A DIY Reindeer Ornament That'll Go Down In History!

'Tis the season, and what's a cuter way to kick it off than with handmade Christmas tree ornaments? Making annual holiday ornaments with your kids is a lovely tradition to start -- plus a great way to collect keepsakes over time. This particular project is made using items left over from your holiday entertaining: wine corks and toothpicks. So pop open a bottle of wine and make this adorable red-nosed reindeer for your eager tree-trimming squad.
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  • 2 wine corks
  • 4 toothpicks
  • 4 pony beads
  • 1 small pom-pom or button
  • Acrylic paint (brown and white)
  • Paintbrush
  • Small pie tin or paper plate
  • Felt
  • Googly eyes
  • Embroidery thread
  • Small eye hook
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Gloss or decoupage varnish
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Attaching the corks and toothpicks.

Attach one of the corks to the other using a small piece of toothpick stuck into the corks, this will create the head and body. Position the "head" so that it's at an angle to the body. This can be done by attaching it right at the edge of the other cork. Add four longer toothpicks to the underside of the "body" cork for the legs. Add two shorter toothpicks to the "head" cork to make supports for the antlers.

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Painting the corks.

Using the brown acrylic paint, paint the corks and toothpicks all over. If you like, add a few white spots to the body using the white acrylic paint for realism and cuteness! Tip: Make sure you -- and especially kids -- are careful with the acrylic paints. The paint is washable, but it doesn't wash out of clothing once it's dry.

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Attaching the felt antlers to the toothpicks.

Cut two antler shapes from brown felt. Carefully glue them onto the toothpick supports on the head of your reindeer. Let dry for about 20 minutes before handling.

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Add eyes and a nose.

Now it's time to add the face. Glue the googly eyes and the red nose to the face of your reindeer. If you prefer, paint on the eyes or use buttons, sequins, or beads for the facial features. Glue the pony beads to the bottom of the legs to make hooves. Finally, attach the eye hook to the back of the reindeer and add a long piece of embrodiery thread, looped and tied, to hang the reindeer on the tree. Brush all over with a layer or two of gloss gel or decoupage varnish to make your reindeer shine. Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won't you adorn my tree tonight?!

About the Author

Wendy A. Gardner

Wendy Ann Gardner loves dogs, cats, chickens, and pets of all kind. One day she met a French Bulldog, which inspired her to create the Vicious French Bulldog plush toy, and the Naughty Naughty Pets were born. She formed her company, Scary Stories Inc., and began selling Dig Ivan Dig, Heedley Pecked Me in the Eye, and all the other mischievous characters in her line of unique plush...


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