In a blog dated 11/20/11, I wrote about Christmas tree ornaments. One of the ornaments mentioned was a little reindeer given to me by a long-ago co-worker. I never much cared for that particular co-worker (she was a horrible gossip), but her reindeer is so cute, it inspired me to try making my own.
Honestly, anyone with half a brain could look at the picture and know how to create the little feller --- it's not rocket science --- but I'm gonna tell you anyhow because I took pictures. I may as well put them to use. Besides, my reindeer is a tad different.
You'll need: dark brown permanent ink marker, black permanent ink marker, three small wooden clothespins, small wooden spool, stretchy cord, wiggly eyes, red pompom for nose, brown pompom for tail, felt for the horse blanket, some small decorative baubles, hot glue, sharp scissors, a needle with a large eye, and a little patience. With the exception of patience, you can purchase all your necessities at your local crafts store.
Start by coloring the antlers and the hooves with your permanent markers. Brown for the antlers and black for the hooves.
Hot glue your little guy together. You'll note my version of Rudolph is more anatomically correct than the one shown above.
Hot gluing the wiggly eyes was frustrating. I have a pair of reverse action tweezers crafty types use to handle teensy things like this, but I couldn't maintain a grip on them. After some trial and error, I found it easiest to smear a dab of hot glue where I wanted the eyes to be and then, working quickly before the glue hardened, pick them up one at a time with the tip of a wet forefinger. Sometimes low tech is the way to go.
Far left: use a paper pattern to cut out your blanket. This will save you some time if you are assembling several of the critters, like I did. Cut off about 12" of the cord (unstretched).
Left: make a loop in your cord and double knot the ends.
Right: fold your blanket in half and poke your needle through the middle of the fold, making a small hole. I used a weaving needle.
Far right: thread your looped cord half-way through the eye and push the needle all the way through the hole in your felt. The knot will stop the loop from going completely through the felt.
Carefully glue on Rudolph's blanket. I tacked the blanket down on his legs and along his back. Applying a glue strip to the back will keep the cord anchored in place. Glue on the tail and a small decoration for the blanket (the snowflake was a glittery sticker) and you are done!
Here, I zig-zagged the blanket ends. You could also notch some fringe, or leave it straight. Another idea: make Rudolph as shown in the very top photo, hot glue a pin back or clutch back on the back, and wear as a pin!
grew a beard after our kids left the house. He decided a mid-life hirsute pursuit was cheaper than a new car, and certainly less hazardous to his health than an affair. If he can have a mid-life crisis, then so can I.