Do you ever visit your local library anymore? In todays digital age we all just Google whatever we want to see and forget about the library. I recently went to my local library for some Christmas inspiration. I was tired of seeing the same old things online. I went through about 20 books and saw a picture of this Reindeer Christmas Wreath but there were no instructions for how to make it. So I snapped a picture with my cell phone and did a little shopping to figure it out.
This really was fun to make and pretty easy, just make sure you have lot's of glue sticks on hand! I picked up this brown sweater at my local Goodwill, it's a mens size medium and cut the sleeve and the cuff off.
Now you have this to build your reindeer's nose.
Turn the sleeve inside out and with a rubber band or thin hair tie close off the cuff end of the sleeve.
Turn the sleeve right side out and you will have the beginnings of your nose.
Stuff pillow batting into the sleeve, you will need to work it around a bit to get it smooth and once you tighten it at the end it will help with this as well.
Take a 10 inch cardboard cake round and use your scissors to punch a hole through the middle. It needs to be about the diameter of a quarter. Slip the open end of your reindeer nose through the hole and push towards the stuffing side to tighten it.
Now take another rubber band or hair tie and seal that end. Cut off the extra hanging sleeve and seal with some hot glue.
Hot glue on a 12″ wire wreath frame, you can see I free-handed the glue at first and just had to go back and add a little more where I missed.
Take your pine cones and start gluing them on with hot glue. Place the bottom or the fat part of the pine cone right next to the nose. You will have to play with your sizes to get them right.
The next row of pine cones will go on the opposite direction with the top or the thinner part pointing in towards the nose. this will make sure you fill in bare spots. Play with your pine cone sizes and don't be afraid to mush them in a bit with some force. This row needs to be wired on to the metal frame with thin floral wire. Just wrap it around the pine cone in between the leaves and twist it around the wire frame on the back. Clip off any extra wire with wire nippers.
Now you have the base of your reindeer ready. It's time to put all the fun stuff on.
I used a red glitter pom pom for the nose and 2 white pom poms with google eyes glued on. These were all hot glued on. The bell was strung on to my wired ribbon before I tied the bow. The bow is attached with more floral wire just like the pine cones above.
I bought this antler headband and just clipped off the antlers and attached them with hot glue. You could also use brown mittens stuffed with more poly fill or cut out craft foam to make them.
I love how he turned out and it's so much more fun than a plain green wreath with a bow and some Christmas ornaments on it! I just hung it with a command hook. (I love those things!)
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