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. Let me introduce you to my repurposed log reindeer. But first…
If 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
Tuesday – Tablescapes
Wednesday – Wreaths
Thursday – Thrifty Crafts
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.
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 repurposed log reindeer is sporting these gorgeous legs.
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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
- spade bit set
- branches for antlers
- scrap of red flannel or cotton for scarf approx. 18″ long (optional)
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.
In the next step, this is where having a set of spade bits comes in handy.
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.
Grab your body piece and drill a similar hole as you did in the head, also going in at an angle.
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.
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.
Placement is completely up to you, but I chose to put my ears to the side and the antlers on top pointing outward.
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.
Add your scrap of red flannel or whatever fabric you choose and your little creation is ready to deck the halls!
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.
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. (SOLD)
I hope you’ve enjoyed this tutorial for my repurposed log reindeer. 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.
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