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Wooden Reindeer Christmas Decoration

This reindeer with his warm scarf is all ready for the big snow. There are only 2 pieces of wood to cut out for this project and the rest is simple painting, a little drilling and adding the scarf. The decoration is skinny, so it will fit well on a not so deep shelf or mantel.



Wooden Reindeer Christmas Decoration

Time required to make one reindeer: about 3 hours because of the drying time of the paint, otherwise it is quickly sawed out and assembled

Difficulty Level: Easy for experienced sawers,  novice sawers may have a little difficulty sawing the antlers, but otherwise easy as well

Material List:

- 1 cm thick wood for the reindeer and base
- sandpaper
- brown paint and a dab of white paint for the white of the eye
- water
- paint brush
- toothpick to dot the eye
- red and white striped knitted tube or use Christmas ribbon


Wooden Reindeer Pieces
1. Saw out the reindeer to a size you wish and cut out the base piece to be slightly longer than the reindeer and about 5 centimeters wide. Sand the pieces if necessary before continuing.

2. Thin your paint down with water (about 70% water and 30% paint) to create a stain. Paint at least 2 coats of it on all sides of the reindeer and the base piece. Each additional coat will darken the reindeer a little more subtle. You can add more than 2 coats if you like if you would like the decoration a little darker.

3. Then dry brush the edges of both pieces with undiluted brown paint. Dot the eye first with brown paint on the reindeer and once that that is dry, make a tiny dot of white on the eye as a highlight.

4. Mark and drill a hole centered in both bottom feet of the reindeer. Mark the holes on the base piece and drill holes through it too. Then screw the base to the reindeer.

5. Tie a knitted tube or piece of ribbon around the reindeer neck as a scarf if you like.




Christmas Wood Craft Project - Reindeer Decoration
This decoration does not take up a lot of space.

Christmas Decoration - Wooden Reindeer Craft
A ribbon tied around the reindeer neck also looks lovely.

Reindeer Wood Craft for Christmas

Reindeer Template
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