Sunday, December 6, 2009

Reindeer Brooch

This is an idea that my mother-in-law told me about as a great craft project for this blog. This idea is not mine- although it is really cute and I had to make it once I heard about it. ;)

This project really depends on how fast your paint and glue dry. If you get impatient you can dry your paint with a hairdryer and have this entire project completed in about 15 minutes or less! Your child can paint the puzzle pieces while you get the antler's formed and make some bows for some crafty teamwork!! :)

Note: If your child is doing the painting and you choose to use craft glue instead of hot glue, this project will take a bit longer due to the craft glue's drying time.

Brown Acrylic Paint (can be beige if you choose brown for the antlers)
2 puzzle pieces (one needs to be an edge- not a corner, the other a middle piece)
Scrap of 1/8" green or red ribbon (less than 6")
Red pom pom (1/4")
2 wiggley eyes 7mm size
1" straight pin with closing mechanism (I didn't picture it in the supplies below, but it is shown in the last step)
1 Chenille stem (can be beige or brown- I used beige because I painted the reindeer brown)
Hot Glue gun (can use a thicker craft glue)

Step 1: Trim your edge piece of puzzle to have only the two tabs left. These will be your reindeer's ears.

Step 2: Paint back of puzzle pieces brown and let dry.

Step 3: Tie ribbon into a bow. Trim excess.

Step 4: Cut chenille stem in half.

Step 5: Fold the stems in half.
Note: Do this to both of them at the simultaneously so your antlers will look the same.

Step 6: Fold the chenille stems to make your antler's forks.
Note: Do this to both of them at the simultaneously so your antlers will look the same.

Step 7: Pinch your antler's forks together.
Note: Do this separately now, you don't want to bind them to each other. :)

Step 8: Twist (like you do a twist tie for a bread bag) the end of the chenille stem together to finish your antlers.

Step 9: Glue your 2 puzzle pieces together as shown below.

Step 10: Glue your wiggley eyes to the face of your reindeer as shown below.

Step 11: Glue your red pom pom to your reindeer's face as shown below.

Step 12: Flip your reindeer over, and place a drop of hot glue to place your antlers on, as shown below.

Step 13: Flip your reindeer over to look at the face, and glue bow from Step 3 as shown below.

Step 14: Flip reindeer over and glue pin in place.

That's it! :)

1 comment:

  1. You made this cuter than the one I told you about. The one I told you about used puzzle pieces for antlers, you used pipe cleanners. They are much cuter.Keep going.