If you’re still in a turkey coma and taking it easy today, you’ll love this super-cute DIY Reindeer Ornament. There’s nothing too strenuous about it, and it’s an ornament the kids can DIY, too. The supply list is easy, and you may have most of the materials on hand. (Just in case you were busy in the kitchen earlier this week, don’t miss the Rudolph the Reindeer Wreath I shared on Tuesday).
Here’s Debi’s wreath, too.
To make a Reindeer Ornament, you’ll need:
- STYROFOAM™ Brand Foam: 3” egg and 1” ball
- Craft sticks, four
- Acrylic craft paint in brown
- Wiggle eyes, a pair
- Pompom, 5mm in red
- Felt, small scraps in red & brown
- Ribbon, 24” in red
- Jingle bells, two 1”
- Thick, white craft glue
- Tools needed: Scissors; plastic knife; stiff bristle paintbrush; wooden skewer or chopstick; knippers
To make a Reindeer Ornament:
1. Glue the foam ball to the front of the 3” foam egg, with the narrow end of the egg pointing up. Use the plastic knife to score a small groove in the middle of the ball, so it looks like a muzzle.
2. Insert a wooden skewer or chopstick into the bottom of the egg to use as a handle; paint the reindeer head brown. Let dry.
3. Antlers: Cut two of the craft sticks in half. For each antler, glue two halves onto the back of a full-size craft stick (see photo below). Let glue dry.
4. Glue on the eyes, on either size of the muzzle. Glue the pompom to the top of the muzzle. Cut a small mouth from red felt, and glue the mouth onto the face below the muzzle.
5. Push the antlers into the top of the head, remove, add a dab of glue to the hole, and insert the antlers back into the holes.
6. Cut two small ears from brown felt. Using the plastic knife, cut small, horizontal slits on either side of the head. Place a dot of glue in each slit. Fold the ears in half, and push the end of each ear into the slits.
7. Tie a ribbon bow. Tie a jingle bell onto each ribbon tail. Glue the bow to the bottom of the ornament.
8. Knot together the ends of a 10” length of ribbon. Place a dab of glue at the top of the reindeer’s head, and insert the ribbon into the head.
I have another kid-tested reindeer craft from Kim over at Inspiration Made Simple. Kim’s son made this little guy, and you can find his tutorial over on Kim’s blog.
This morning, I’ve had pie for breakfast (a favorite, post-Thanksgiving tradition) and I’ve already been to Jo-Ann Stores to shop the early morning deals (Black Friday is not a post-Thanksgiving tradition, but I had a very long list of needed craft supplies and couldn’t pass up the deals). I hope you had a lovely Thanksgiving, and that you can take some time and breathe this weekend, before the holiday season is in full gear!
And finally, who else had pie for breakfast?