In our house, this is prime time for some holiday themed crafting! Our kids get very excited indeed when it comes to making things that are themed after their favourite Christmas characters. This year, the only things they haven’t paid homage to through crafting is reindeers, so we’ve been on the hunt for some adorable reindeer crafts that we can help them make during their time off school leading up to Christmas Eve.
Are you feeling just as enthusiastic as we are about the idea of making some reindeer themed crafts with your kids, if not more? Check out these 15 awesome ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. Pinecone reindeer ornaments
One of the best things we ever did for fostering creativity in our kids was showing them how to get creative with nature! There’s just something about making things from unconventional supplies that they really love. That’s why these adorable pinecone reindeer ornaments outlined step by step on Fireflies and Mud Pies were such a great hit in our house!
2. Light up pipe cleaner Rudolph Christmas ornaments
Do you love the idea of making a reindeer themed Christmas ornament with your kids but you don’t have access to any pinecones right now? Well, if your kids are even half the bright and shiny lovers that ours are then we’d be willing to bet that you’ll get along quite well with this light-up idea outlined in just a few easy steps on Left Brain, Craft Brain! They show you how to use pipe cleaners and two googly eyes to make the shape of a reindeer around the pointed bulbs on a string of Christmas lights. Suddenly you have a set of Rudolphs!
3. Popsicle stick reindeer ornaments
Do your kids always seem to have a little more fun when the things you’re making together involve more than one kind of supply that they can combine creatively? Well, if you can get your hands on some crafting popsicle sticks, a little red button, some brown pipe cleaner, and some googly eyes, then you’ve got everything you need to make this awesome reindeer ornament outlined in detail on Fireflies and Mud Pies!
4. Cute standing wine work reindeer
Have we actually really caught your attention with the idea of crafting using slightly unconventional materials but we just haven’t shown you an idea that’s fully held your attention yet? In that case, we’d suggest saving up your wine bottle corks whenever you crack a bottle open at dinner and then taking a look at Simplemost made these cute standing reindeer that will look great on a side table or mantle!
5. Yarn wrapped clothespin reindeer craft
If you’re any kind of yarn crafting enthusiast like we are, then we’d be willing to bet that you have an extensive scraps stash just like we do! Consider putting that to good use this holiday season by trying your hand at this easy yarn wrapping reindeer craft complete with clothespin antlers. Get the details for making your own version on I Heart Crafty Things!
6. Reindeer footprint craft
Are your kids the kinds of hands-on crafters who will take any opportunity to get a little bit messy? Well, what if we told you that you could use a reindeer craft to get hands-on with their feet instead? Check out this awesome tutorial from Emma Owl that teaches you how to make this funny reindeer footprint craft that gave our own kids the first-time experience of sticking their feet in paint just for fun!
7. Kids’ puzzle piece reindeer ornament
Are you the kind of crafter who loves to turn just about any project you have into an opportunity for upcycling? Then we think you’ll get a real kick out of the way That’s What Che Said turned old puzzle pieces into cute reindeer Christmas tree ornaments! Check out their tutorial to see how they made these adorable little characters from three pieces each, two googly eyes, and a pom pom nose.
8. Accordion reindeer craft with template
Like most kids, are your little ones giant fans of simple paper based crafts? Ours are too, so we certainly can’t say we blame them. That’s why we loved this cute reindeer themed idea from Kids Craft Room so much! Their tutorial shows you in neat, easy detail how to fold strips of paper accordion fashion and embellish them to make funny little standing reindeer with pom pom noses.
9. 3D construction paper reindeer
Have we really intrigued you with this whole idea of making standing paper reindeer but you’re just not sure that your kids are quite ready for the intricacies of accordion folds? In that case, we think you just might get along a little better with this simplified version from Easy Peasy and Fun that involves arched paper with a little bit of bounce to it instead!
10. Toilet roll and handprint reindeer
Have we caught your attention the best so far with this whole idea of using crafting as an opportunity for upcycling but you don’t have any spare puzzle pieces lying around right now? Then perhaps something simpler and more common would work better for you! We’d suggest reaching into your recycling bin and grabbing an empty toilet paper roll! Check out how The Resourceful Mama turned that and a couple of traced handprints into this adorable DIY reindeer project that’s perfect for little kids.
11. Paper plate reindeer craft
Part of the reason upcycling in crafting is so much fun is that it crosses over so well with some of the most classic kids’ crafting techniques! This awesome project from Easy Peasy and Fun is the perfect example of what we mean. Their tutorial shows you step by step how to make this adorable reindeer project from simple paper plates.
12. Easy candy cane and pipe cleaner reindeer craft
If you’re going to get crafty with the kids this holiday season, would you rather make it something that’s so simple they and all their friends or cousins could do it all by themselves? Then we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Everyday Best made these adorable candy cane reindeers that are both a fun craft and a delicious snack!
13. Classic clothespin reindeer
Just in case you’re still not over the idea, here’s another awesome idea that’s got a little bit of upcycling for you in the same place as that cute reindeer theme your kids love so much! This tutorial from Fireflies and Mud Pies shows you step by step how to make a cute standing reindeer from two vintage style wooden clothespins, some felt, and a pom pom!
14. Rudolph spoons craft
Did we really catch your attention when we suggested making funny little DIY reindeer from disposable kitchenware but you don’t actually have any paper plates lying around? Then reach for the plastic spoons instead! Mom Unleashed is here to show you just how easy these little spoon reindeer puppets were to make.
15. Paper reindeer finger puppet
In our house, the crafts that go over the very best are usually those that involve making something our kids can keep using after they’re finished with the DIY process. That’s why finger puppets have always been such a hit! The kids get to have fun making it and enjoy playing with it afterwards. Get the full details for making this cute paper reindeer finger puppet nice and easily on Artsy Momma.
Have you made other kinds of adorable DIY reindeer themed crafts with your kids before that they really liked but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!