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DIY Christmas Crafts: How to Make a Cork Craft Reindeer

I love to make art projects from found objects, and this craft was one of my favorites yet. It's fun, easy, and super cute!

Christmas Reindeer Guys and Gals

Check out her eyelashes. Cool, eh?

Check out her eyelashes. Cool, eh?

I watched Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer this weekend, and he was my inspiration to build these cute reindeer from my wine corks. Everyone needs a project like this to cheer them up for the holidays.

This project requires nine wine corks and one champagne cork. However, you don't have to drink that much to get the corks; you can purchase them in any winemaking supply store.

Supplies you need

Supplies you need

Supplies and Assembly

You will need:

  • a pair of scissors
  • meat skewer
  • a glue gun (If you don't have a glue gun, then any glue that dries clear will do the job.)
  • nine wine corks and one champagne cork to assemble to make the deer.
  • Then felt is required to make the blanket, eyes, and the tail. You will need red, green, white, and brown felt for this project. A red pom pom is glued on to liven up the nose. After all, he is Rudolf.
  • Don't forget to go outside to find some tiny sticks for the antlers.
Neck

Neck

assemble pieces

assemble pieces

Cut out pieces.

Cut out pieces.

Instructions:

  1. Glue two corks together end to end and repeat this. Then glue them together to form the little body. The legs are one cork glued to each corner of the body.
  2. The neck needs to have one corner trimmed off so it can glue snugly to the front of the body. You can glue the red nose on the champagne cork (which I used because it resembles a face shape)and puncture the bigger round end in two places so you can place the sticks into them for antlers.
  3. When this is all assembled, simply glue it to the neck on an angle to give him character.
  4. Cutting out the pieces for your reindeer is simple. I chose to make the eyes by cutting three circles out of felt in different sizes. You can buy plastic eyes which would work also. Use the white circle in the middle to highlight his eyes.
  5. Cut his tail out to fit the back end of the two corks with a pointed, half-inch tail in the middle.
  6. You can make the blanket by cutting it big enough to cover both sides of the deer and decorating it any way you wish. I just cut strips of red the same length of the green blanket and added green circles.

And here he is! Rudolf and his mate want to say Merry Christmas to all the staff and writers of Holidappy. I want to wish everyone a healthy and prosperous New Year and may you all stick around here to enjoy your writing journey next year.

Say hello to Rudolf!

Say hello to Rudolf!

© 2012 Susan Britton

Comments

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on January 06, 2013:

Thank you Shiningirisheyes. Stay tuned I am going to release my whole cork craft book for making projects from wine corks. It will be awesome.

Shining Irish Eyes from Upstate, New York on January 06, 2013:

Suzy - These are absolutely adorable! Great creativity!

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 26, 2012:

Up cycling is my favorite hobby next to Hubpages which I am now addicted. Thank you Glimmer Twin Fan. Hope you are enjoying the Holidays. A big storm is on the rampage so buckle up.

Claudia Mitchell on December 26, 2012:

What a cute craft! I love recycling things.

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 24, 2012:

You welcome lesliebyars. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

lesliebyars on December 23, 2012:

What an amazing hub, Thanks for sharing. Voted up and useful.

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 20, 2012:

Thanks for telling me and a very Merry Christmas to you ChitrangadaSharan .

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2012:

You are welcome. We do celebrate Christmas as well along with so many other festivals of India. Festivals give an opportunity to celebrate and meet friends and family, to make everyone happy. So we do not miss any occasion like that.

Merry Christmas to you and your family.

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 20, 2012:

ChitrangadaSharan Thank you for pinning my Christmas reindeer. I don't know if you celebrate Christmas like we do but I wish you Happy days of creative writing my friend. Comments like yours really encourage me to do better. Thank you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 20, 2012:

These are so creative and cute. The pictures are so helpful. I admire craft ideas from things which are no longer useful, to make into something useful and beautiful. And you have done exactly that.

Thanks for sharing...pinning it too.

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 19, 2012:

Thank you always exploring and you have yourself a very Merry Christmas.

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 18, 2012:

These are adorable. You have so much talent to share. Thank you..

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 18, 2012:

Thanks a lot carol and Merry Christmas to you and your family. If I come up with any more animals I will let you know. I did make a birdhouse tho and a bird feeder. They came out great.

Merry Christmas Lipnancy. Glad you stopped by. Thank you, I am happy you like my reindeer.

Nancy Yager from Hamburg, New York on December 18, 2012:

How very cute! I have never seen those before.

carol stanley from Arizona on December 18, 2012:

These are darling and we have many corks...ooops! I gave that away. Thanks for this clever idea...What other animals can we make? Voting UP

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2012:

Thanks a lot Billy buc and Merry Christmas to you and your Family. Good luck in the New Year with your new writing project.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on December 17, 2012:

How very clever, Suzzy!

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