Repurposed Log Reindeer ~ Christmas Ideas Tour

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It’s the Christmas season and what better way to enjoy this special time than being inspired by others and getting the itch to create? I am pleased to share with you my leg of the Christmas Ideas Tour that has been going on all week.

Before I go on, I want to remind you that my BEEP II auction and $350 prize package giveaway ends TODAY at noon EST, so be sure to pop on over to enter and bid! Winner announced tomorrow…eep!

2015 Christmas Ideas TourIf you missed the beginning of the tour, you can catch up by heading over to these wonderful blogs with oodles of Christmas spirit.

Monday – Mantels

Petticoat Junktion

My Creative Days

2 Bees in a Pod

Restoration Redoux

Atta Girl Says

Art is Beauty

Cottage at the Crossroads

Housepitality Designs

Shabbyfufu

Tuesday – Tablescapes

Postcards from the Ridge

Town and Country Living

Hunt and Host

Savvy Southern Style

All Things Heart and Home

HighStyle Restyle

This Makes That

Wednesday – Wreaths

Domestically Speaking

Our Southern Home

Mad in Crafts

H2O Bungelow

Sweet Pea

Around The Watts House

Thursday – Thrifty Crafts

Dukes and Duchesses

Confessions of a Serial Do-It-Yourselfer

Prodigal Pieces

The Interior Frugalista

Cupcakes and Crinoline

Girl in the Garage

Speaking of my leg of the tour, my contribution to help you get your craft on is this sweet, but rustic and repurposed log reindeer. Isn’t he cute? I’ve named him Buck. tee hee.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Back in the summer I acquired a five gallon bucket of old rusty railroad spikes and couldn’t wait to put them to use. My first project was my rustic pumpkins in the fall. Now my little reindeer is sporting these gorgeous legs.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

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Now while I realize you don’t all have access to such rusty treasures like these spikes, but you can still make this reindeer using branches for legs as well.

Let’s get started! Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 4″ diameter log cut to 8-9″ length
  • 3″ diameter log cut to a 4″ length
  • 1″ diameter branch cut to a 5″ length
  • 4 railroad spikes (or 4 – 1″ diameter branches approx. 12-18″ long)
  • scrap leather for the ears and tail (you can cut up a thrifted purse)
  • wood glue
  • table saw
  • jigsaw
  • drill
  • spade bit set
  • branches for antlers
  • scrap of red flannel or cotton for scarf  approx. 18″ long (optional)

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

First, be safe when using these power tools and wear protective eye wear and ear plugs. Now you’ve used your table saw to cut the wood to length, let’s get ready to assemble. Take your neck piece and using your table saw or jigsaw, give each end an angled cut, making sure the angles are opposing.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

In the next step, this is where having a set of spade bits comes in handy.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Find a bit that is the same diameter as your neck piece. Drill into the head at a slight angle. Do a dry fit and put the neck into the head as shown.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Grab your body piece and drill a similar hole as you did in the head, also going in at an angle.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Again, do a dry fit to make sure all is good and then disassemble. Time to add the legs. Roll the log over to opposite side of the head hole and place your leg holes where you see fit using a bit that will accommodate the spikes or branches you will be using for legs.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Pound in the spikes or branches, then assemble your reindeer using wood glue. Next we’ll add the branch antlers using a drill bit the size of the branches or twigs you find.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Placement is completely up to you, but I chose to put my ears to the side and the antlers on top pointing outward.

For the ears, I used some scrap leather from our Pottery Barn Knock-off bench and cut two ears and a tail. I have also used leather purses from a thrift store like I did in my feed sack purse.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Using the drill, make holes below the antlers and on the side with a ¼” drill bit. Add a few drops of glue into the hole. Pinch the ends of the leather to form a pleat then insert into the hole using a screwdriver to push it in.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Add your scrap of red flannel or whatever fabric you choose and your little creation is ready to deck the halls!

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

The best part about this is that these reindeer can be a part of your decor all year round, particularly if you have a rustic style.

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Not into DIY or looking for a last-minute gift and you want one of these little fellas for you own? Just head to my shop where you can find them ready for the holidays.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial and Christmas Ideas tour. If you’re hoping to see the rest of my Christmas decor, stop back on Monday to see what other repurposed goodness I’ve been up to.

Do pin and share so others can be inspired too! ♥

Create a rustic repurposed log reindeer in a few simple steps following this DIY tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

More holiday goodness for you:

Deliciously grain-free spice cookies that are perfect for the Christmas and holiday season by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

 

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31 Comments

  • Susan

    Wow! He is adorable! Clever idea using railroad spikes for legs! He’s just too cute!

    December 3, 2015 at 8:15 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I’m so happy you like it, Susuan! Thank you.

