Candy Cane Reindeer And A Party

I saw these and thought they were pretty darn cute. I had been looking for a craft to do with my kids at our Christmas party but needed something fairly easy (there will be little ones there) but not “dorky” that the 7 year olds would like it too. A task harder than it sounds. But when I saw these cuties over on Jean’s Crafty Corner I knew they were what we were going to do.
Here’s how…
Glue two candy canes together. I used my hot glue gun so I did this ahead of time so the kids wouldn’t have to A) burn themselves or B) use Elmers and wait and wait and wait for it to dry.

Then the rest is easy.

Use brown yarn and wrap it around the bottom of the candy canes. Now glue on googly eyes and a nose. How simple is that?

Apparently I needed to be more specific when saying we were making a reindeer. I never said a reindeer from earth…
My daughter thought hers was pretty cute. Especially with 2 bows.


Kids are awesome aren’t they?!?!
Then we played a game. The older kids thought this was fun but the younger kids weren’t into it at all. I had them wrap presents. Simple, right? But they had to wear gloves. Mittens would have been even better but the Dollar Store didn’t have them. Yep, these fleece gloves are from the dollar store. Fun, easy and cheap!

My kids loved the idea of a gift exchange so we had all of the kids bring a gift. But we wanted to have fun with it. My co-worker told me about a story a friend of hers wrote for a gift exchange. It was called “The Right Child” and was about how Santa had one name left on his list Christmas Eve night. It went on to tell how he searched for the right child who was left on his list. Everytime I said right or left they had to pass their present to the right or left. It was a hoot watching them. The younger kids needed some help but they had a blast passing the presents back and forth. (I was the reader of the story so had asked someone else to take pictures. Sadly, this was the only picture that turned out.)

The kids laughed and got super confused. It was great!

I had to post a picture of my daughter’s present that she brought. I did the wrapping paper and then she asked if she could tape on a piece of candy. When I came back into the room this is what I found…

Guess what gift everyone wanted.

We hope you all are having fun this holiday season. Are you making memories with your kids? They don’t have to be expensive. Kids don’t remember (or even care) how much something cost. What they remember is the laughter and the fun.

Enjoy! And Merry Christmas!!!

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Comments

  1. What a great post, Erin. I chuckled all the way through it. Love the reindeer from outer space. It looks like the kids had a wonderful party.

  2. The kids did a great job on their reindeers. I love the one from outer space. Looks like you guys had a great time.

  3. love your reindeer variation. too cute. Happy holidays

  4. The reindeer are darling. I love how each one has it’s own personality. What a great party. Looks like it was tons of fun. Merry Christmas!!

  5. This post really made me smile. The kids are so adorable, and you really gave them a super fun and special Christmas party. I love how your daughter made her reindeer girly with the pink nose and bows and that present is a hoot..lol Everyone in my family would have wanted that one too.

  6. Ha Ha, I want that present too! I am so going to make these with my grandchildren! Thanks for another great idea! Love the one covered in eyeballs:)

  7. It’s linky party time again! I would love to have you come link up and enter my $50 American Express giveaway while you are there!
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  8. So fun! I just love easy Christmas crafts for the kiddos! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  9. This is such a great idea and I love the fun reindeer that the kids came up with. The alien reindeer is very creative!

    I am hosting a candy cane link up as part of my 12 Days of Christmas series at my Christmas blog. I sure do hope you can pop by and link up this fun post!

    Best Christmas wishes,
    Natasha.

  10. LOL!!!! That “alien” reindeer would totally get made here. These are great! ūüôā Stopped by from the Christmas 365 linky.

  11. I love candy cane crafts!!! We’d love for you to share this with our readers for Fun Stuff Fridays. http://www.toysinthedryer.com/2011/12/fun-stuff-fridays-4-3-weeks-long-for.html