This whimsical flowerpot reindeer is a fun and simple craft that you can do with children as young as four. Make one as a playful centerpiece, or create a whole herd to decorate your mantle. This is a fast craft and should not take more than about 30 minutes from start to finish.
- Clay flowerpot, about 4 to 6 inches in diameter
- Medium brown pompom (about 1 inch in diameter)
- Small red pompom (1/2 inch in diameter or smaller)
- Big google eyes
- Brown craft foam
- Gold pipe cleaner
- Thin red ribbon
- Silk holly
- Craft glue
Cut antlers out of the craft foam. You can make them as large or as small as you wish. Remember, younger reindeer should have smaller antlers than the older ones.
Glue the google eyes on the flower pot. They will help you remember where the front of the reindeer is.
Glue the red pompom on top of the brown one. This will make your reindeer's snout and the end of his nose. Some people may prefer to use black pompoms for most of the reindeer's noses, and just give one a bright red nose.
Glue the back of the brown pompom to the flowerpot underneath the eyes. You may need to hold it in place for a minute until the glue sets.
Bend the gold pipecleaner into loops that are slightly smaller than the antlers. Leave enough pipecleaner at the bottom of the loops that you will be able to bend it back to make a "stand" to help hold the antlers up.
Glue a pipecleaner to the front of each of the antlers. The bottom inch or so of pipecleaner should hang off the bottom of the antler.
Glue the antlers to the top of the flowerpot. Run a line of glue down the bottom of each antler, and bend the hanging part of the pipecleaner back before gluing that down also. The antlers should stand straight up when you are done.
Top off your reindeer with a sprig of holly and a bright red bow. The holly should go on top of the head to cover up where the antlers are joined to the flowerpot. The bow can go on top of the head for a girl reindeer and on the rim of the pot as a "bow tie" for the boy reindeer.
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