unevenness in the layers of wool at this point will not be a problem.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 9
    Step 9

    take one strip of red wool roving, about 1 and a half times longer than the white wool wrapped pipe cleaner.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 10
    Step 10

    wrap the red wool once or twice around one end.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 11
    Step 11

    and then wrap the red strip diagonally along the length of the pipe cleaner...

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 12
    Step 12

    leaving white spaces that are the same width as the red spaces.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 13
    Step 13

    wrap the red wool one or two times around the end.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 14
    Step 14

    wool wrapping completed.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 15
    Step 15

    put a little hot soapy water in a dish, and roll the wool in it. using your fingertips or palms, roll the wool back and forth, as if you were making a clay snake.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 16
    Step 16

    the fibers will begin to join together. continue to roll the wool.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 17
    Step 17

    you can continue to work the wool: hold the stick in one hand as shown, and close your other hand around it. keeping your hands flat, rub it between your palms. you can keep working the wool as you gradually rinse out the soap.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 18
    Step 18

    your felt candy cane will probably have stretched a little past the wire and become longer. if you want flat ends, you can trip them off with a scissors, being careful to cut beyond the end of the wire.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 19
    Step 19

    bend to make a candy cane shape.

  • How to make a candy plushie. Felt Candy Cane - Step 20
    Step 20

    you can use the same process to make larger or smaller candy canes, or peppermint sticks (just don't bend them), or twist them into a circle for napkin rings or tiny decorative wreaths.

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