For the first time, our kids are old enough to get really excited about Christmas for all different reasons. They’re no longer so little that the season kind of sneaks up on them while they blink in bewilderment that they’ve suddenly been give a bunch of new things. This year, they’re all singing carols, wanting to help decorate the house, and requesting holiday flavoured sweets and dishes! The thing they’re the most excited about and honestly kind of obsessed with, however, is the idea of reindeer visiting the house. That’s why we’ve been keeping our eyes peeled for adorable reindeer crafts to help them make over the Christmas break!
Just in case your kids love Christmas reindeer just as much as we do, if not more, here are 15 of the cutest and most fun looking ideas that we’ve come across so far in our search.
1. Reindeer mason jar with handprint antlers
Mason jar crafts are always a big hit in our house. There are just so many possibilities for what you can make and how! That’s why we knew instantly, before we’d even showed them the idea, that these mason jar and handprint reindeer created by Raising Little Super Heroes would be a huge success with our kids.
2. R is for reindeer
Are you the kind of crafty parent who loves to use DIY projects as an opportunity for learning other things whenever you can? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get along quite well indeed with this adorable “R is for reindeer” themed paper craft outlined step by step on Crafty Morning! Here’s another opportunity to turn your kids’ hands into antlers, which is always fun.
3. Super easy light up Rudolph ornament
Are your kids the kind of avid little home decorators that are enthusiastic about hanging just about everything they’ve ever made all over the house, especially when the Christmas tree is up? In that case, we have a feeling you’ll get along very well indeed with the way Left Brain Craft Brain outlines a pipe cleaner reindeer that they can take right to the tree and pop easily onto one of the lights! Rudolph has never looked so good.
4. Canning jar reindeer lid magnets
If you’re going to spend a lot of time throughout the holidays getting crafty with your kids, would you love the chance to do some upcycling while you’re at it? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Living Well Mom made use of their old canning jar lids by covering them in felt, decorating them like reindeer, and sticking a magnetic strip on the back to make adorable holiday fridge magnets!
5. Sponge painted reindeer wrapping paper
Just in case you’d like to join in on the fun and actually help your kids make something holiday themed that you’ll really use, here’s an awesome tutorial from Artsy Craftsy Mom that will help you wrap this year’s gifts in a more unique way! Check out how they created little reindeer print all over some brown paper by doing a bit of sponge painting, then drawing the antlers and eyes and adding bright pompom noses.
6. Craft stick and pipe cleaner reindeer
Were you intrigued by the idea of helping your kids make reindeer ornaments for the tree but the lights you have get a little bit hot do you’re not sure you want to put anything directly on them like you saw before? Then we’d suggest looking at how Fireflies and Mud Pies made these fantastic popsicle stick and pipe cleaner triangle reindeer instead! They hang on the tree very well too if you make a little string loop on each one.
7. Yarn ball reindeer
Yarn crafts have always been popular in our house because we’re such avid knitters that our kids have always had access to scrap yarn in mass quantity. We’re sure you can imagine just how excited we were, then, to come across this adorable yarn wrapped ball idea from This Mama Loves! They show you how to wrap the ball and transform it into a reindeer after.
8. Egg carton reindeer
Just in case you’re still thinking about how much you’d love to make an upcycling craft or two this holiday season, here’s one that will put the empty egg carton in your recycling bin to good use! We love how simple and amusing these funny little reindeer outlined step by step on Crafty Morning are. Each little cup in the carton becomes one of the reindeer pulling Santa’s sleigh!
9. Walnut reindeer ornament
Are you very into this whole idea of turning something unused into an adorable reindeer ornament that will help brighten your home and keep your kids amused but you’d actually rather get crafty with something a little more interesting than whatever’s currently in the recycling box? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Moms and Crafters made a cute reindeer from something as simple as a walnut!
10. Rudolph the spoon reindeer
Maybe upcingling really is the direction you’d like to go in but you just haven’t quite seen an idea that held your whole attention yet? Then here’s another one for your consideration. Take a look at how Mom Unleashed transformed simple plastic spoons into funny reindeer puppets using paint, gift ribbon, pom poms, goodly eyes, and a bit of construction paper.
11. Salt dough footprint reindeer
If you’re going to make something from scratch with your kids, would you rather keep them totally enthralled by making something really hands-on and from scratch? Then we think this salt dough footprint reindeer will be right up your alley! We adore the way Fun Handprint Art teaches you how to make the dough homemade and the steps for making the craft happen.
12. Bottle cap reindeers
Just in case you’re still into the idea of upcycling to make your crafty reindeer but you just haven’t seen a project that works with something you’ve got on hand just yet, here’s another idea for your consideration! We love the way The Country Cottage Chic turned their old metal bottle tops into funny reindeer ornaments using ribbon, buttons, googly eyes, and twigs from the yard to make antlers!
13. Cardboard tube reindeer
Toilet paper roll crafts are another classic that always go over well with our kids, no matter the theme of the project they’re making. We’re sure it’ll come as no surprise, then, that these fantastic toilet roll reindeer outlined step by step on Raising Little Superheroes were no exception! Our kids have actually already made these already this holiday season and there’s currently an army of them sitting on our mantel.
14. Paper plate reindeer craft
Just like the toilet paper rolls, paper plate reindeer are another example of holiday crafts made in classic DIY techniques that will never get old. We love the way Crafty Morning cut their plate into shapes and sections to make a reindeer body and head they can embellish, rather than just working with the rounded plate as a whole.
15. Pine cone reindeer ornaments
Were you pretty intrigued by the natural appeal of making a little reindeer Christmas ornament out of a walnut but you actually have to avoid nuts of all kind on your house because one of your family members is allergic? Then maybe you’d get along a little better with something like this funny pine cone reindeer ornament outlined step by step on Fireflies and Mud Pies! We adore his little pom pom nose.