Christmas is quickly approaching, and I hope your hearts are prepared for the coming of our Savior. Here is a quick project that can be used as a favor, gift or stocking stuffer, and reminds us of WHY we celebrate Christmas.
A sweet candy cane treat, with the candy cane as a “J” for Jesus, and an adorable manger with the head of our Lord. Behind Him is a shape showing the radiance of His divinity, and can be any circular image. I used the daisy punch and the starburst punch from Stampin’ Up! But even a circle with some random wedges cut out would give the same effect.
Start with a piece of card stock 2″ by 8″, and score one end at 3/4″ and 1 1/8″. (Or, if your candy cane is thicker, score at 3/4″ and 1 1/4″). Use a piece of patterned paper 1 7/8″ by 6″ with the top two corners rounded for the background. Fold score lines and secure into a pocket with washi tape or a 1/2″ by 6″ piece of patterened paper. Add your “radiance”, here I have used daffodil delight.
Place the candy cane into the pocket, and line the straight part parallel to the side of the holder. Mark on both sides of the candy cane with a pencil, and use a 1/8″ or 1/16″ punch to make holes. Thread linen thread or twine through the holes and tie a knot or bow to secure. I placed a glue dot under the bottom of the candy cane to keep it from sliding around. Alternatively, you could just use your piercing tool to make a hole on either side of your candy cane. It saves a step if you are making several, as for a church school class.
Place a star up top, here I have used one from the Starlight thinlits from Stampin’ Up!, but you could use what you have. Even gold stars from the stationary aisle would work. For the manger, I used a piece of Early Espresso 1 1/2″ by 1 1/4″, and folded it lengthwise. Like my other manger for the treat box, hold the folded side toward you and cut from 1/4″ on the fold to the corresponding corner. Repeat on the other side. Unfold, and on one edge, cut to the fold line parallel to each side making the legs. Then cut out the middle section between the legs. Glue a 3/4″ very vanilla circle offset on a 1″ gold foil circle, then glue to the backside of one end of the manger. Place a glue dot on each side where the manger meets the candy cane, and also on the two legs, and glue in place.
A quick, but very sweet, treat holder that helps us focus on what is important in this Christmas Season. I hope you liked the project and give it a try, and until we meet again, I hope your days are blessed. ~Darby