- Pencil and paper
- Ruler Scissors
- Safety pins
- Medium and light brown or beige felt
- Beige pipe cleaners
- Blue rhinestones
- Flat red beads
- Rhinestone fittings
- Craft or quilt batting
- Fabric glue
- Silver string
1. Have your child draw a reindeer on paper cut into a 4 1/2" square. Make sure the legs are 1/2" at the widest point. Cut out pattern.
2. Fold a piece of brown felt in half, and pin on pattern. Cut out the shape, and remove pins and pattern to detach the two shapes.
3. Cut a 2 1/2" strip and a 1 1/2" strip of pipe cleaner for the reindeer's antlers. Fold the short strip in half, and twist around center of the 2 1/2" strip. Fan open the ends of the shorter strip, and bend the longer strip into a crescent.
4. Apply glue along perimeter of chest, head, back, and tail of one side of the reindeer. Position antlers over the glue in front of the ears, and press the other cutout on top. Let dry. Push an inch or so of batting into the head and neck to fill the body and legs. Apply glue on bottom piece of felt along perimeter of the legs, belly, and hind end of the reindeer, press top into place, and hold there until dry.
5. Measure and cut a 1/4" by 4" section of light brown felt, and help your child glue on the rhinestone fittings. Wrap the strip around the reindeer's neck, and glue the ends together.
6. Ask your child to glue a rhinestone on each side of the head for eyes and repeat with flat red bead for nose. Thread an 8"-long piece of silver string through harness, and knot the ends.
Copyright © 2001. Reprinted with permission from the December/January 2002 issue of Child magazine.