Christmas is just around the corner, so how would you like to make a cheap, fun and easy Christmas craft for your children? This project is so simple that even young children can join in. This craft is of a reindeer’s head and body, so it’s great to do after watching Rudolph The Red Nose Reindeer or any other fun Christmas reindeer movie. It also incorporates your child’s hand prints, so it lets you see how much they’ve grown from year to year. What more could you ask for?
Reindeer Christmas Craft: Things You’ll Need
Tape or glue
Crayons or markers
Optional – glitter, colored paper, and anything else you want to decorate your reindeer with.
Reindeer Christmas Craft: Making Antlers
The first step in making this Christmas reindeer craft is to have your child trace both of their hands. If you have colored paper, have them do this on a black sheet of paper. If you don’t have colored paper, that’s okay too. Your child will just need to color their hands after they trace them.
Reindeer have antlers, and that’s exactly what your child’s hand prints will be on this Christmas craft. Once their hand prints are colored, cut them out of the paper and put them aside.
Reindeer Christmas Craft: Making the Reindeer Head
The next step in this Christmas craft project is to make a reindeer head. You do this by folding the corner of a sheet of paper so it makes a triangle. There will be an extra strip of paper that you will need to cut. Trim this off and set it aside as it will be used later. Once you’ve done that, you should have a triangular sheet of paper that can open and close at the bottom. The part that opens will be the reindeer’s mouth.
Once your head has been made, flip it over and tape or glue your hand prints antlers on the back of the head.
Reindeer Christmas Craft: Making the Reindeer Body
Making the body of your reindeer is simple. You can use a sheet of brown paper, or simply color one brown. The paper will be going up and down, or, ‘hot dog style’ as many children call it. For this Christmas craft, some children like to leave an area of the reindeer’s body pink for it’s belly.
Once the body has been completed, tape or glue the head onto the sheet of paper.
Reindeer Christmas Craft: Adding Features
Now that you have your reindeer’s body and head glued together, you need to add his features.
Have your child decide what color nose they would like their Christmas reindeer craft to have. Do they want a red nose like Rudolph had, or a black nose like the other reindeer? Or perhaps they’d like a purple nose, or even a rainbow one. It’s completely up to them.
Remember that strip of paper we set aside earlier? Have your child take it and draw a circle on it. This will be the nose. If you used colored paper, it may be harder for them to decorate it with crayons, but markers or glitter should show up nicely on this craft.
Once your nose has been made, glue it at the tip of the triangle. Be careful not to glue the reindeer’s mouth closed.
This reindeer Christmas craft wouldn’t be complete without eyes. You can use the same scrap of paper you used for the nose to design those too. Once your down, simply glue them on the reindeer’s head.
Reindeer Christmas Craft: Extras
By now, your reindeer craft should be looking more and more finished. The only thing left to do at this point is to add any extras that you’d like.
For example, maybe you’d like your reindeer to wear a Christmas hat or a Christmas bow. You can also add candy canes to your reindeer’s mouth if you’d like as well. Anything you can think of can be added to this craft.
Once you’re finished with your reindeer craft and the glue has dried, you can open the reindeer’s mouth and write your child’s name and the date it was made. Because this Christmas craft includes your child’s hand prints, it gives you the opportunity to look back on how much your children have grown over the years and cherish all those happy memories.