Are you kids home for winter break and you have no idea how to fill the time with them? With the coming cold weather, kids spend a lot of time inside which causes a buildup of restless. Giving your kids an excellent creative outlet can help turn a dreary day into a lifelong memory.
Luckily, the coming Christmas holiday gives plenty of good excuses for arts and crafts projects. When the weather turns gross, you can set the bad luck into a beautiful opportunity to teach a love of crafting. In this article, we will be focusing specifically on reindeer crafts.
What Are Reindeer Crafts?
What would Santa be without his trusty reindeer companions? Everyone loves the distinct look of the flying animal. So, why not make some of them for the holiday season? Your kids will love them, plus they add a nice homey feel to any holiday house decorations.
The reindeer crafts on this list include any craft project that looks like a reindeer. They can be drawings, paintings, sculptures or similar mediums. All the works on this list are easy enough for a child to complete, but they should always complete under the supervision of adults.
We include this rule since some of the project use potentially dangerous items like a hot glue gun.
Why Make These Reindeer Crafts?
Simply put, you and your children can make these reindeer with minimal material and effort. Plus, they add a nice festive glow to your house. Everyone loves the homey feel of handmade Christmas decorations.
Crafting your ornaments or decorations makes them much more special than boring store-bought brands. And, if you keep it safe, then you will always have something to remember them by when they grow up.
While some crafts require a lot of hands-on guidance, most of these projects only need following instructions and some creative thought. However, keep in mind that some reindeer crafts on this list use a hot glue gun, which should always be used either by a parent or with significant help from a parent.
Still, we feel that these reindeer crafts can be an excellent way for you to gradually introduce your child to crafting concepts like the hot glue gun. That way, later on, they can use the tool itself for crafts of their own, or school projects.
How to Make Fun Reindeer Crafts
Now, without further delay, let us start making some reindeer crafts. In this section, we briefly list the project, how you can make it and all the necessary equipment you will need for making it. If you want more detail instructions, then go to the blog spot listed in the title. These are our top five favorite selections, but there are plenty more crafts out there so keep looking if you want some non-reindeer related crafting projects.
1) Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer Craft from FantasticFunAndLearning
All that you need for this toilet paper roll reindeer is a few household items and some creativity. Take the toilet paper rolls, cutting one into a quarter. Then, glue the brown construction paper around the sides. Once the paper becomes secure, it is time to attack the head to the torso.
Glue these two pieces on top of each other like a head on top of a body. Use the clothing pin line to hold them together while they dry. You can also secure the head more readily my piercing a small stick through it — kind of like a sandwich. Now it is time to attach the rest of the body parts.
When you make the antlers use the brown pipe cleaner. The red puff ball will serve as a nose, and the eyes are self-explanatory. Break up the little sticks and glue them to the bottom of the body toilet paper roll.
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2) Reindeer Paper Plate Art from Education.com
First thing is first, allow your child to start painting the paper plates a brown paint. After they finish this step, then trace your child’s hands onto brown construction paper and cut them out — there will be the antlers. Next, cut out ears from the tan felt, and then cut out a slightly larger version.
The felt will serve as the inner ear — glue it onto the larger piece of construction paper. Once the paint of the plates dries, the glue on the googly eyes. Then glue the bright red pom onto the small plate near the top.
After you finish this, then glue on the antlers to the back plate using a hot glue gun and the smaller plate, the larger plate. Attack the string in the back using a hole puncher and then hang them up around the house.
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3) Pushpin Reindeer from MakinBacon
The pushpin reindeer are quick, cute and fun, but you will need a glue gun. If you want to get started, then take the two pushpins and flip them upside down and glue them on top of each other. This process will give the appearance that one pushpin is the head and antlers and the other is the body and legs.
Imagine looking at it from a frontal view. From here, glue the eyes and pom poms on so the reindeer now has a face. Then, if you feel like getting fancy, you can wrap a ribbon around their neck and tie a bell to it. This step will give them a beautiful feel.
Make as many of these as you want. Then when you have enough, attach the reindeer onto a string and hang them from the walls. The more you make, the better it looks.
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4) Egg Carton Reindeer from Crafty Morning
These egg carton reindeer are as cute as an egg. If you want to get started, then cut out individual holders from the cartoon. Then, turn them over and paint them brown. Set them aside to dry and then get your other supplies ready. Glue on the red pom for a nose and the googly eyes.
Finally, cut out ears and antlers from the brown construction paper. Then glue them on towards the top of the egg carton. You will want to use hot glue during this process. Otherwise, you might find it difficult making the ears and antlers stay attached to the head.
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5) Pine Cone Reindeer Ornament from Fireflies and Mudpies
Take a little bit of the outdoors and put it back on your Christmas tree. But, this time spruce it up a little in a reindeer costume. While your child glues on the eyes and red pom poms onto the base of the pine cone (where the pines bunch together the thickest), prepare the antlers.
You can prepare the antlers by tying two brown pieces of pipe cleaner together. Or, you can get your child to help you. Fold one large piece into a V and then wrap the smaller pieces of pipe cleaner. Next, glue the antlers on the top of the pinecone.
Congrats! You finished making the reindeer ornament. Now all you need to do is tie it to a string. Once you complete this step, you can attach it to the tree.
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Reindeer Craft Conclusion
We hope this article helped inspire you to get started on making some reindeer crafts. These types of crafts are essential because they can teach your children about valuable craft skills like cutting, gluing and decorating. Also, if you are lucky, then you can inspire a lifelong love of crafting projects.
Teaching children that they can make things with their hands can be an excellent gateway to sewing, repair and art skills. So, while a few paper plates and some glue might not seem like a big deal, they can provide your child with a fun-filled activity and potentially a lifelong love of art. Now get out there and start crafting with your kids!