Christmas Mice with Candy Cane Tails

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Felt and glue are two of the best things to have on hand during Christmas time with your kids. I can’t even begin to count how many different ornaments and crafts we made up as kids to hang on our tree or give to friends using mostly those two simple supplies. It’s so important to let kids make gifts for friends because it really teaches them that the best gifts, the ones they should get excited about, come from the heart

These little mice are a great place to start with your kids. I know its difficult to find red and green felt this time of year so don’t worry about those colors, just think outside of the box. Why not make them in your favorite colors or school colors even? Think of your sports fan and how much they would enjoy a gift from your child in their favorite team colors!

Either way you go, you’ll have fun and your kid will be proud at the results. I’m including a template you can print off to trace onto your felt to make this a breeze. There ya go, excuses are gone and its time to get crafting with your younguns!

This is a fun little craft for kids and adults alike.

You’ll need: felt, little pom poms, googly eyes, scissors, glue, and the little template I’m using.

I am using Tacky glue but a glue gun and even good old school glue would work.

You really should print off the template if only to see what happens when you draw two shapes on a piece of paper, hand them to a mechanical engineer, and say “Can you make me a template of this in a pdf file so I can upload it to the website?”


Methinks he gets a bit technical!

(You can also click on that photo up there to print it and it will pop right up on your screen)

Cut out the mouse body and ear templates and trace them onto your felt. I like to use two different colors for ears and body but there isn’t a rule that says you have to!

Here is my little army of mice just waiting to be made.

All of my photos are a little off tint here because I did this tutorial indoors at night and because I haven’t a clue how to work photoshop or any other fancy schmancy program. And I’m cool with that…

Then cut two little slits for the ears to go through.

I have these marked on the template to give you an idea of where to put them and about how big they need to be.

Then you just slip the ears through the holes of the mouse.

Doing this creates a little pocket on the back that the candy cane slides through.

Then glue on little googly eyes and a pom pom nose to each one.

Katy Rose has been having fun gluing three eyes and two noses to some of hers. Let your kids have fun and create three eyed mice if they want!

It’s quicker if you just set up an assembly line, dotting little bits of glue for eyes and noses as you go along and then placing them.

Here are the little mice babies as they dry

Then turn all the little guys over and insert a little candy cane in the pocket the ears made.

They make  cute little set! Don’t forget to make some in your school colors!

You can hang them on the tree or use them as little favors.

These are great little gifts for your kids to make for their teachers and friends.

Print the template for making the mice by clicking here.


It isn’t the size of the gift that matters,

but the size of the heart that gives it.

~Quoted in The Angels’ Little Instruction Book by Eileen Elias Freeman

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  1. Thanks for this idea! I’m going to make them for two greatdkids’ kindergarten classes. They’re going to be so happy and proud to give them to all their little people : )

    Tip: Using a seam ripper makes those ear slits quick and easy.

  2. I am in no way creative but I am going to have to try this with my kiddos. They will love this. They have been upset with me because we haven’t made any Christmas crafts yet (only cookies) so this should make them happy…until the glue dries.

  3. I can’t wait to make these with my 6 year old granddaughter. She comes to my house after school and I’m running out of things to keep her busy. She will love these. Thank you so much for this.

  4. I always make chocolate cheese fudge and peppermint bark. They both are really easy & everyone seems to love it!!

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