How to Make a Mache Reindeer
Looking for an easy project to get you started with Christmas decorations? This simple mache reindeer is a great one to begin with and is sure to get you in the festive spirit.
The reindeer shape comes blank to begin with, allowing you to decorate it however you like. This how-to will show you how to create a traditional Rudolph design. Why not get the whole family involved and make yourselves a herd!
1. Start by painting all of your reindeer pieces with brown paint. Once it’s dry give it a second coat – this will give a more even finish.
Top Tip! When you are painting your reindeer, don’t paint the inside of the joints (where you will attach the pieces together). It makes it much easier to assemble them and you won’t see these bits anyway.
2. While your reindeer is drying, cut out some felt for the hooves. With the ruler, measure 10 cm/four Inches along your felt, and 2.5 cm/one Inch across to make a long rectangle. Cut it out and attach a piece of double-sided tape along one side. Repeat another three times.
3. When the reindeer is dry, wrap a piece of felt around the bottom of each leg to make the hoof, using a dab of PVA glue to secure the ends together.
4. Cut another thinner piece of felt, long enough to wrap around the reindeer’s neck. Attach your bell to the centre of the felt. Add a dab of glue to each end to hold them together and pinch the ends for a couple of minutes until the glue has ‘set’.
5. Glue your pompom onto the nose and hold for a few minutes until ‘set’ in place.
6. Paint two eyes with the white paint. When they are dry, draw two black dots with a Sharpie or black felt pen.
7. Once everything is dry assemble your reindeer.