Making Santa and Reindeer-Themed Crafts

A discussion of Christmas crafts would not be complete without a few Santa projects thrown in. On this page you will find some Santa crafts and some reindeer crafts.

Jingle the Red-Nose Reindeer

This whimsical fellow is in full holiday spirit. He'll certainly add a festive touch to your Christmas celebrations. Write a warm greeting on the chalkboard to welcome yuletide guests. Here are the materials you will need:

Here is a finished Jingle the Red-Nose Reindeer.
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Here is a finished
 Jingle the Red-Nose Reindeer.

  • Two 3-inch foam eggs, one 6-inch foam egg
  • Serrated knife
  • Two 6-inch extruded foam hearts
  • Round wood toothpicks
  • Foam glue
  • 4-inch wood dowel, 5/8 inch diameter
  • 2 pairs disposable wooden chopsticks
  • 5-inch foam ball
  • Brown paper bag or craft paper
  • Decoupage medium
  • Paintbrushes: 1 inch, 1/2 flat
  • Wood shapes: 2-1/2-inch flat snowflake, 2-inch circle, 2-inch star, three 2-inch teardrops, two 3/8-inch circles
  • 2x4-inch craft chalkboard, chalk
  • Wood hand drill, 5/64-inch bit
  • Acrylic paint: beige, yellow, red, black, white
  • 17 inches red ribbon, 1/2 to 1 inch wide
  • Ruler
  • Needle
  • Red thread
  • Jingle bells: 7 silver 19mm or 3/4 inch, 1 red 25mm or 1 inch, 2 red 12mm or 1/2 inch
  • 19-gauge craft wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Fine white floral wire
  • Scissors
  • 22 inches wire-edged ribbon, 2-1/2 inches wide
To construct a Jingle the Red-Nose Reindeer:
  1. With a serrated knife, cut both 3-inch foam eggs in half lengthwise. Cut a 1-inch V notch from peak end of each egg half to create 4 hooves. Cut both heart forms in half at center seams. Cut heart halves into pieces as shown. Break 4 toothpicks in half.

    Cut up the hearts as shown to form the antlers.
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    Cut up the hearts as
    shown to form the antlers.

  2. Apply foam glue to bottom of a small foam piece, and push a toothpick half into bottom; attach to large piece. See photo for placement. Let dry.

    Use toothpicks to construct the antlers as shown.
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    Use toothpicks to construct
    the antlers as shown.

  3. Insert dowel into 6-inch foam egg so egg tilts back slightly. This is the head and neck. Insert a chopstick into each hoof, and then insert each into bottom of foam ball. Check stability. Glue chopsticks into foam hooves with foam glue.

    Insert a chopstick into each hoof and attach the ends to the foam ball.
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    Insert a chopstick into each hoof and
     attach the ends to the foam ball.

  4. Crumple pieces of brown paper, and wet paper with water. Tear paper into 1-, 2-, and 3-inch random shapes.

  5. Working on a small area at a time, apply decoupage medium to foam with paintbrush. Lay paper pieces on decoupaged surface, and brush decoupage over paper. Cover body, head, hooves, and 3 wood teardrop shapes (ears and tail) with paper and decoupage. Let dry. Glue legs into body with foam glue.

    Apply the brown paper bag to the foam one area at a time.
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    Apply the brown paper bag to the
    foam one area at a time.

  6. Drill a hole in top of snowflake and 2-inch circle, center of star, and tip of 1 coated teardrop. Then drill a hole on each top side corner of chalkboard.

  7. Paint antlers, legs, and neck rod beige; star yellow; 2-inch circle red; 3/8-inch circles black; and snowflake white. Paint white stripe on red circle (orna-ment), and add white highlights to 3/8-inch circles (for eyes).

  8. Attach antlers to sides of head with broken toothpicks and foam glue. Glue eye circles in place. Let glue dry.

  9. With needle and thread, stitch 7 silver jingle bells to red ribbon, begin 31/2 inches up from each end of ribbon. Center and space bells about 11/2 inches apart. Glue ribbon harness in place around middle of body.

  10. Cut three 3-inch lengths of craft wire, and thread a length through a red jingle bell. Fold wires in half with bells centered. Push wire with largest bell into front of face for nose. Pass 1 wire of smaller red bell through drilled hole on star and other through hole on teardrop tail. Push wire of teardrop/tail into backside of body; use wire on backside of star to wrap on antler to attach. Reinforce attachments with glue.

  11. Write a message on chalkboard. Cut and attach 8 to 10 inches of craft wire to 1 side of chalkboard, hang chalkboard around neck, and attach wire to other side. Cut varied lengths of string or white floral wire to hang snowflake and ball ornament on antlers. Wrap and tie wire-edged ribbon around neck.
Jolly Metal Punch Santa

Here is a completed Jolly Metal Punch Santa.
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Here is a completed
Jolly Metal Punch Santa.

