Thursday, November 29, 2012

Reindeer Christmas Items for kids to make

Here is just the first group of Reindeer items for kids to make for Christmas.

Puzzle Piece Reindeer Ornament

Materials:  Old Puzzle Pieces, Paint, Craft Glue, Pom-poms, Wiggle Eyes, Ribbon, Chenille Stems,  Jingle Bell, Paint Brush,  Scissors, and Clear Acrylic Spray (optional - not pictured)

Start off by painting your puzzle pieces. For my reindeer, I painted 2 puzzle pieces brown. Let the paint dry.

To make your reindeer's head, glue one puzzle piece on top of the other as shown in the photo. Be generous with the glue. Once the glue is dry, flip your puzzle pieces over and add more glue where the pieces join together just to make it a little stronger. Once all of the glue is dry, you can give your ornament a protective coating using clear acrylic spray if you desire.

Glue a pom-pom onto the reindeer's head as shown. This will be the nose.
Simply glue two wiggle eyes into place.

Cut a piece of ribbon that is 8- to 10-inches long. Take your ribbon, fold it in half, and glue the ends to the top back of your reindeer. This will be your loop for hanging the ornament.

To make your reindeer's antlers, start out by cutting a chenille stem in half. Fold each half in half, and use the photo as a guide form forming them into antlers.

Use a generous amount of glue and attach the antlers to the back side of the reindeer's head.

To add a couple finishing touches to my reindeer ornament, make a little bow using ribbon and glued it to the top of the reindeer's head along with a jingle bell. You can leave your reindeer plain, embellish it, or use your own creative ideas. Once all of the glue is dry, hang up your ornament and enjoy!

Clothespin Reindeer Ornament

Depending on the age of the child adult supervision may be required.

Materials:  Cardboard, 3 Clothes pins, glue gun, acrylic paint brown, googly eyes, jingle bell, pom-pom, and ribbon or you can purchase reindeer ornaments at Oriental Trading kit.

Cut the head and the body out of cardboard (freehand) and let the kids paint both sides of them brown. The kids also painted the three clothespins.

Used a glue gun to glue on the eyes and the nose or you could probably use regular glue. Clip the clothespins legs onto the body. Clip the ribbon (for hanging the ornament) inside the third clothespin and clipped it onto the front of the body. (It will hold the head and will be the antlers.) Take another piece of ribbon and tied it onto the jingle bell.

Finally, glue the head on the front clothespin and glued the jingle bell just below on the paperclip.

Reindeer complete!

Reindeer Rule

Materials:  wooden ruler(s), 1/2" wood button plug, two cacti wood cutouts, sanding block, acrylic paint:  chocolate brown, white, black, red
spray paint: textured brown, Plaid Extreme Glitter: red
stylus for dotting eyes, appropriate sized paintbrushes, (1" wash or sponge roller for rulers, 1/2" wash for noses, liner brush for mouths), glue gun and glue sticks,
8" length of ribbon for scarf

Base coat the rulers with two coats of chocolate brown acrylic paint.  Use a sponge roller to apply the base coat.

To give the antlers a little texture – so I sprayed them with Rust-oleum
textured spray paint.

Paint the button plugs red, and adds a thick coat of Extreme Glitter.
Use a paintbrush handle to dot the eyes with white.
Once the larger white dots have dried completely, use a stylus to dot the centers of the eyes with black.

Use the glue gun to attach the nose and the cacti for the antlers;
then use the liner brush and apply the mouth with thinned white paint.
To finish, tie the ribbon around the reindeer's neck.

Reindeer Thumbprint Coffee Cup


Materials:  Coffee cup, Enamel paint, and Sharpie

Before you begin wash your coffee cup and remove the sticker from the bottom of the cup. Once completely dry decide where to place your reindeer thumb prints. Paint the thumb with brown paint. Coat it well to get a good print, and then press evenly onto mug. Allow paint to dry.

After it is dry using a black Sharpie put antlers on the reindeer, draw eyes on the face and write the name of the person under the thumbprint. Next use the red paint to place dots on the thumbprint for the nose.

Before baking you may write any message along the bottom of the cup. “Merry Christmas”, but you may write your own message making it more meaningful to your family. Don’t forget the date!

Once everything is on the cup, place on a cookie sheet in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. This will set your design. Let cool completely before handling. It will be very hot.

The cup can be used for drinking. I would hand washing only.

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