It’s time for Reindeer games today, as designer Linda Valentino joins us to share her Rudolph the Reindeer Ornament. This ornament is so cute, and kids are going to love making Rudolph the Reindeer, and then hanging him on the tree. He’s definitely a keeper — a handmade ornament you’ll cherish for years. Have the kids make a few extra to give as gifts, too.
To make a Rudolph the Reindeer Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3-1/16” x 2- 5/16” egg
- Acrylic craft paint in brown
- Felt, scraps in tan, black and white
- Chenille stems in brown, two (four 2” pieces, one 6” piece)
- Silver cord, 9”
- Ribbon with holiday print, 3/8” wide
- Pearl head pins, two red and two black
- Pom pom in red, ½”
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; wood skewer; toothpick; ruler; pencil; stiff bristle paintbrush; hole punch
To make a Rudolph the Reindeer Ornament:
1. Insert a wood skewer into the narrow end of the foam egg, and use it as a handle. Paint egg brown and let dry completely.
2. Knot together ends of the silver cord. Remove the skewer from the egg, and insert the knot into the hole. Add a dab of glue and let glue dry.
3. Using patterns, cut out the following:
- Two ears from tan felt
- Four mittens from green felt
- Four hooves from black felt
- Using hole punch, punch out two circles from white felt (eyes)
- Cut a 1-1/2″ circle from tan felt (tummy)
4. Make the reindeer’s face:
- Glue on white eye circles and pom pom nose
- Dip end of pins in glue and push black pins into eyes and red pins into cheeks
- Add glue to ends of ears and push into head, using a toothpick if needed.
5. Glue tummy to body.
6. Wrap ribbon around reindeer’s neck and spot glue. Tie a bow and glue to ribbon.
7. Arms & legs: Sandwich one end of a 2” chenille stem between two mittens, and glue mittens to the stem. Repeat for the second arm. Dip ends in glue and Insert arms into body. Repeat, using hooves and 2” chenille stems for the legs.
8. Antlers: Bend 6” piece of chenille stem in half. Bend each half four times, forming antlers. Glue and insert in the top center of reindeer’s head.
Last year, Kathleen George shared this Reindeer Ornament with us. He’s another easy ornament the kids can make – to keep or to give as a gift.
Are your kids fans of Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer? Or is there another Christmas character or Christmas movie they prefer? At our house, my daughter loves the classic movie White Christmas.
Happy Christmas crafting!