Create Your Own Reindeers

Reindeers are a fun and exciting Christmas decoration for your children to make.

You will need:

One toilet roll tube per reindeer
White card
Pencil
Sellotape
Scissors
Brown paint
Black marker pen

Begin by marking out in pencil where you want the 4 feet to go at the bottom of your toilet roll tube. Once you have done that, cut out an arch shape between the feet. Use this arch shape as a template to cut out the other legs.

Cut approximately the top third off the toilet roll, keeping a longer neck for your reindeer.

Draw an oval shape for the reindeer’s head onto your piece of white card. Draw two fairly large ear shapes about a third of the way down. Eventually you will want to fold the head along the ears in order to attach the antlers so bear this in mind when drawing your head. If you are making more than one reindeer, then use the first head shape as a template.

Paint the toilet roll tube and head with brown paint. Leave to dry.

To make the antlers, fold the piece of white card as below:

Draw half an antler shape along the fold.

Cut it out, then unfold the card to reveal the complete antler. Use this as a template for the second antler.

Add the eyes and nose using a black marker pen.

Fold the head shape along the line of the ears and cut two small slits for the antlers.

Slot the antlers into the slits and sellotape in place.

Using the sellotape, stick the head onto the reindeer’s neck.

my toddler and I had a lot of fun making our reindeers and they make fantastic festive decorations. If we were making them again, I would use a lighter brown paint, as then the eyes and mouth would show up better. We hope you enjoy making these with your children. You could put them up around the house, or make a small hole in them, add a pretty ribbon and hang them on your Christmas tree.

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