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This simple Walking Cane Decorating tutorial shows you how to take a plain cane and decorate it for a loved one. If they are getting used to the idea of a cane, sprucing it up to be fashionable can help with the transition. It can be done in about 20 minutes with the proper supplies. 

Decorated cane

This weekend is my mom’s 85th birthday so I am putting together a gift basket to take her when I see her this weekend. She has a little trouble walking so she uses a cane now.  While I was thinking about what to give her, it reminded me of a DIY idea I wanted to share with you. It was a gift that my daughter made for my mother a while back.

My mom did not like the idea of using a cane at first… until we blinged it up.

We took a cane that we purchased from a drug store and added leopard-print duct tape and rhinestones. Mom always loves wild animal prints, so it made sense to use an animal print tape on her cane.

We used Duck Tape for our project and first, covered the cane while wrapping in tape. Then we put the rhinestones on, using a glue gun.

rhinestones on cane - Walking Cane Decorating


We also added some little feathers to further dress up the cane.

how to decorate a walking cane

It really added a nice ZHUZH to the walking cane!




Walking Cane Decorating – Supplies Needed 



colorful duct tape

Directions k

  1. Wipe down the walking cane and let dry completely.
  2. Begin at the top of the can and tape around the cane in a spiral format to the bottom of the cane. Trim with scissors as necessary 
  3. Add rhinestones or crystals with a glue gun.
  4. Add feathers or boa trim as desired.
  5. Let dry completely prior to using. 

My mom loved it. It made it a little easier to embrace now that it was fashionable and made with love from her granddaughter.  It was also a one of a kind design and she always makes sure not to leave it behind.

These make nice gifts for elderly family members if you know someone who uses a cane. We hope you enjoyed this fun craft tutorial.

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Decorating a walking cane

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Sunday 10th of October 2021

Thank you for the idea. I am 43 years old with several injuries that I’m recovering from. I am currently using crutches, but the physical therapist is suggesting as I get stronger I transition from crutches to a cane.

I’m having a hard time accepting that I may need to use a cane for a little while, but blinging it out might help.


Monday 11th of October 2021

Sorry to hear about your injuries Christina. Life throws so many things at us and it helps to make the best of it. Would love to see your finished cane - please tag me if you share your cane on social. Hope you feel better soon and please take care!

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Thursday 17th of October 2013

This is so sweet. My grandmother is turning 100 next month so she's using more than a cane these days, but I know she would have loved this if she could still get away with a cane and not a walker. She's such a fashion plate even now.


Friday 18th of October 2013

Wow Tamara! How wonderful that she will be 100! What a blessing. Yes it's always nice to be fashionable at any age. :)