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My gramps has been working on our handmade christmas decorations for the last 7 months! I am not kidding. The man has been in his workshop everyday for months making reindeer and santa sleighs. One afternoon last month, I took a break from our bathroom renovation project and learned how to make reindeer. He has quiet the setup in his workshop so needless to say, it’s a pretty cool place to hang out.
My gramps has made 75 reindeer so far and is still cutting them out!
This is actually a super easy project. The scroll saw was a bit intimidating at first but really easy to use after about 5 minutes of cutting. We started with a 1/2 inch piece of pine and traced the reindeer onto the wood. Once you have your pattern, just start cutting. My gramps got me started by showing me how to start the cuts.
Now it’s my turn. You could use this method for ornaments, signs or any handmade christmas decoration.
Once my reindeer was cut out, I used mod podge, glitter and silver “glitter blast” spray to pretty up my wooden reindeer. My gramps was disgusted with me because I didn’t stain it. He rolled his eyes and said, “kid, I don’t know about you.”
I had some left over fleece fabric from my dog sweater tutorial so I made a no sew blanket for him.
Our elf on the shelf has made his debut.
I decided that my little guy needed a friend so I cut out another reindeer and blasted her with white crystal glitter.
I hope you enjoyed our how to make reindeer tutorial and we have inspired you to make some of your own handmade christmas decorations. If you don’t have a scroll saw, you can always use foam density board (purchased at any craft store) and use a scoring knife to cut out around your pattern. You don’t have to use wood!
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