Glitter Candy Cane

Using masking tape to resist paint creates wonderful stripes, making this an ideal technique for making candy cane pictures with small children

Glitter Candy Cane

Project Info

Difficulty Easy
Duration Under 15 minutes
Age Any
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  • Background Paper (Green works well)
  • Glue
  • Masking Tape
  • Red Glitter
  • Red Paint
  • Sponge
  • White Paper or Card


  • Step 2

  • Step 3

  • Step 6

  1. Before Beginning: Cut a candy cane shape out of white paper or card.
  2. Before Beginning: Lay stripes of masking tape across the candy cane to create stripes
  3. Dip the sponge in the red paint and then use to dab paint all over the candy cane
  4. Sprinkle glitter over the wet paint
  5. Carefully remove the tape taking care not to tear the paper.
  6. Once dry, glue to some background paper


  1. Beware of putting too much paint on the sponge - otherwise it may seep under the tape spoiling the stripes
  2. It is better to use a heavier weight paper for this activity as the tape will remove more easily
  3. It is best to try to minimize the time that the tape is on the paper - to facilitate the ease with which it can be removed.


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Useful supplies

Martha Stewart Crafts Tinsel Glitter Set, 12-Pack
Martha Stewart Crafts Tinsel Glitter Set
Printworks White Cardstock, 67 lb, 96 Bright, SFI Certified, Perfect for School and Craft Projects, 8.5 x 11 Inch, 70 Sheets (00550)
Printworks White Cardstock
Neenah Creative Collection Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit, 12" x 12", 65 lb, 18-Color Assortment, 72 Sheets (46408-02)
Neenah Creative Collection Specialty Cardstock Starter Kit
$7.29 Buy on Amazon
3M General Purpose Masking Tape 203 Beige, 24 mm x 55 m (Pack of 1)
3M General Purpose Masking Tape 203 Beige
$10.12 Buy on Amazon
Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue, Extra Strong, 7.625 Ounces, 1 Count (E1324)
Elmer's Glue-All Multi-Purpose Liquid Glue
$2.54 Buy on Amazon
Crayola Washable Kids' Paint, Assorted Colors 10 ea
Crayola Washable Kids' Paint
$6.54 Buy on Amazon

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