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, freehand the shape onto a piece of cardboard 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 cane 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.

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.

How to Make Christmas Mice Ornaments or Present Toppers
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  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!

  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 cute he is. So nice of you to show us how to make him. 🙂
    Merry Christmas!

  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,

  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,

  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.

  22. Hey Susan, I love your mice. I don’t have much time I’m headed to Michael’s to make some mice myself. As always you are always a Blessing. Where did you get the fake candy canes. That a great idea and you put them away one year to the next. You’re so smart!

    • Thanks, Pat! I ran across those little candy canes so many years ago, I’m having trouble remembering where now. I bet it was either Michaels, Walmart or Old Time Pottery. I will keep my eye out this year and let you know if I run across any when I’m out shopping. Real candy canes work great and are perfect for present toppers since they are an extra goody for the recipient of the present. They also work well for hanging them on the tree…you just don’t want to store them away with the real ones. 🙂

  23. My mother-in-law and I just finished cutting out 600 of these for her church to pass out to a local elementary school. They are super cute! Thanks for project!

  24. What do you use for the eyes?

    • It’s been so long since I made these, it’s hard to remember. I think I used little black plastic dots I found in either Michaels or Hancock fabrics. That’s where I normally look for craft things since those stores are close to my home. They may have been in the same area where you normally find the googly/wiggly eyes.

  25. It’s been 5 years since the above question was asked, but in case it helps anyone, I am using 6 mm round black beads (from Hobby Lobby) for the eyes. I am sewing them in place because I’m too impatient for glue. 🙂 Love this pattern. They are turning out great! I give my students some kind of candy cane holding ornament each year, and this perfect. Thanks for the template and directions. 🙂

    • JD, thanks for that tip on what you’re using for the eyes. You’re get an early start on making them–so smart! I know your students will love it!

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