Oh Christmas decor projects how I love thee.
I know I have said over and over how much I love fall decor, but when winter rolls around and I get to make DIY Christmas decor…I am in heaven!
So today I bring you a wooden project that is about to smoke all of those light up sparkly reindeer out of the water. I will give you a fair warning though, photos in a dark garage with no day light can be an eye sore. So look past the bad photography and focus on the end result and you will be golden.
Ok now that that is out of the way who is ready to make a reindeer!?…and some horrible photos :( yikes! Im truly sorry guys but when you make things in the middle of the night you lack sunlight and the dust in the garage from sanding and cutting leads to lots of confusion for the camera.
So you are going to need a few supplies. I linked them all to Amazon so you can see what I use. If you decide to purchase from Amazon I do make a few pennies. It costs nothing for you to click on the links, just allows you to get a good visual on what products I am talking about :)
Nail Gun (optional just quicker, this was a great investment)
large board at least an inch thick
thin board (sold at home depot in larger sheets)
3-4 scrap boards from a pallet or something of the sort
course sand paper
The large board I used was left over from building a chicken coup…hey scrap wood is my best friend! But if you do not have a large piece of board you can pick one up at home depot and you can use plywood or whatever you want. I would just not go much smaller than an inch thick so that you have plenty of wood to nail into.
So grab your large board and draw out a pattern of the deer. You can see in the image below how big my deer was compared to my hand. Once you have it traced out cut it out with the jig saw. Too bad he is to large to make you a reindeer template to print out :(
Next using the thin board cut out antlers, ears, and a tail with the jig saw. (this is after I was done staining but for some reason I didn’t get any photos of all of the pieces so this will have to do)
Next its time to put the belly together. This part has a ton of photos but it is quite simple to toss together.
You want to start by cutting out a a tummy on the thin board about 2 inches smaller than the deer. You can see in the finished photo how I measured it to fit.
- Cut out the shape of the belly.
- Grab scrap boards that are the same thickness and lay them over the cutout.
- Flip it over.
- Apply some wood glue to the thin board.
- Flip the board over and press it onto the scrap wood. Then clamp it down.
- Using a nail gun (or screws) and nail it on.
- Next using the jig saw cut off all extra wood.
- Sand the edges.
See super easy just lots of photos :)
Now that you have everything cut its time to stain everything the color of your choice. I went with dark walnut to pull out the pretty colors in all of the wood.
Attach the antlers, ears and tail using the nail gun (or screws). If you can see by the antlers I added a tiny shim between them so that they had a more 3 dimensional look, but it is totally optional.
Now its time for the hard part. Attaching the legs. I don’t know if I was delusional from it being 1am or just totally overthinking this step but I had a hell of a time putting the legs on. I won’t lie. My miter saw does not do a 30 degree angle so I had to hold the boards under the saw and hope I cut them all the same angle and I had no idea what angle I was cutting.
If I was more awake at the time I am sure this would have went a lot smoother. But for the sake of helping you, cut them at a 30 degree angle and nail them on. Easy peasy!
You want them to stick out some so that he can balance. Yep, hes a boy! Congrats Santa! Isn’t he gorgeous!!!
I went on to white wash the legs to give him some color to make the red in the belly pop, but that is completely optional.
Spray him with a couple coats of outdoor poly if he will be sitting by your front door, let it dry and enjoy! I am madly in love with him!!!
Now all you need is Santas sleigh to sit this reindeer in front of!
Hope you get to make your own reindeer for your house and if you have any questions leave them below!