Build your own Reindeer Ornament – Jeffrey Girala
It all began as a class project when I was a student in third grade. As a Christmas gift for our parents, each student was asked to make a reindeer ornament out of clothespins and decorate it. I colored the hooves with black markers, added the googly eyes, a loop of gold string, and glued the clothespins together. The final touch was a red nose in honor of Rudolph, my hero at the time for saving Santa Claus and Christmas (It took me a while to realize he did it every year). “Rudy” as I call him was ready.
I gave “Rudy” to my mom as a gift and she loved it, giving me a hug and placing him in a prime position on the family Christmas tree that year. It has been over 30 years since that Christmas with a few different artificial trees and countless ornaments along the way. “Rudy” continues to be placed on the tree every year. “Rudy” has needed some loving attention at times to repair a dangling tail or a loose eye, but remains a cherished gift by my mother and a fond Christmas memory from childhood for me. I look forward to seeing “Rudy” every year on the tree.
– Jeffrey Girala, Graphic Communications
- 3 Wooden clothespins (the ones without the metal springs. Available at craft stores.)
- Glue (any sort of glue will work)
- Small white puff balls
- Tiny red and/or black puff balls
- Small googly eyes
- Optional Items:
Brown paint, loop of ribbon, glitter, bells, stickers
or anything else you’d like to decorate with
Glue two clothespins together facing the same way for the body and legs
(Include a loop of ribbon between the clothespins if you would like to make the reindeer as an ornament.)
Glue on a third flipped up to be the head and antlers.
Glue a little white ball on the back.
Glue on the eyes and a tiny puff nose (color of your choice).
Decorate as you wish.
adapted from bostonbabymama.com