The final step was the story of the candy cane, told while sucking on candy canes. Now, I don’t know if you have ever heard that the candy cane has meaning. The story that the candy cane was originally made with Christian roots isn’t true. It’s one of those internet stories passed around because it sounds really nice. It does sound nice, but it’s not the truth. Despite the fact that the candy candy wasn’t originally designed for the purpose of telling the gospel story, it doesn’t mean there isn’t value to using the candy cane to remind us of Christ and his birth. Therefore, I told my kids that there are good things to think of while we eat a candy cane. The white layer underneath can remind us that Jesus came to earth perfect. There was no sin in him. It can also represent the Virgin birth. The hardness of the candy reminds us that Jesus is called the rock, and we can depend on him as our foundation. The shape of the candy cane not only can represent a “J” for Jesus, but it also can be a symbol of a shepherds staff. The Lord is our shepherd, and we are his sheep. We all, like sheep, have gone astray, but our loving shepherd reaches down to seek us and pull us out of the pits we get ourselves into. The red stripes represent Jesus’ blood shed for us. He died as a blameless sacrifice so we could be set free from our sins. Abby pointed out that the red also goes away when you suck on the candy cane, and that can represent us becoming clean through Christ’s blood. If you want to know more about the roots of the candy cane, you can check out Snopes, a great resource for checking on the validity of stories you might read or hear.
I hope you have really enjoy doing this candy cane craft using egg cartons. My kids loved it. It is inexpensive, easy to do and fun for kids of all ages. I have also included an explanation of candy cane symbolism so you can make it a more meaningful experience.
I love candy cane’s, and I thought it would be fun to do a candy cane craft from egg cartons, paper and pipe cleaners.
The first thing to do is to cut the egg carton up. I actually used 20 different egg carton cups, so it took 2 cartons of eggs to make one candy cane happen. Once cut up, paint 10 of them white and 10 red with a basic craft acrylic paint.
The next thing to do is to trace around the smallest part of the egg cup. You will want to draw a circle around that about 1/4 inch bigger. Cut those circles out. The circles will act as spacers in between your white and red cups.
I used a little stick to poke a hole in each of the egg carton cups.
The next step is to take your pipe cleaner. Knot up one end or attach a jingle bell on the end. Then, start layering – red cup, spacer, white cup, spacer, red cup, spacer, white cup…until you are done. Toward the end, I had to twist another pipe cleaner on to make it long enough. I just knotted it at the end so it all stayed together.