Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Reindeer Games

If you're looking to make a quick and simple holiday craft, you can make reindeers out of paper straws.

To make a single reindeer, you'll need:

5 paper straws
hot glue gun/hot glue sticks

1.  Take a straw and slightly bend the top 1/5 of the straw to point down on an angle.

2.  Take 2 straws and bend them in the middle to make "V" shapes.

3.  Dab some hot glue in the center of these "V"'s and place one of them on one end of the first straw that you bent w/ the 2 ends of the "V"'s pointing down (these will be the hind legs of the reindeer).  Place the other in back of where you bent the 1/5 of the other straw (leaving a little space for the antlers to go).

4.  Bend your 4th straw like a "V" again, only this time, you'll be gluing it so that the two ends of the "V" point upward.  This will be glued right in front of where you glued the front legs.

5.  Next, take your last straw and cut it in half.

6.  Take those 2 smaller pieces and bend them into little "v"'s.  Dab hot glue in the crevice of these "v"'s and glue them onto the sides of the big "V" antlers.

You can make different size straw reindeers by cutting down the straws before doing the other steps.

Add them to your holiday table scape or mantle, to add a little fun to your existing decor.

You can also make garland out of them (*although you'd have to have the garland leaning against something like a wall or mirror, as the reindeer are top-heavy and will flip if they're strung mid-air.*)

To make the garland:

1.  Before making the reindeer, make a small slit in the top 1/5 of the 1st straw and bend it downward, without cutting all the way through.

2.  String it using baker's twine, jute, string, what have you.

3.  If you don't want to make yourself mad, I recommend wrapping a small piece of scotch tape on the end of your string before feeding it through the straw (like a flugelbinder...Cocktail, anyone? ;)

4.  Feed however many reindeer through the string that you want in your garland, one after the other.

5.  Then you can go through and start your gluing and cutting steps, as mentioned above.

Enjoy bringing out your inner Rudolph!

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