Check it Out! Having lost a majority of our Christmas decorations to the fire, I have been thinking of ways to fill in those blank spots on the tree! I am not particularly fond of just plain ball ornaments and I love to have handmade ornaments on our tree as well. Thanks to my mom I have a box of ornaments that the kids had made over the years and gave her, and in that box was an ornament that we made around 7 years ago, a popsicle stick Reindeer. We actually made about 60 of these one year to give to all three of my kids classmates for Christmas and the kids loved them! We added a little message to the back with glitter glue and my kids really enjoyed being able to give everyone in their class a little something!
These ornaments are easy to make and would be great for group activities too. Here is how we made them...
- Popsicle sticks - 5 per ornament
- Brown felt
- Cream or Tan felt
- Wiggle eyes
- Red .5 inch PomPom
- Glue - I used hot glue, but you could use any kind of glue, including glue dots
- Step 1: I pre-cut my pieces so that the kids could just add them on without having to cut stuff out. For each Reindeer you will need 5 sticks, 1 triangle brown piece, 1 small triangle cream piece, 2 little ovals of brown felt for the ears, 2 eyes, 1 pompom and a piece of yarn for the hanger.
- Step 2: Arrange three popsicle sticks into a triangle to create the head and glue them together as seen in the pic. You can now use this to get your brown felt triangle size. Just cut to fit inside the large triangle.
- Step 3: Flip the triangle over and glue on 2 more sticks in an upward V shape to create the antlers.
- Step 4: Flip it back over and glue on your brown felt square.
- Step 5: Add a red pom pom to the tip of the triangle to create the nose and add a small triangle of cream felt to accent the reindeer's forehead.
- Step 6: Add the two little oval pieces to the top corners of the triangle to create the reindeer's ears.
- Step 7: Add the wiggle eyes.
- Step 8: Glue on a piece of yarn to create the hanger.
Cute and easy, my fave kind of craft to do with the kids and this is something that we will get to enjoy year after year as we bring it back out to hang on the tree!