Driftwood and Twig Reindeer Ornament

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 Try decorating with this easy-to-make Christmas reindeer ornament made of twigs and driftwood. 

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Making Christmas ornaments is a one of my favorite Christmas traditions. I used to make Christmas ornaments with my mom as a child, and I have continued the tradition with my own children. Rediscovering old handmade ornaments makes you so nostalgic. Sometimes their raggedy appearance after all those years makes them even more precious.

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This year I decided to continue the tradition with this handsome driftwood and twig reindeer.

Things You’ll Need

  • Driftwood (or branches) and twigs
  • X-acto knife or carving tool
  • Miter saw or small handsaw
  • Drill (optional)
  • Small screwdriver
  • Hot glue
  • Twine
  • Toothpick (optional)
  • Nail gun (optional)

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When planning out the shape of the reindeer, look for thicker pieces for the torso and the head. For the limbs, choose pieces that have a natural curvature.

Decide what areas need to be cut, and mark them with a pencil (arrows indicate where I cut).

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You can leave the pieces as they are, or if you wish, you can give them additional shape by carving them out a little. For the head, I decided to trim the front a little. If you are using driftwood, you will find that it is extremely easy to carve.

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When you are happy with the shape of the head, drill a small hole on the top of the head. Because the driftwood is so soft, I simply used a screwdriver to poke a hole.

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Start assembling the body by hot gluing the torso to the neck and the head. I found that the hot glue worked fine as a way of bonding the pieces, but if you would like to reinforce it, use a nail gun to attach the pieces after they have been glued.

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Using pieces with a natural curvature will make the limbs more realistic. You can add a little more shape by simply shaving down the front side of the hoof.

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I also carved a little scoop where the leg attaches to the torso. This helps the glue to bond.

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Attach the limbs.

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For the ears, I used some of my birch bark left over from this project. Just cut it into a tear shape (not pictured).

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It is now time to attach the twine by which it will hang. Just place some hot glue into the drilled hole.

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With a toothpick or small screwdriver, insert the twine, forming a loop.

At this time you will also glue the antlers to the top of the head.

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Add the tail…

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And you now have a handsome reindeer to adorn your tree and keep the handmade ornament tradition going in your family.

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Notice that you can omit the twine all together and make it into a small sculpture to display.

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Should you have any questions or need clarification , please leave a comment below or send me an email to craftberrybush@yahoo.com. I will respond as soon as I can.

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