Have you ever started a project thinking you’d hammer it out in an hour max? Boy was I wrong! Sunday evening, Princess A and I started working on reindeer Christmas ornaments for her friends, teachers, ballet instructors, Mama, Nana, Titi… the list goes on and on. What I thought was an hour-long project morphed into about 3 hours full of crafting, laughing, and Justin Bieber sing-a-long. I wouldn’t trade those moments for anything. I thanked Princess A about 100 times for spending the evening with me crafting. After the horrific events in CT last week, I can’t help but hug and kiss her incessantly. But I digress.
I remember when I was little making reindeer ornaments. They are relatively inexpensive to make and fun for the whole family. Before I started, I Googled “reindeer Christmas ornaments”. A gazillion results populated and I went with a modified version of Babyccino Kids reindeer ornament. Their images were good and just what I needed, inspiration.
I gathered all the supplies we needed:
– Non-roll clothespins
– Paint: brown, white, black
– Wax paper
– Black glitter
– Ribbon: red and white
– Pom poms: red and green
– Wood glue
– Googly eyes – small: black and green
– Snowflake accents
– Felt holly leaves
When I’m crafting I mass produce. I find this to be more efficient and makes sense for my brain. First, paint all 15 clothespins brown and place them on wax paper to dry. Next, paint the “antlers” on your remaining 15 clothespins white. When dry, paint the faces brown.
*** Pointer *** I wanted to finish all the reindeer in one evening so I busted out the hairdryer to help speed up the drying process.
Paint black hooves on the bottom tips of the reindeer. Let dry. Cover black hooves with white glue and apply black glitter.
Next, attach the clothespins together with wood glue. Squeeze them tightly and lay them on their side to dry together. I found that if you lay them down face-up, the top and bottom won’t adhere to each other. If you are successful, it should look something like this.
Now decorate! At this point it is up to you how you’d like your reindeer to look. We ran out of black googly eyes, but had some green ones from another project. Our green-eyed beauties, we used green pom poms to mix it up. The combinations are endless. Have fun!
Admire your work. Who needs an Elf on a Shelf when you have a reindeer in a Christmas tree?
& that’s a wrap. We hope you had as much fun as we did. Just in case you were wondering, our Justin Bieber sing-a-long included Baby, Eenie Meenie, and U Smile, among others. Nothing like the Biebs to keep a four-year old on track. Merry Christmas!
Love and peace,