Candy Cane Bookmarks

A Candy Maker’s Witness


A candy maker wanted to make a candy that would be a witness, so he made the Christmas Candy Cane. He incorporated several symbols for the birth, ministry, and death of Jesus Christ.

He began with a stick of pure white hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin birth and the sinless nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid Rock, the foundation of the Church, and the firmness of the promises of God.

The candymaker made the candy in the form of a “J” to represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as our Savior. It could also represent the staff of the “Good Shepherd” with which He reaches down into the ditches of
the world to lift out the fallen lambs who, like all sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking that the candy was somewhat plain, the candymaker stained it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes of the scourging Jesus received by which we are healed. The large red stripe was for the blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the promise of eternal life.

Unfortunately, the candy became known as Candy Cane, a meaningless decoration seen at Christmas time. But the meaning is still there for those who “have eyes to see and ears to hear.” I pray that this symbol will again be used to witness To The Wonder of Jesus and His Great Love that came down at Christmas and remains the ultimate and dominant force in the universe today.

The Candy Cane Legend

Look at the Candy Cane
What do you see?
Stripes that are red
Like the blood shed for me

White is for my Savior
Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure!

Turn it around
And a staff you will see
Jesus my shepherd
Was born for Me!

Happy Birthday Jesus!

Here’s a few Stampin’ Up! sets that have a candy cane in them…

  • 109469 Wishing You Cheer (has a snowman with a candy cane!) (Retiring)
  • 109353 Holiday Blitz (has a candy cane stamp!)

Also don’t forget to use our wonderful designer papers to make really cute candy canes…

  • 112162 Rose Red Striped Designer Paper
  • 112155 Riding Hood Striped Red Designer Paper
  • 112149 Parisian Summer Striped Designer Paper
  • 112469 Holiday Treasures Striped Designer Paper

Project Idea: Candy Cane Poem Bookmark

  1. Print the one of the Candy Cane poems above on very vanilla or whisper white cardstock 5″ x 2.5″ inches.  Make sure you leave room for a 1/4″ hole punch and Jumbo Eyelet at the top.
  2. Cut a 7 small candy canes from one of the striped designer papers listed above and fasten them to the back of the bookmark using snail adhesive.
  3. Laminate the Bookmark you just made.
  4. Using the 1/4″ paper punch, punch a 1/4″ hole at the top of the laminated bookmark in the middle.
  5. Fasten the 108432 Pewter Jumbo Eyelet to the 1/4″ hole at the top of the laminated bookmark using the 108362 Crop-A-Dile tool.
  6. Cut one 8″ strip of 1/4″ Grossgrain Ribbon using one of the following colors:
    • 109034 Real Red Grossgrain Ribbon
    • 111366 Rose Red Grossgrain Ribbon
  7. Cut one 8″ strip of 1/4″ Grossgrain Ribbon using one of the following colors:
    • 109025 Whisper White Grossgrain Ribbon (if your bookmark is printed on Whisper White Cardstock)
    • 109026 Very Vanilla Grossgrain Ribbon (if your bookmark is printed on Very Vanilla Cardstock)
  8. Fasten the Grossgrain ribbons to the bookmark by threading it through the Pewter Jumbo Eyelet.

Now you have a beautiful bookmark to use in your favorite scripture book that reminds you of the beauty of Jesus!

Merry Christmas!



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