Top 10 Christmas Decorations Made with Recycled Materials


Wine Cork Reindeer

Cork is an abundant, sustainable resource that is used for so many applications in today's consumer products. It's also a great material for making crafty stuff. There are so many fun craft projects that can be made with old wine corks, and Christmas ornaments are no exception. For a particularly memorable ornament, use a cork that you've been saving from a special occasion.

Making a reindeer out of wine cork is so simple, even a young child could do it. For your wine cork reindeer project, you'll need a red bead, a hot glue gun, a 12-inch-brown pipe cleaner (better known as a chenille stem in craft speak), and a couple of googly eyes with sticky backs.

To start, add the nose, which of course, is the red bead. Put a dot of glue on the back of the bead with the glue gun and attach it to the cork. Faceted, round beads provide a nice sparkle, which is always a plus. Next, take your pipe cleaner and wrap it snugly around the other end of the cork, twisting the pieces together where they meet at the base. And of course, since reindeer don't have stick straight antlers, you'll want to add a few bends for authenticity. Then add googly eyes and attach a regular ornament hook to the base of the antlers.

If you want to take your project to the next level and make a freestanding reindeer, you'll need three more wine corks to make the torso and two legs. Using your hot glue gun, take the reindeer body and add a wine cork leg to each end. Then just glue the head toward the front of the body. Tilt the head into a slight angle to mimic a reindeer's natural stance.