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How to Make a Christmas Reindeer from Logs!

December 21, 2014

diy reindeer log

 

So, I am a TAD bit excited about this project!  It is definitely one of my new favorites.  I am going to show you how to make a Christmas reindeer with a few branches from a tree.  It's quick, easy and seriously adorable.  We chose to make a Rudolph, complete with a red nose, but that is optional.  We hope to add one or more a year so that we eventually have Santa's entire reindeer crew.

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How to Make a Christmas Reindeer Tutorial

Materials Needed:

How to Make a Christmas Reindeer–the steps: 

1.  Cut your body to length first.  Be sure to remove any smaller branches from the body.  We did not abide by any dimensions.  We just used our eyes to judge what scale was appropriate.

2.  Cut your legs to length and remove any smaller branches from them.

3.  Use a paddle drill bit as close in size to the diameter of your legs as possible to drill 4 holes for the legs on the bottom of your deer body and 1 hole on the top of the deer body for the neck.

THIS IS SO CUTE! A reindeer made from tree branches! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

4.  If necessary, use your pocket knife to shave off the bark from the top of your legs/neck on the portion that will slide into the holes that you have drilled.

THIS IS SO CUTE! A reindeer made from tree branches! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

5.  Assemble all of your pieces so that you can determine how large your head should be.  Again, just eyeball it to decide what will look good.  There is no right or wrong as long as it looks good to you!

THIS IS SO CUTE! A reindeer made from tree branches! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

6.  Cut your head to length.  It should be flat on the back end and angled where the deers “face” is.  Next, drill a hole in the bottom of the head where it will sit atop the neck.

THIS IS SO CUTE! A reindeer made from tree branches! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

THIS IS SO CUTE! A reindeer made from tree branches! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

7.  Now you are ready to attach your nose.  We used a small Christmas ornament for the nose.  We drilled a small hole for it to sit in and secured it with some clear caulk.

THIS IS SO CUTE! A reindeer made from tree branches! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

THIS IS SO CUTE! A reindeer made from tree branches! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

8.  Drill small holes for your antlers and pop them into place.

9.  Finally, attach your pine cone tail with some wood glue.

THIS IS SO CUTE! A reindeer made from tree branches! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

We accessorized ours with a red scarf and he is proudly displayed by our driveway.  Check out the result.

THIS IS SO CUTE! A DIY reindeer made from tree branches and logs! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

THIS IS SO CUTE! A DIY reindeer made from tree branches and logs! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

THIS IS SO CUTE! A DIY reindeer made from tree branches and logs! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

THIS IS SO CUTE! A DIY reindeer made from tree branches and logs! Check out this full tutorial on how to make a Christmas reindeer by Designer Trapped in a Lawyer's Body!

We can't wait to add to the reindeer family next year!  What do you think?  Are you tempted to find some logs and branches to make your own?

If you enjoyed this post, be sure to check out some of my other Christmas posts!

 


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  1. Ralph says:

    I also make the log reindeer, but I also put ears on my deers

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  25. I love these! I love anything country or rustic and this is perfect! Thanks for the idea – I may have to pass it over to my husband and see what he comes up with. ;) Thanks for linking up! #turnituptuesday

  26. Celeste says:

    Oh this is too adorable! I just love the little pine cone tail! So rustic and perfect for Christmas!

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  28. Akaleistar says:

    That reindeer is adorable!

  29. Oh he is darling!Great tutorial too, thanks!
    ~Liz

  30. Cathy says:

    TOO MANY ADS!!!!!! Couldn’t get the page to load without repeatedly stopping (busy) to load ads. Too bad, looked like an interesting tutorial. (took 1 minute to write this comment even) :(

    • Tasha A. says:

      Sorry to hear that, Cathy! Most people do not have issues with the load time, but there could have been an issue on my server when you were on. Take care!

  31. This is really clever. I’d love to feature this, but can’t see if you have a party page or party links anywhere. If you do or could link back somewhere I’d be happy to share it next week. Thanks for linking up to the Craftastic Monday Link Party at Sew Can Do!

  32. Linda says:

    Just wondering the finished reindeer size for length. It’s adorable & I want to make one with my hubby.

    • Tasha A. says:

      Hi Linda! I don’t know the exact finished length, but you can make it any size you want. Just make sure all of the pieces are proportional to each other. We didn’t measure anything–just eyeballed it all! Thanks for reading my blog!

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  35. Amber says:

    LOVE this! So cute! Excited to see you on the Real Simple website too!

  36. OH my gosh, I totally love him! This is definitely hitting my to-do list for next year. Pinning!

  37. OH my gosh, this is TOO CUTE!!!! I so so wish we had all these tools (and a wood-handy hubby!) to make this!!! So sharing this adorable little guy. :) Merry Christmas, Tasha!

  38. Kathryn says:

    Tasha, the reindeer is adorable!! Great job.

  39. Kristi says:

    Oh my goodness! He’s SO, SO sweet Tasha!

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