With Christmas approaching, I decided to make some primitive peppermint sticks and tie them into a bundle. This craft project took a bit of drying time, but the overall working time was pretty minimal. Let’s get to the tutorial!
Watch the Craft Tutorial Video:
Gather the Supplies:
For these peppermint sticks, I used some Warm and Natural cotton quilt batting, Mod Podge, red craft paint, and 1/2″ pex tubing (for plumbing) cut into 8″ lengths. (This tubing is about 5/8″ in diameter.)
I used the pex tubing because we had it left over from a recent plumbing project. You could also use dowel rods or other things that are the correct shape. Even something thicker like a mop handle would make cute peppermint sticks.
I also used some brown craft paint to add a little bit of grunge to my peppermint sticks.
To make the bundle, I used some thin jute, a little bit of greenery, some red cardstock paper, and this candy cane graphic.
I am using the Mod Podge as a glue because it has a nice thin consistency. You could use another thin glue if that is what you have on hand.
Make the Peppermint Sticks:
Cut 1″ strips of the Warm and Natural batting. Brush the glue onto one side of the batting. Wrap the batting around the tube in a spiral direction. Leave a little bit of excess batting at each end so you can fold it over to cover the ends of the tube later. As you spiral down the tube, try to overlap the fabric as little as possible. Let the glue completely dry.
Cut 1/2″ strips of the Warm and Natural batting. Paint these strips with red craft paint on one side. Don’t worry if the batting is not completely covered with the red paint. This is going to be a primitive looking craft after all! Let the paint dry.
Fold over the extra batting on the ends of the tubing and glue down to cover the ends of the tubes.
Use the Mod Podge to adhere the painted strips to the batting covered tubing. Glue the strips in a spiral down the tube with spacing between the strips to give a striped effect.
Grunge the Peppermint Sticks:
If you want to give your peppermint sticks a bit more of a primitive look, water down some brown craft paint until it looks like weak hot chocolate. I used Apple Barrel Brown Oxide. Use a rag to dab some onto the peppermint sticks. Let that dry completely.
Bundle the Peppermint Sticks:
Stack the peppermint sticks together. Wrap some thin jute around the candy stack. I added some greenery to mine and a candy cane label that I attached to some red cardstock paper.