I would like to share with you how to make one of my favorite Christmas ornaments. It is a Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer. I am not a person my friends and relatives would name as a person that is handy or good at crafts. So, if I can do this so can you. The neat thing about this ornament is that if you make a big one it can be a door hanger. If you make a smaller one you can put it anywhere you like, even on the tree.
The first thing you are going to need is access to a palm tree. If you do not live where the palm trees grow then you will need a friend or relative that can send you the main requirement for this ornament. You will need a palm frond that has fallen from the palm tree or has been pulled or sawed off. You want one that is brown not green. It should also not be too old. You want one you can do a little sanding on and not fall apart.
You will notice that the palm frond has a natural split that forms a V for a perfect set of antlers. Depending on the size of the palm frond you can make a Rudolph The Reindeer any size you like. Besides the palm frond you will need the following:
Googly Eyes (available at Wal-Mart or craft store)
Ping Pong Ball, Red Christmas Ornament or Other Round Object for the nose
If you use a white ping pong ball like I did you will need red spray paint
Glue Gun or tube of crazy glue
Two small eye screws that come with picture hanging kits
Light piece of wire for hanging
If you need to shape or size the palm frond you will need a small saw
After you have selected your palm frond you should shape the tips of the antlers and the bottom of the “chin” as desired. You can play with this and make them pointy or round as you like. Use the sandpaper to soften the edges and further shape the features.
Before you proceed with adding the personal features of your Rudolph Ornament you should complete the installing of the hanging wire on the rear of the ornament. Screw in the two small eye screws at a level that will allow you to hang the ornament on your door, tree or other spot you have picked out. Stretch the wire or a piece of string between the two screws leaving enough slack to hang the ornament.
Glue the eyes slightly below the V of the antlers. You can have fun with this as the eyes come in various sizes. If you use a white ping pong ball you should spray paint it red and let it dry before attaching it to the point of the palm frond with the glue gun or super glue. If you have a red tree ornament or one of those red sponge clown noses they will work too. Children will love to help with this project and Rudolph will brighten your Christmas for years to come.