Candy Cane Painting

What’s even more fun than painting?? Painting in your pajamas!!!

This candy cane painting is quite toddler friendly, and the kiddos get great results! I outlined a candy cane shape with a Sharpie on some thick card stock paper, and added some masking tape stripes. Once I invited Clara over to paint, the smiles were non-stop all morning!

While the paint was drying, she got to work on the background with lots of dark green scribbles on light green paper… she was hard at work!

Once the paint was completely dry, we peeled off the masking tape to reveal her perfectly striped candy cane! Cut out and glue to your background… Proudly display in your home!

We’re sending this one to Mark to help give his office some holiday cheer!

Have fun!!

I linked this post to:
Sunday Best @ No Time for Flashcards


  1. Dear Valerie,

    We could use some holiday cheer today; the heat was out! Boy was it cold.


  2. You make the most wonderfully simple, fun and beautiful projects. You are so blessed with talent and we are blessed that you share it so freely. I linked to your No Mess Christmas tree project in my post today. Thank you.

    • How sweet, Phyllis! Your comments always make me smile! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the link, and I wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas! xoxo

  3. JDaniel4's Mom says

    Crafts in pajamas is a great idea!

  4. Everyone will be impressed with her perfect stripes! We added a little peppermint extract to our red paint to make the candy canes we painted smell really good!

  5. love it… i’m looking for projects to make next week fun and festive at our house since we won’t be traveling… going to add this to the mix!

  6. I’ll be linking and we’ll be doing! We just started C in our preschool stuff, and Goose is loving all things candy cane right now. Thanks!

  7. Even amazingly cute kids are a little bit cuter in PJs πŸ™‚ I love the craft too, great , simple and beautiful!

  8. And a wonderful candy cane without having to get frustrated that the kids aren’t painting the right way.

  9. aww love this and it will totally brighten up the office πŸ™‚

  10. Great idea! I can’t wait to try it!

  11. Perfect project. We made David Star this way – Anna guessed what it will be, but was still surprised when the masking paper came off πŸ™‚

    • That is a great idea!! I love how it’s such a neat “reveal” for the kids when they see the masking tape come off. So much fun!!

  12. Love the colours you went for. I can almost smell the candy cane. Painting is so much fun. I’m not surprised that Clara wasn’t going to wait until she’d dressed. πŸ™‚

    • LOL She’s quite impatient once she sees the paint! I wish you could see the look on her face… her entire face LIGHTS up!!

  13. OH- Thank you, thank you, THANK YOU for the idea on how to paint stripes on a Candy Cane. This is going to make my Sunday School lesson SO MUCH EASIER- and I am all about EASY crafts when it comes to Kindergartners!

    (Really, do you KNOW how much you ROCK?!?!)

  14. So cute. You have some great and simple craft ideas. Have I mentioned how much I like simple?!

  15. So pretty! The candy cane & Clara πŸ™‚

    She has grown so much!

    • Thank you! I can’t believe how much she as grown!! It’s amazing! I don’t remember Emily growing up quite this quickly…

  16. We love to craft in our PJs too, we had a pajama day on Monday in fact:) Very cute holiday banner, I think our Daddy might need one too!

  17. Super cute! Another great idea πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  18. I like the masking tape idea– I can’t believe I hadn’t thought of that! We actually want to put candy cane decorations all over the living room in preparation for the elf who visits us. Thanks!

  19. Love this!

  20. She did a great job!

  21. We did this today! It was all icy and horrible outside and school was cancelled for me, so I hopped online to find something to entertain my 20 month old. She loved it! Started with the paintbrush and ended up fingerpainting, but she still had a blast! Thanks for the idea!

  22. Clever!

  23. That’s a cute idea!


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