This animal is symbolic and leaves the decor with a lovely touch.
Christmas coming up, and you’re still out of ideas for the date? A tip is to mobilize children to make handcrafted items. The Christmas reindeer is a Christmas symbol that inspires many DIY projects (do it yourself).
The origin of Christmas reindeer
Reindeer are animals that belong to the same family as deer and moose. In the Christmas stories, they are in charge of pulling Santa’s sleigh and therefore help with the distribution of gifts.
Christmas reindeer first appeared in a poem by Clement Clark More. In the text, the good older man calls each of his eight Reindeer by name: Runner, Dancer, Elevator, Fox, Comet, Cupid, Thunder, and Lightning.
Another famous reindeer often associated with Christmas is Rudolph, who became famous because of his red nose. The animal was a symbol of the Montgomery Ward department store in 1939. At the time, the mascot even printed the pages of a book as a gift to children for Christmas.
The book tells the story of Rudolph, a reindeer that other reindeers excluded because of her red nose. Once, Santa Claus asked Rudolph to lead his sleigh, as Christmas Eve was cold and with poor visibility.
The red nose lit up the good older man’s path and made possible a happy Christmas Eve for thousands of children. After the heroic act, Rudolph was accepted by the other Reindeer and became the leader of the group.
How to make felt Christmas reindeer?
- Felt pieces (medium brown, dark brown, white, red, and black);
- Needle and thread;
- Red ribbon and small bell;
- Fiber for filling;
- Printed Christmas Reindeer Template.
Step by step
Step 1. Mark the pattern on the felt pieces and cut correctly. First, sew the details of the Reindeer’s face as shown in the picture.
Make three stitches to join the white detail of the mouth and six stitches to make the detail of the body. Add the red nose with a red line stitch.
Step 2. Bring the two body parts together and sew the edges with brown thread. Leave space to add the filling.
Step 3. Position the headpieces close to the body and sew the edge, leaving a hole. Add filling. The union of the body and the head takes place by sewing the neck. Decorate the Reindeer’s neck with a red ribbon and bell.
Step 4. Sew the horns and attach the satin ribbon to hang the Reindeer.
Step 5: Decorate the Reindeer’s neck with a red satin ribbon and bell.
1 – Bottles of beer
The beer bottles were decorated with red pompoms (nose), fake eyes, and brown pipe cleaners (horns).
2 – Wood reindeer
This wooden Reindeer, which has a red bow around its neck, is part of the external Christmas decorations.
3 – Cardboard Reindeer
The living room wall can have a cardboard reindeer to get you in the Christmas mood. The piece is modern, different, and matches a Scandinavian decor style.
4 – Balls decorated with Reindeer
Customize the antique balls with reindeer designs. You will use your thumb in brown paint to make the paint.
5 – Mason Jar
The Mason Jar turns into incredible souvenirs at Christmas, as is the case with this bottle inspired by the Santa Claus reindeer figure. The finish is done with brown spray paint, and the horns take shape with ice cream sticks.
6 – Jar with sweets
This project is also a decorated glass bottle, except that the painting with brown paint is replaced by chocolate confectionery inside the package. Make the horns with pipe cleaners.
7 – Wood board
The wooden board is decorated with white paint and a reindeer stencil. It’s a real Christmas work of art, perfect for a rustic Christmas decoration.
8 – Reindeer with patterned fabrics
There are many models of decorative Christmas reindeer, such as this piece made with printed fabrics. With floral patterns, you create a beautiful and cheerful piece.
9 – Reindeer Balls
The Reindeer is a symbol of Christmas. Therefore, it cannot be missing in the decoration of the Christmas tree.
Paint clear glass balls with brown acrylic paint and decorate them with the features of a reindeer’s face. Use hot glue to fix eyes, red pompoms, and pipe cleaners.
10 – Lollipops
11 – Cushion
Even your sofa can incorporate the magic of Christmas; use pillows decorated with Reindeer. The silhouette of the animal that illustrates the piece was made with a patch of checkered fabric.
12 – Bottle caps
Many recyclable materials are reused at Christmas, such as bottle caps. This project took shape with sticks, fake eyes, and red buttons.
13 – Reindeer with checkered fabric
With plaid fabric, mini pine cones, felt, artificial branches, and white paint, you can make a modern and stylish reindeer. Find the complete tutorial with molding in A Wonderful Thought.
14 – Card
After printing the Christmas card template with Reindeer, ask each child to do their best to decorate. In this work, it is worth using colored pompoms, fake eyes, and a black pen.
15 – String art
The String Art is a kind of craft that is super high. How about bringing this idea to the Christmas context? You will need a wooden board, a reindeer head mold, embroidery thread, and nails.
16 – Christmas Reindeer in EVA
YOU MAKE A BEAUTIFUL REINDEER DECORATE THE PINE TREE with EVA in brown, red, black, white, and green.
17 – Brilliant Reindeer
Apply glossy paper to a reindeer-shaped wooden board. Then glue a ball with red sequins to simulate Rudolph’s nose.
18 – Reindeer with wooden logs
The LED Christmas reindeer is not the only option to decorate the front or backyard of the house. Use pieces of natural wood and twigs to create a lovely composition.
19 – Sticks
With just a few sticks and a red button, the child can raise a reindeer to play with. Find the tutorial at Fireflies and Mudpies.
20- Catch Reindeer
There’s a way to transform a clothespin into a charming little reindeer to decorate the pine tree.
21 – Felt reindeer with candy
Everyone will want to get this ornament from the Christmas tree; after all, the Reindeer has a Ferrero Rocher candy.
22 – Cinnamon stick
Cinnamon sticks form a beautiful reindeer ornament. In addition to decorating the tree, the piece leaves the house with a Christmas smell.
23 – Packages
Santa’s Reindeer inspired these Christmas gift wrappings. Use brown paper for this super creative project. Children will love it!
24 – Wine corks
A creative, accessible, and sustainable way to make Christmas reindeer is using wine corks.
25 – Toilet paper roll
Christmas is an excellent time to teach children about recycling. Use toilet paper rolls to make all the Reindeer pulling the good older man’s sleigh.
26 – Pinecones
In this project, pine cones were used to make a reindeer’s head. The ears were shaped with brown felt and the nose with a red pompom. Check out the tutorial at One Little Project.
27 – Reindeer Tag
The occasion calls for creative and personalized Christmas tags, such as this model decorated with peanut shells.