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Friday, April 18, 2008

12 Days of Christmas Crafts - Day 9 - Reindeer

We all know that the reindeer are a very big help to Santa come Christmas time, so no Christmas crafting would be complete without a reindeer project or two.


Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy cane
Pipe cleaner (Chenille Stem)
5mm pair of wiggle eyes
Glue
5mm Pom-pom

Instructions:
1. Take a pipe cleaner and cut in half.
2. Twist pipe cleaner around candy cane neck. Form pipe cleaner to look like antlers.
3. Glue pom-pom onto the end of candy cane hook. Pom-pom will form the nose of the reindeer.
4. Glue eyes just above pom-pom to give the reindeer life.


Light Bulb Reindeer

Light Bulb
Thin Ribbon
Brown Fun Foam or Felt
Paint
3/4-Inch Red Pom-pom
Glue

Instructions:
1. I put 3 layers of paper mache on my light bulb first. Although this is optional, I highly recommend it because this helps make the light bulb less fragile.
2. Paint the light bulb with light brown paint. Let the paint dry completely. I set the neck of the light bulb into an empty film container. This worked great while the paint dried!
3. With the neck of the light bulb pointing up, paint eyes and a mouth on the reindeer. Glue on the red, pom-pom nose.
4. Cut two antlers out of fun foam. Glue one to each side of the light bulb neck.
5. Form a loop with a piece of thin ribbon, about 10 - 12 inches long and glue it on the top, back edge of your reindeer head. This will be the hanger for your ornament.


Handprint and Footprint Reindeer

This version of Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer has a footprint head and two handprint antlers. Use a heavy paper, craft foam, or poster board for a longer lasting version.

To make the head, do one of the following:

  • Trace one of the child's feet on brown paper, craft foam, or poster board.
  • Trace one of the child's feet on white paper and allow child to paint or color it.
  • Dip child's foot in brown (washable) paint and stamp onto a piece of white paper.

To make the antlers, do one of the following:

  • Trace each of the child's hands on brown or beige paper, craft foam, or poster board.
  • Trace each of the child's hands on white paper and allow child to paint or color it.
  • Dip each of the child's hands in light brown/beige (washable) paint and stamp onto a piece of white paper.

Magic Reindeer Food

In a small Ziploc bag, mix:
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/4 cup sugar
sprinkle of red or green sugar crystals (for cake decorating)

Include this poem:
Sprinkle on the lawn at night
The moon will make it sparkle bright
As Santa's reindeer fly and roam
This will guide them to your home.


Puzzle Pin Reindeer

3 old puzzle pieces, 2 sm. 1 med. size
brown paint
2 small wiggly eyes.
1 sm. pom-pom
craft pin
glue

Instructions:
1. First paint the puzzle pieces brown and let dry.
2. When dry take the small puzzle pieces and glue them to the larger one in the corners only.
3. Attach the wiggly eyes and the pom-pom for the nose.
4. On the reverse of medium size puzzle piece, attach the craft pin.


Reindeer Crafts
http://familycrafts.about.com/od/reindeercrafts/

Clothespin Reindeer
http://crafts.kaboose.com/clothespin-reindeer.html

2 comments:

Amy said...

WOW! I can't believe you come up with something to write about Christmas every day! And, everything is so fun, and you have such great ideas! Thanks for a great site!

~ Amy @ Memoirs of a Mommy

(p.s. thanks for stopping by my blog!)

Storm said...

I am a Christmas fanatic! Thanks for the kind words.