      December 5, 2015 at 5:26 am Reply
  • Lindsay Eidahl

    I love him! We made some birch wood reindeer last year and I still love them so much this year! 😉 Sometimes things don’t last that long around here, but he has!!! 😉

    December 3, 2015 at 8:33 am Reply
    • Larissa

      I bet it’s a treasure in your home. They’re so fun to have! Thanks for stopping by, Lindsay.

      December 5, 2015 at 5:26 am Reply
  • Christy @Confessions of a Serial Do-it-Yourselfer

    Oh goodness, he is too cute!! XO

    December 3, 2015 at 8:45 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Christy!

      December 5, 2015 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Mary-the boondocks blog

    He is just adorable. And the special touch is the little scarf!! I’ll have to go look for some scrap wood.

    December 3, 2015 at 9:11 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Go for it! You won’t be able to stop smiling when you make one. 😀

      December 5, 2015 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Karin Chudy (ART IS BEAUTY)

    Larissa, he is adorable…(I think its a he…I didn’t check underneath…:) )
    Love it!
    Hugs,
    Karin

    December 3, 2015 at 9:20 am Reply
    • Larissa

      hahahaha…yup. I think the antlers give it away, but I’ll check. 😉

      December 5, 2015 at 5:25 am Reply
  • Angie @ Postcards from the Ridge

    This is one of the cutest reindeers I’ve ever seen! I love the railroad spike legs. My great grandfather was a railroad engineer so I would love to have something like this for our hearth. You’re so creative!

    December 3, 2015 at 9:26 am Reply
    • Larissa

      That’s wonderful, Angie! You need to find yourself some and get a Buck in the works.

      December 5, 2015 at 5:24 am Reply
  • Sherry Fram

    Too cute! Love your reindeer! So festive and cheery!

    December 3, 2015 at 9:43 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks so much, Sherry!

      December 5, 2015 at 5:23 am Reply
  • Marie at The Interior Frugalista

    Buck is adorable and what makes him so special is those leather ears and tail and railroad tie legs! I just gave my son the railroad ties we collected from an old railroad line in BC a couple of summers ago. I’m going to show him this post so he can decorate his fireplace mantle with Buck’s sibling. LOL

    December 3, 2015 at 10:11 am Reply
  • Paula@SweetPea

    Buck is so cute!! I love how you made his legs out of railroad ties. When I first looked at your picture I thought that his tail was a magnolia leaf. I like the idea of a leather tail much better.

    December 3, 2015 at 10:22 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Ha! I can see how you would think a leaf. Cool. Yes, he had to have some buckskin leather. 😉

      December 5, 2015 at 5:22 am Reply
  • Shirley@Housepitality Designs

    Oh how cute!….I love the way you used those railroad spikes….I have a similar reindeer that was homemade and gifted to me…but got to say…yours is amazing!!!!…

    December 3, 2015 at 11:48 am Reply
    • Larissa

      What a wonderful gift to receive! I bet it’s a treasured piece in your home. Thank you for the love!

      December 5, 2015 at 5:21 am Reply
  • Mary Beth|Cupcakes and Crinoline

    This is one of the absolutely cutest Christmas crafts I’ve ever seen! Now I want one. Pinning this adorable cutie

    December 3, 2015 at 12:01 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Now all I need are some bottle brush trees, right? 😀 I just happen to have some in my stash. Yay!

      December 5, 2015 at 5:21 am Reply
  • Sharon

    Buck is adorable, but he looks sad. I think he needs a companion, perhaps a friend with doe-lful eyes.

    December 3, 2015 at 12:15 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      hahaha…thanks, Sharon. 🙂

      December 5, 2015 at 5:20 am Reply
  • Debrashoppeno5

    Buck is adorable and unique. I love the extra touches like the legs and ears.

    December 3, 2015 at 6:52 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Debra! He’s a welcome addition to our home.

      December 5, 2015 at 5:20 am Reply
  • Kim

    Oh my word that is adorable. Great job!!!

    December 3, 2015 at 7:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thanks, Kim! My kids couldn’t stop giggling when I showed it to them. I think we have a new family member. 😉

      December 5, 2015 at 5:20 am Reply
  • Maryann @ Domestically Speaking

    Oh my cuteness!!! So clever… love the use of railroad spikes!

    December 3, 2015 at 8:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      tee hee. 😀 Thank you, Maryann!

      December 5, 2015 at 5:19 am Reply
  • Kim @ Hunt & Host

    You are so creative, this is amazingly adorable. Always inspired by you and your gift!

    December 3, 2015 at 11:17 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Aww…thank you, Kim! I am blessed to do what I do.

      December 5, 2015 at 5:18 am Reply

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