- Gather your pipe cleaners in red and white. (I made 2 batches. One using skinny pipecleaners and one using bigger fuzzier ones.)
- Next, soak your pipe-cleaners in a hot tea bath for a vintage look. (I used several family size tea bags in a big stew pot of boiling water. To keep my pipe-cleaners from rising to the top I placed a regular dinner plate in the pot to hold them down.)
- Leave for 1-2 hours.
- Next, drain all the tea off your pipe cleaners, then gently squeeze out some of the excess liquid off of them - but not too much.
- Place pipe cleaners in clothes dryer and dry for 10-15 minutes on high heat. Make sure to include a fabric softener sheet. This will seal in the tea stain and fluff your pipe cleaners back up.
- Next, twist pipe cleaners together and bend into a candy-cane shape. (If you want to make smaller candy-canes like these shown cut each pipe cleaner in half before twisting.)
- Using a small paint brush, brush your candy-cane lightly with glue then dust with glitter (I used silver.)
- Shake off excess glitter and re-fluff your candy-cane by running it between your fingers, allowing some of the glitter to fall off - you don't want there to be huge clumps of glitter, just a light dusting.
- Let dry.
Now you can use these cute little accent pieces as embellishments for gift wrapping, or as ornaments on your tree!
A special thanks to our Jerusalem Greer for this project. I can't wait to add these to my packages this year.