Hi everyone, it’s Cindy from Little Miss Celebration! Tomorrow, it’s all about family, blessings, turkey & pumpkin pie and then – bam! Full-scale Christmas! I’m pretty crazy about all things Christmas and holiday crafting.
Today, I’m sharing a super easy craft that the whole family can enjoy:
Brimming with holiday charm and cheer, Candy Cane Chenille Reindeer are totally adorable! Who says reindeer have to be brown? We can totally let our imaginations run wild at Christmas!
For one reindeer, we need:
- Three candy-cane striped chenille stems (from Michaels
- Three ½” ready-made white pompoms
- One 7mm red pompom
- Two small googly eyes
- Two small silver jingle bells
- Thin wire
- 1/8” red satin ribbon
- Low-temp glue gun & glue sticks
Mom and Dad, you’ll want to supervise or handle the hot glue, of course!
Cut two chenille stems in half for four pieces. Curve two cut, pieces into an inverted “V” shape. Bend the bottom of the curved stem out to the side, which will be the reindeer feet. Try to make sure the curved shapes and feet are pretty even, so the reindeer will stand.
Take another cut half of chenille stem, which will be the body. Bend up a piece at the back for the tail; twist the inverted V shapes around the back and front for the legs.
With the third, uncut chenille stem, tightly coil about 1/2 of the stem into a circle shape and bend the rest of the stem to the back; it looks like a lollipop! The coiled circle will be the reindeer face and the rest of the stem, the neck. Wind the “neck” of the reindeer to front of the body. Take the last, cut piece of chenille stem and bend into an open V shape for the antlers. Attach the antlers to the back of the face with a little hot glue.
Add a white pompom to the tail and the end of each antler. Glue two small googly eyes to the face and a red pompom nose.
Thread two small, silver jingle bells onto thin wire and wrap the wire around the reindeer neck. You could also use thin fishing line or very thin ribbon.
Finish the reindeer with red bow tied around the neck.
Create one for your whole family and give each reindeer its own personality! Make some antlers taller or shorter and you can make some of the deer bodies longer or shorter, too. Give the does a little, tiny red bow on their heads! My hubby asked me why this girl reindeer has uneven antlers…this one is mine and she’s quirky, like me!
Add a thread to the neck and hang them on the tree. Put one with a food gift as an extra treat. How cute would these be at each place setting for Christmas dinner! They’ll add a touch a holiday whimsy AND be one adorable Christmas favor!
Thanks to Claire – and to you – for letting me share this fun holiday craft! Jingle bells are ringing over at Little Miss Celebration and I’d love you to stop by anytime for more fun, holiday ideas.
I’m taking a holiday break in December, but I’ll see you in January! Wishing each of you and your families a very happy & blessed Thanksgiving, and a holiday season filled with joy, family and love!