Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

We had a great Sunday visit with my father and stepmother today. We called this morning to invite them over for an afternoon visit and dinner. I tried a new chicken cacciatore recipe that turned out great!

I thought while we were all together we could try making the candy cane Rudolph ornaments for an activity. I set out everything on the table. Even Rowan joined in.

Smile Rowan!

Mommy and Rowan Enjoying themselves!

Everyone had fun and we ended up with a gaggle of reindeer to give away this holiday to the kids at Rowan’s daycare.

Here is a short tutorial on how to make them. I remember making these years ago with my mother. I think I was around 7 at the time. She would get a craft book every year from a publishing company. Similar to gooseberry patch or something like that.

To complete this project, you’ll need the following:

Hot glue gun with glue sticks
Google eyes
Red pom poms for the nose
Jingle bells
Candy canes
Brown pipe cleaners
Tiny grosgrain ribbon

Take one pipe cleaner and bend it in half. Cut it so you have 2 equal size strips. One half will be your main antler and the other half will be secondary antlers to make them appear bigger.

Take one half of the pipe cleaner and bend that in half. Cut so you get 2 equal size strips. You will end up with one large strip and 2 small strips.

Fold the larger pipe cleaner in half and place the bend of your candy cane through it. Twist it tight around the candy cane and flatten it so the ends are going in opposite directions to simulate antlers. Bend the ends upward.

Make the secondary antlers by bending the 2 smaller pipe cleaner portions in half and twisting them around the main antlers. One on each side. This completes your antlers.

Glue 2 google eyes on the candy cane front, glue a red pom pom for the nose, and tie a jingle bell around the handle of the candy cane using the grosgrain ribbon.

You’re all done! This simple project takes about 10 minutes to complete and is a great activity for preschoolers (as long as a grownup does all the hot gluing).