Nature Craft - Twig Reindeer

These nature-inspired Reindeer would make cute decorations for your home or sweet gifts for family & friends. They're simple to make & a fab eco-friendly craft for Christmas.

We recently picked up some wooden place card holders from a local Scrapstore, I guess they were once used for a wedding or other function & no longer needed but I knew they'd be useful to us for something, although I had no idea at the time they'd become reindeer! The other day we noticed how some of the fallen twigs in our garden looked like little antlers, & the wooden place holders came back into my mind. 

You can pick up similar wooden stands from eBay, or at local craft stores. Make sure you check out your local Scrapstore too, they're always a real treasure trove for crafters, full of amazing items which can be recycled, preventing them from ending up in a landfill. If you're in the UK you can find your nearest one here: Scrapstores Directory 

To make our Reindeer antlers we used a couple of small twigs to fit into the slot at the top of the wooden stand. The slots are narrow (obviously they're designed for paper/card) so unless the twigs are super thin they'll need a little help to make them fit. We used a pair of scissors to carefully cut diagonally across the bottom of the twigs which created a narrow point perfect to slot into the wooden holder.

All our reindeer needed now were noses. We were thinking Rudolph when we made these so obviously the noses needed to be red. We used some small red wooden beads which we attached with a hot glue gun, but you could use a small ball of red tissue paper, or mini pompoms. To finish our deers we added some eyes which we drew on with a Sharpie.

We've made a few of these now & have a herd of reindeer ready & waiting to fly off to friends & family for Christmas. I hope they love them as much as we do.

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