Candy Cane Earrings – A fun DIY Christmas Gift Idea

Spread the Christmas cheer this year by wearing a festive pair of Candy Cane Earrings.

How to make candy cane earrings with polymer clay

So easy to make with just a small amount of oven bake polymer. Don’t stop at just one pair, these fun Christmas Earrings make great gifts too.

I have merged my love of kitsch culture and Christmas to make mouth watering, delicious looking, candy cane dangly earrings.

They really are so simple to make. The technique I’ve used means you can whip up several in a big batch, making these candy cane earrings ideal as a handmade gift idea.

How to make candy cane earrings

Choose any colour combination you wish. Classic red and white is always popular, but I’ve gone for an 80’s inspired fuchsia and aqua combination. After all, the 80s were all about novelty earrings.

But why limit yourself to making earrings? You can take things a step further and turn these candy canes into bracelet charms, pendants, or even Christmas tree decorations.

Kids and teens will love making these candy cane earrings for friends or teachers as Christmas gifts.

Why not gather with friends or family (in person or via Zoom), and have a little festive Christmas craft party!

You may also enjoy these handmade gift ideas:

Deck your Earlobes with Festive Candy Cane Earrings

Any brand of polymer clay will work fine for making these earrings, although I’d suggest not mixing different brands as they may have different baking times and instructions.

Follow the recommended baking instructions on your packet of polymer clay for best results.

Candy cane earrings on pink background

You will need:

  • 2 Shepherd hook earring findings
  • 2 earring hook screws
  • Polymer clay: 2 contrasting colours of your choice
  • Knife
  • Cutting board
  • jewellery pliers (needle nose)

 

Note:

Refer to the cylinder layout for Steps 1-3

Polymer clay cane

How to make polymer clay candy cane earrings:

How to make candy cane earrings

1. Roll a cylinder of polymer clay with a diameter of 15 mm.

How to make candy cane earrings  How to make candy cane earrings

2. Roll two cylinders of polymer clay in each colour with a diameter of 10 mm. Press these cylinders to the first, larger cylinder, directly across from each other.

How to make candy cane earrings

How to make candy cane earrings

3. Roll four cylinders of polymer clay in each colour with a diameter of 6mm. Press these cylinders in alternating colour around the first, largest cylinder.

polymer clay earrings

4. Squeeze the roll, pressing the smaller cylinders in toward the middle cylinder.

How to make candy cane earrings

5. Hand roll the contrasting colour cylinder. As you roll the cylinder it narrows and gets longer.

How to make candy cane earrings

6. Chop the cylinder in half. Continue rolling one of the halves and making it longer and thinner. Stop rolling when the cylinder has a 6 mm diameter. Chop the cylinder again, creating two lengths.

How to make candy cane earrings

7. Twist one of the cylinders. Repeat with the second cylinder.

How to make candy cane earrings

8. Curve one end of each cylinder to make a cane head.

How to make candy cane earrings

9. Cut off the cylinder bottoms if you wish to create shorter candy canes.

How to make candy cane earrings

10. Twist the screw hook into the top of each candy cane.

How to make candy cane earrings

11. Bake the candy canes in the oven 130o Celsius for 15 minutes (or according to the polymer clay brand instructions). Set aside the candy canes and allow them to cool down.

How to make candy cane earrings

12. Using pliers, gently pry open the earring loop. Hook the candy cane and earring loops together. Using pliers, gently close the earring loop.

How to make candy cane earrings

Now your sweet candy cane earrings are ready to wear!

How to make candy cane earrings

DIY polymer clay candycane earrings

 

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