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Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers: A Tutorial

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.

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers

Here’s how Mr. Mouse looks with a real candy cane tail.

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers

Tutorial for Candy Cane Mice:


Supplies you’ll need:
Red felt
Gray felt
Black thread for whiskers
Googly eyes or black dots/beads
Craft glue
Candy canes (real or decorative)

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.

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers

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.)

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers

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:

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers

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.

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers

‘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.)

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers

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.

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers



Comments

  1. Heather's Stitches says:

    These are so cute, my little boy came home with this mouse from his Christmas party and next year I'm going to copy it and make more!

  2. Susan At Glen Oaks Primitives says:

    This is a wonderful little ornie.
    You are so clever. Thank you.
    Happy Holidays Everyone

  3. KJ@letsgoflyakite says:

    Lovely mouse, it is very Nutcracker! you could even add a little crown! Great idea. I will definitely try it.

    PS I love your wrapping station, so organized.

  4. Jen @ Creating with the J's says:

    Cute! My Grandma made these one year for everyone. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

  5. Hello from Kansas!
    Susan, May you have a wonderful Christmas and a very Blessed New Year.

    The mouse is a cutie and the candy cane is just the touch needed.

    God bless!
    d

  6. martinealison says:

    C'est très mignon et je vais probablement utiliser ton idée. Un grand merci.
    Joyeuses fêtes et gros bisous.

  7. Wendy @HerBallistic Garden says:

    Truly an excellent, sweet idea! Thanks for sharing…xo

  8. So cute! … Not a creature was stirring… I like your wrapping station. Have a merry Christmas!

  9. Pretty cute Susan, I don't think I have told you lately how much I appreciate the real work you go through to produce this blog. Nicely done, and I will try this, not as artificial as other present toppers! Thanks again!
    Hugs, Lisa

  10. Wsprsweetly Of Cottages says:

    Awww..how cute he is. So nice of you to show us how to make him. :)
    Merry Christmas!
    Mona

  11. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Thanks, Lisa! ♥

  12. Really cute little idea. I will make some of these! Merry Christmas and thank you for your beautiful blog!

  13. DearHelenHartman says:

    Cute mouse – can totally see doing this for kiddos this Christmas Eve.

  14. Phil and Darby Hawley says:

    These are so cute!

  15. Valorie Hart - The Visual Vamp says:

    I love this! My grandson loves mice, so I must make this for him.
    Merry Christmas!
    xo xo

  16. Designs By Pinky says:

    That is adorable! I just did a post on wrapping my gifts! XO, Pinky

  17. I love your work station! This little mouse is so cute and easy peasy to make! Thanks!
    Christmas Blessings,
    GraceinAZ

  18. Heather at Willow Cottage says:

    I have been looking for a cute Mouse ornament for our Nutcracker tree. I think this is perfect and the kids can help me make them. Thanks so much for sharing. I love them.

  19. Very cute mice to hang on tree, or top presents. Your wrapping center is wonderful, especially this time of year. Someday this will be in my future! Happy Wednesday! ~CJ

  20. Hope Filled Living says:

    This is sooooooooo cute…..
    Have a beautiful Christmas,
    Hugs,
    Mary

  21. FABBY'S LIVING says:

    So cute Susan and I love it hanging on the present like you did. I'm in love with your wrapping center, sooo cofortable and pretty too. Hope next year I can fix my daughter's room and you will be my inspiration, like so much this almost past year. Thank you Susan for all your generosity and kindness, I trully appreciate it very much. Wishing you a wonderful and Merry Christmas along with your family.
    FABBY

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