This year, I am hosting my entire family for Christmas dinner on Christmas Eve. This is my first time hosting everyone and I am pretty excited to cook and have everything all pretty in my house for when they come. My only problem is that I don’t really have very many Christmas table setting things or even stuff that would make my tablescape look more festive. I thought what the heck could I do that would be great for the kids coming and my 5 and for the adults as well (these will be in another post in a few days) and all of a sudden a craft idea was born. So without any more yabbering on my part, here are the instructions for my DIY Reindeer placeholders for the kids.
Reindeer Materials List (all materials were purchased at Dollar Tree or Dollarama):
wooden clothespins (2 per reindeer)
Pipe Cleaners (you can choose any colour you prefer, I went with red)
Sparkly red foam balls (You can also use red pom poms instead)
Brown acrylic paint (optional, if you want to paint a few dark brown)
Brown Felt sheet
Ribbon or tiny red bows (also optional if you wish to make girl reindeer)
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Cut out felt “ears” for each reindeer you are making by cutting out petals of a flower with a flat end on one side and rounded at the other
- Glue two wooden clothespins together at the end that opens (opposite so one is up and the other is down) like the image below
- Next, glue the big red foam ball onto the side of the clothespin with the long side pointing up to make up the face of the reindeer
- Next glue on the googly eyes even with the metal spring on the top as they will cover the metal spring and look perfectly centered too
- Next, take a pipe cleaner and bend it into an antler shape and glue it down into the opening at the top of clothespin
- Optional – you can use brown paint to paint some of your reindeer so they are dark brown instead of the regular light brown of the clothespin, just do right after you glue the two clothespins together
- Optional – you can put a bow on them to make them girl reindeer or you can use small red bows as bow ties for the boys
PIN FOR LATER
I can’t wait to have these set out on the kids’ plates before dinner with their crackers this year. I hope they love them as much I loved making them!
Do you have any special table decorations that you love to put out for Christmas?