[This project comes to us from Lori Knowles of http://happybirdscraftinghaven.com. Thanks Lori!]
From the time I was a little girl, I have always loved creating things. Remember those retro crafts, such as tile ash trays, yarn-wrapped hangers and macramé plant holders? I guess that’s where it all began with me. I was a teenager when I bought a book on how to Macramé. No computers in those days! I studied the book and was soon making plant holders for friends and relatives. I felt such a sense of joy from being able to create something that people were proud to display in their homes. From that time on, I was hooked! I’m not a master crafter at any one thing…I’m just a crafter who loves to dabble in a little of everything! My blog is exactly that! It’s for the person who has a passion for creating simple projects and has a love for giving and sharing. After all, isn’t that what crafting is all about?
Since we only have 91 days until Christmas, I thought you’d enjoy making this simple reindeer ornament. See step by step instructions below. Enjoy!
1. Roll a 4 x 3-1/4 square of tan or light brown felt into a tube shape. Place a narrow stripe of hot glue down the back part and seal. You don’t have to roll it up extra tight. Just roll it. Once you have it rolled up, you may want to snip the top and bottom to even it up, if it needs it.
2. For the reindeer’s snow cap, I bought the cheap stretchy gloves. I believe they were $1.46 for two pairs at Wal-Mart and they made 20 caps. Cut off the fingers on the gloves and snip a little off at the bottom. Roll up the bottom part up a couple times to make the brim of the cap. You can buy the gloves in red, green…any colors you want. For the reindeer, I cut a 5 inch piece of fuzzy pipe cleaner and bent it in half. I then pushed it inside the snow cap and it popped through without a problem. Next, bend the pipe cleaner to look like antlers.
3. I then hot glued a red pom-pom on top of the cap. Lastly, place the cap on top of the felt roll. Surprisingly, you won’t have to hot glue the cap on the head. It fits nice and snug! OPTIONAL: If you’d like, you can add a brad or sequin star on the front of the snow cap. (If using a brad, snip off the back of the brad with wire cutters.) You may also want to add a touch of ultra-fine glitter to the cap.
4. I bought small bottles of puffy paint (dimensional fabric paint) in shiny black and shiny Christmas red. I used shiny black for the eyes and mouth, shiny red for the nose.
5. Next, wrap a plaid strip of fabric around his neck. I tied it once and cut fringe at the ends.
6. Lastly, I tied gold ornament/bead thread around the top of the red pom-pom. Now you have a cute, lightweight reindeer ornament to hang on your tree!