Hang our favorite Christmas friend on a wall to greet our holiday visitors. He is so jolly that friends will be asking for their own. Here's what you'll need:
  • Embossing metal, medium pewter
  • 9x12-inch sheet craft foam, 2mm
  • Tape
  • Red ballpoint pen
  • Hobby awl
  • Heavy-duty scissors
  • Transparent burgundy or red glass and tile color paint
  • #8 round paintbrush
  • Tissue or absorbent cloth
  • 18 inches silver craft wire, 22 gauge
  • Wire cutters
To construct a Jolly Metal Punch Santa:
  1. Unroll and smooth metal sheet on craft foam. Tape pattern to metal, and firmly trace pattern lines with red pen. Download the pattern here.

    Trace the pattern on the metal with a red pen.
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    Trace the pattern on the
     metal with a red pen.

  2. Check to make sure pattern lines are impressed clearly on metal. If not, retrace lines. Remove paper pattern, and flip metal sheet over. Using pad of fingertip, press around lines to create "puffy" embossed areas beside lines.

    Make sure the lines of the pattern are impressed clearly on the metal.
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    Make sure the lines of the pattern are
     impressed clearly on the metal.

  3. Staying on back of metal, use hobby awl to punch holes along all pattern lines.

    Use a hobby awl to punch holes along the pattern lines.
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    Use a hobby awl to punch holes
    along the pattern lines.

  4. Turn metal over, and punch eye dots using pointed end of wood embossing tool that came with metal. Using opposite flat, round end of wood tool, gently press circles all over hat. Turn metal over to back side, and rub out hat with pad of fingertip to give only a very slight impression of a circular pattern on front.

  5. Cut out design along outside pattern lines.

  6. Thin glass paint with a little water. Paint lip, tip of nose, cheeks, and hat. With tissue or absorbent cloth, quickly lift or wipe away paint, leaving only a tint.

  7. Thread a wire end through a hole punched on one side of Santa; twist wire end to secure. Thread other end of wire through a hole on opposite side, and twist wire end to secure.

    Thread a wire through each end of the Santa pattern.
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    Thread a wire through each
    end of the Santa pattern.

Pom Reindeer Magnet

Kids can make these Pom Reindeer Magnets to hold their Christmas lists on the refrigerator. Before Santa comes, they can attach a note to the magnet that says, "Enjoy what's in the fridge!" Here's what you will need:

Here is a finished Pom Reindeer Magnet.
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Here is a finished Pom Reindeer Magnet.

  • Poms: 1-inch beige, 2-inch brown, and 1/4-inch red
  • White glue
  • Felt: 1x1-inch red and 2x2-inch brown
  • Scissors
  • Two wiggle eyes, 10mm each
  • Two beige chenille stems, 12 inches each
  • Ruler
  • Tracing paper
  • Pencil
  • 12-inch length of red rattail cord
  • Two gold jingle bells, 8mm each
  • 3/4-inch length of magnet strip, 1/2 inch wide
To construct a Pom Reindeer Magnet:
  1. To make the head and the muzzle, glue the beige pom to the lower front part of the brown pom. For the nose, glue the red pom to the upper front part of the muzzle. Cut a smiling mouth shape from the red felt, and glue it below the nose. Glue the wiggle eyes to the head so that the bottom edges of the eyes touch the top of the muzzle.

    Glue on the wiggle eyes so that the bottom touches the top of the muzzle.
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    Glue on the wiggle eyes so that the
    bottom touches the top of the muzzle.

  2. Measure and cut one chenille stem into a 5-inch length and a 7-inch length. Measure and cut the other chenille stem into two 6-inch lengths; you will use only one of the 6-inch lengths, so set the other one aside. To make the antlers, line up the middles of the three lengths of chenille stem. Twist the stems in the middle to join them together. Arrange the stems so the 7-inch length is on the bottom, the 6-inch length is in between, and the 5-inch length is on top. Pinch and curl each of the six ends up to form the antlers, as in the drawing. Glue the middle of the antlers to the back of the head.

    Glue the antlers to the back of the magnet's head.
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    Glue the antlers to the back
    of the magnet's head.

  3. Cut two ears from the brown felt. Apply a dot of glue to the bottom of one ear; pinch the bottom together, and hold it for a moment. Repeat this gluing process to make the other ear. Glue the ears to the head just in front of the antlers.

    Pinch the bottom of the ear and glue it shut to form the ear.
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    Pinch the bottom of the ear and
    glue it shut to form the ear.

  4. Tie a bow in the rattail cord. Tie a jingle bell to each end of the rattail cord. Glue the bow beneath the muzzle. Glue the magnet strip to the back of the head.
On the next page, we will delve into floral and holly crafts.