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Looking for an ornament or present topper? Christmas mice with candy cane tails make cute ornaments for the tree. They are also great little present toppers. This is a great craft for all ages. I have a faux candy cane tucked inside my little mouse below, but you’ll probably want to use a real candy cane if you attach these to a Christmas present. The faux candy canes work great when making these to use as ornaments.
Here’s how Mr. Mouse looks with a real candy cane tail.
Tutorial for Candy Cane Mice:
Here’s a template you can use to make your mice. It shows the measurements for cutting your red and gray felt. Save the template below to your computer, then just print it out. Or, free hand the shape onto a piece of card board to create your template, using the measurements below.
Once you’ve finished cutting the mouse’s body from the gray felt and the ears from the red felt, cut two small slits about 3/4 inch from the back, just big enough for a candy cane to fit through. You’ll also need to cut two slits near the front for the ears to pass through. (See picture for placement.)
Thread a needle with black thread, then just pass it through the felt nose a couple of times. Snip off the ends of the thread to create the whiskers. Glue on your eyes with any craft glue…only takes a tiny, tiny bit of glue.
Poke your ears through the little ear slits. Tuck your candy candy through the slits at the back and up under the ears. Here’s how your mouse should look in back with the candy cane in place:
In the past when I’ve used these as ornaments for the Christmas tree, I used real candy canes. If you do that, don’t forget to remove the candy canes before storing them away for the next year. I eventually found plastic candy canes and now I use those each year for the tree ornaments. It’s fun to use real candy canes when making these to go atop a gift.
‘Tis the season, so I swapped out the “general” gift wrap in the organizer for Christmas paper and got busy wrapping Christmas presents today. (Wrapping station came from Pottery Barn about 6-8 months ago…added during an office renovation HERE.)
When placing your little mouse on a gift, just tape the candy cane onto the present underneath the felt where it won’t show. This Christmas mouse reminds me of some other Christmas mice. You can read about those mischievous mice, HERE.