Making pom reindeer magnets is a fun way for kids and parents to get into the spirit of the Christmas season.
What You'll Need:
Poms: 1-inch beige, 2-inch brown, 1/4-inch red
Felt: 1x1 inches red, 2x2 inches brown
2 wiggle eyes, 10mm each
2 beige chenille stems
12-inch-length red rattail cord
2 gold jingle bells, 8mm each
3/4-inch strip adhesive-back magnet, 1/2 inch wide
To make the reindeer's 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 the bottom edges of the eyes touch the top of the muzzle (you may want to use tweezers to help you glue on the eyes).
Measure and cut one chenille stem into a 5-inch length and a 7-inch length. Cut the other chenille stem in half; you will use only one of the 6-inch lengths, so set the other length 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. Glue the middle of the antlers to the back of the head.
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.
Tie a bow in the rattail cord. Glue the bow beneath the muzzle. Tie a jingle bell to each end of the rattail cord. Attach the magnet strip to the back of the head.
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