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Homemade Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

finished reindeer 1

A favorite Christmas ornament motif is Santa's reindeer. This is a guide about homemade reindeer Christmas ornaments.


Video: Cork Reindeer Video

This decoration/ornament would be a great craft for kids to make this holiday season. In this video you will learn how to make it with step by step instructions. View the full project here: Cork Reindeer

Solutions: Homemade Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

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Cork Reindeer

finished reindeer 1

We have a huge bag of corks that we bought at a resale shop, so we have been trying to put them to good use. This adorable reindeer can be used as an ornament or even just set on a table top.

Approximate Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 1


  • 4 corks
  • 1 pipe cleaner (gold or brown)
  • 2 google eyes
  • 1 small red pompom
  • 1 small bell (optional)
  • knife
  • glue gun
cork reindeer supplies


  1. Take a cork and find the middle lengthwise. Mark it with a pencil and cut the cork in half. Repeat this with a second cork.
  2. cut cork in half
  3. Take two of your cork halves and cut them in half again so that you end up with 4 moon shaped pieces.
  4. quater corkcork parts
  5. Take another cork half and hot glue it to the side of a whole cork. Allow the cork half to hang over the edge of the other cork. This is your reindeer's head.
  6. glue head
  7. Now hot glue the quartered cork pieces onto the underside of the whole cork. These are the reindeer's legs.
  8. glue legs
  9. Cut your pipe cleaner so that you have a piece that is 4 inches long and one that is 2 inches long. Fold the 4 in. piece in half, forming a "v" shape.
  10. cut pipe cleaner
  11. Hot glue the "v" shaped piece of pipe cleaner to the back of the reindeer's head to form it's antlers. Then take your 2 in. piece, fold it in half, and twist it together to for a tail. By doubling up the pipe cleaner you have a more rigid wire to push into the back of the cork to form a tail. I recommend using a pen or pencil to make an initial hole in the cork, then apply a small amount of hot glue to the hole before trying to push the tail in. This will help hold it in place.
  12. finished body
  13. Finally apply the eyes to the head and the red pompom to the front of the head for it's nose. Then under the head, apply a blob of hot glue and push the bell into it. If you want to make it into an ornament, you can either attach a small eyelet screw to it's back and run a piece of string through, or you could hot glue a ribbon to it.
  14. finished reindeer 2

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Craft: Stocking Cap Ornament

Stocking Cap OrnamentThis is a recycled kids craft. The little ones can really get into this craft, and make something pretty to hang on the tree. Supplies are few.


By Harlean Greathouse

Craft: Tootsie Pop Reindeer

Easy to make Tootsie Pop Reindeer. My Tootsie Pop Snowman and Santa would not be complete without this cute Tootsie Pop Reindeer! This little guy would be adorable slipped under the ribbon on a gift for someone special or handed out at a Christmas Party!

Approximate Time: 15 minutes


  • scissors
  • hot glue gun
  • pompom, small (red)
  • google eyes (1/4 in.)
  • Tootsie pop
  • pipe cleaners (brown and metallic gold)
  • jingle bell (1/2 in.)



1. Antlers: Cut a 7" piece of brown pipe cleaner. Fold in half. Cut two 1.25" pieces of brown pipe cleaner. Wrap a short piece of pipe cleaner around each side of the longer piece, about 1" down from the ends.

2. Glue the base of the 'antlers' to the bottom of the Tootsie Pop. Bend the 'antlers' so that they follow the curve of the Pop. Glue 'antlers' again at the top of the 'head'. (See picture below.)

Back of Head

3. Cut a 3" piece of gold pipe cleaner. Thread the bell on to the pipe cleaner. Wrap around the base of the Tootsie Pop. Twist ends to secure.

4. Glue 'eyes' and 'nose' onto the reindeer's 'face'.

5. (Optional) Attach a piece of string to the back of it's 'head' to make him into an ornament.

NOTE: Other than needing to remove the Metallic pipe cleaner, everything will come off with the wrapper. Making this a great treat for even the youngest child!

By Laurel from Port Orchard, WA

Candy Cane Reindeer

Candy cane decorated with pipe cleaner, google eyes, and a pom pom.

Here's a wonderfully easy craft idea for kids and adults alike! You can use it for your tree, a gift to give, or anything you want! All you need are some candy canes, googly eyes, small pom poms, and brown pipe cleaner. One candy cane makes one reindeer.


  • candy canes
  • pipe cleaners
  • googly eyes
  • glue
  • small pom pom


  1. Simply twist a piece of pipe cleaner around the top of the candy cane.
  2. Then take two smaller pieces of pipe cleaner and twist one around the top of each of antler to give them more of an "antler" look.
  3. Glue two googly eyes to the front.
  4. Now glue a pom pom nose below the eyes and you're done!

They're delightful little reindeer to decorate your tree or house with, or to give away.

By Stacey from Orem, UT

Ruddy Reindeer Ornament

I saw one similar somewhere and took it a few steps further. The kids will really have fun making this quick ornament, a great teachers' gift or how about that neighbor you want to give a little something to.


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Question: Instructions for Reindeer Ornaments?

Does anyone have instructions to make a reindeer ornament using a green christmas tree light bulb and pipe cleaner for antlers, wiggly eyes and a pom pom for a nose? Would sure appreciate help.


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By karen (Guest Post)11/26/2006

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