These clothespin reindeer are SO CUTE! And they're really easy to make! In less than 5 minutes you can make an adorable homemade Christmas ornament using only dollar store supplies!
Black Gel Pen
1Pipe Cleaner(12 inch, brown)
12inchThin Polka Dot Ribbon
1Mini Pom Pom(1/4 inch, red)
Using a black gel pen and a ruler, draw a straight line on the bottom of the clothespin. The line should be about 1.25 inches long, and go roughly to the "spring" part of the clothespin.
Colour in a rectangle about 1/8 inch thick at the very bottom of the clothespin to make the reindeer's hooves. When the ink is dry, flip over the clothespin to draw the legs and feet on the back side. (See tips below for how to prevent the ink from bleeding.)
Bend the brown pipe cleaner in half to make a V shape.
Roll each end of the pipe cleaner into a spiral using your finger or a round marker. To make nice looking antlers, you'll need about two and a half spirals on each side.
Pull the spirals outwards to stretch them out a bit. Then pinch the bottom of the pipe cleaner V shape to make it skinny enough to fit into the clothespin.
Cut a piece of string to be about 8 inches long. Then tie the ends together to make a loop. Squeeze a small dab of hot glue onto the back of your pipe cleaner antlers, near the bottom and attach the string.
Pinch open the clothespin and add a small dab of hot glue to the inside, then place the pipe cleaner antlers and string inside. Make sure everything is in place, then gently close the clothespin.(This step is optional, but will ensure everything stays put.)
Using a glue gun or white glue, attach the googly eyes and the pom pom nose.
To make the scarf, cut a piece of ribbon about 12 inches long and wrap it around the clothespin twice, right over the little groove where the metal piece sits.
Tie it in a double knot on the side of the clothespin, then trim the ends of the ribbon to be about 1/2 an inch to 1 inch long (make one end slightly longer than the other). Shape the scarf so that the ends of the ribbon point downwards.
Your clothespin reindeer is complete!
To prevent the ink from bleeding on the wood, add a small line of white glue to the clothespin before you draw on it. Spread the glue into a thin, even layer using your finger and wait for it to dry (usually less than 10 minutes) before drawing on the wood.