Kids' Craft: Make a Candy Cane Mouse

Handmade sleeves or holders for candy canes have been around for generations. This sweet throwback holiday craft is quick, easy and fun for kids of all ages to make using just felt and glue.
Easy Mouse Candy Cane Holder

Easy Mouse Candy Cane Holder

Similar Topics:

Materials Needed:

  • medium gray, light gray and pink felt quarters
  • all-purpose or fabric glue
  • hot glue gun and glue sticks (optional)
  • scissors
  • craft eyes
  • small pink pompom
  • black permanent marker
  • clothespin

Draw and Cut Out Mouse Shapes

Using a permanent marker, draw a teardrop shape about 4" long on the medium gray felt then cut out (Images 1 and 2). On light gray felt, draw 2 circles about 3/4" in diameter (Image 3). Draw smaller circles, about 1/2" in diameter, on pink felt.

Assemble Ears

Apply a small amount of fabric glue to one side of a pink circle (Image 1). Center pink circle on top of larger light gray circle and stick pieces together. Repeat with second pink and gray pieces. Apply dab of glue to one corner of layered circles and pinch together to create an ear (Image 2). Tip: Hold pinched shape in place with a clothespin while glue dries.

Attach Ears, Eyes and Nose

Use all-purpose, fabric or hot glue gun to attach ears, nose and eyes to felt mouse body (Images 1-3).

Create Candy Cane Sleeve

Pinch felt mouse together under the ears; apply a dab of preferred glue between pinched layers of felt and hold until dry (Image 1). This pinch will create the mouse's head and hold one end of the candy cane. Cut a small rectangle (approximately 3/4" x 1-1/2") out of medium gray felt and glue two short ends to bottom side of felt mouse, leaving a space large enough to fit a candy cane through (Image 2). This will create a sleeve to hold the candy cane tail in place.

Make Mouse Feet

Cut four small mouse feet out of light gray felt. Use a permanent black marker to draw lines on the curved end of each foot to resemble toes (Image 1). Glue all four feet onto underside of mouse body using preferred glue (Image 2). Allow glue to completely dry before inserting candy cane (Image 3). Tip: To personalize this project, have each family member choose unique colors of felt for their mouse and even add their name or initial to the mouse with a permanent marker. Accessories can also be added like Santa hats, bows, sequins or glitter.

Next Up

How to Make a Fabric and Evergreen Holiday Swag

Instead of a traditional evergreen Christmas wreath, dress up your front door with a holiday swag made from fresh greenery, fabric branches and glittering pinecones.

How to Make a Reindeer Pillow for the Holidays

Give a plain pillow a playful, holiday update using our free printable reindeer template.

How to Make a Candy Cane Reindeer Ornament

Trimming the tree just got a whole lot sweeter. Kids will love creating these reindeer ornaments using mini candy canes, felt, googly eyes and pom-poms.

How to Make a No-Sew Ruffled Christmas Tree Skirt

Put the finishing touch on your tree with an elegant and feminine linen skirt. The only tools you'll need are scissors and glue to make this easy no-sew ruffled tree skirt.

Kids' Craft: Printable Santa Holiday Card

Let kids show their holiday spirt by embellishing our free printable Santa card design with craft supplies your probably already have on hand.

How to Make an Upholstered Holiday Banner

Cheerfully issue a Christmas greeting to all who enter your home with this unique upholstered holiday banner. Swap out the letters to easily craft more banners for birthdays, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter or any other occasion worth celebrating. 

Make a Holiday Cookie Greeting Card

Nothing says "Happy Holidays" like a batch of freshly baked chocolate chip cookies. Package them in our clever tin that doubles as a holiday greeting card for a thoughtful (and tasty!) homemade gift.

How to Make a Bird and Branch Holiday Card

A pinecone adds texture and a sophisticated natural touch to this charming handmade holiday card.

How to Make a Boxwood Christmas Wreath

Why settle for plastic evergreen wreaths or natural greens that will dry out in a few weeks? Make a preserved boxwood wreath that will keep its good looks throughout the holidays and beyond.

How to Make a Starburst Christmas Tree Topper

Top your Christmas tree with sophisticated, space-age style this holiday season with a starburst-inspired tree topper made from inexpensive craft supplies.
More from:

Christmas in July

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.