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How to Make Beautiful DIY Reindeer Ornaments with Wood Slices

How to Make Beautiful DIY Reindeer Ornaments with Wood Slices

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Looking for an easy Christmas ornament for kids to make? Keep scrolling to find out how to make these DIY Reindeer Ornaments.
This DIY Rudolph Reindeer Ornament tutorial was written by family travel expert Marcie Cheung. This may contain affiliate links. If you click a link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission at no cost to you. All opinions remain my own.

Every Christmas tree needs a Rudolph ornament. I mean, he’s pretty much the heart and soul of the whole Santa operation. But if you can’t buy one, why not make some DIY reindeer ornaments instead?

Making these DIY wood slice ornaments at home is a good family activity. Plus, it’s a beautiful addition to your Christmas tree this holiday season.

These are perfect for making with younger children or in a classroom setting. The directions are simple, and you can buy the materials in bulk.

These are easy Christmas crafts to make and sell online or at local craft shows this holiday season.

Making this Rudolph wood-slice Christmas ornament is sure to be an instant classic.

Keep scrolling to find out how to make this Rudolph Christmas ornament out of wood slices!

How to Make a Rudolph Ornaments

Level: Easy

Time: 10 minutes 

These are the materials you'll need to make these DIY reindeer ornaments from wood slices.

Reindeer Wood Slice Ornament Materials Needed:

DIY Reindeer Ornaments with Wood Slices Tutorial

Fold the ribbon in half and place the ends on the back of the large wood slice.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornaments step 1. Image of a wooden slice with a red ribbon.

Open a stapler, and place it flush against the ribbon, and staple it to the top of the wood slice.

How to make a DIY Christmas ornaments step 2. Image of a blue stapler stapling the red ribbon to the wood slice.

I stapled it twice to ensure it was securely attached. 

How to make a DIY reindeer ornaments step 3. Image of a red ribbon stapled twice on a wood slice.

Cut a piece of the gold pipe cleaner, approximately 2” long. Cut an additional piece, approximately 1 ½” long.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 4. Image of scissors cutting a gold pipe cleaner into 2 pieces.

Place the shorter piece behind the longer piece of pipe cleaner in the shape of a cross.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 5. Image of gold pipe cleaners like a cross.

Twist the shorter pipe cleaner around the longer piece to attach. Angle it upwards to form an antler.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 6. Image of gold pipe cleaners twisted.

Place the antler to the left of the ribbon and attach it with a stapler to the wood slice.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 7. Image of gold pipe cleaner being stapled onto a wood slice.

Repeat this process to make the right antler, and again attach with a stapler to the right of the ribbon. 

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 7. Image of two pipe cleaners and a red ribbon stapled onto a wood slice.

Cut a 1” strip of the foam sheet.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 8. Image of someone cutting a strip of brown foam.

Fold the end of the strip up approximately 1 ½”.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 9. Image of someone folding a piece of brown foam.

Cut out a marquis shape to make the ears. You may need to cut again to separate the ears.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 10. Image of someone cutting reindeer ears out of brown foam.

Place the foam ears to the left and right of the gold pipe cleaner antlers. Attach them to the wood slice using a stapler. 

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 11. Image of a stapler stapling brown foam ears onto the wooden slice.
This is what it will look like with both foam ears stapled onto the wood slice.

Flip the large wood slice over, and school glue the small wood slice to the bottom center. Let dry. 

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 12. Image of someone putting a dot of Elmer's glue onto the wood slice.
How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 12. Image of someone gluing a small wooden slice onto a larger wooden slice.

Glue a red pom pom to the top center of the small wood slice. 

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 13. Image of someone gluing a red pom pom onto a small wood slice.
How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 12. Image of someone gluing a red pom pom onto the reindeer ornament.

Remove the backing from the adhesive eyes and place it on the large wood slice above the pom pom nose. 

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 13. Image of someone peeling off the backing of a googly eye.
How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 13. Image of a reindeer ornament made of wood slices with googly eyes.

Using a permanent black marker, draw a mouth under the red nose.

How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 14. Image of someone drawing a mouth on their wood reindeer ornament.
How to make a DIY reindeer ornament step 14. Image of a wood slice reindeer ornament with a little face drawn on.

Your DIY reindeer ornament is complete and ready to be hung on the tree!

Final image of the DIY reindeer ornament hung on a wooden stick tree.

Caring for Your Christmas Ornaments

Now that you have this adorable reindeer craft, it’s important to take good care of them.

Luckily, I have some important tips regarding that matter. Here are some Easy Christmas Decoration Storage Ideas and Tips on How to Store Christmas Ornaments So They Won’t Break.

You can expect eventual wear-and-tear, like some parts falling apart, especially those Christmas crafts that use hot glue or school glue.

And if you love this cute Reindeer Wood Slice Ornament, you’re going to love more of my Christmas content.

Check out these 41 Amazing Christmas Paper Crafts to Make During the Winter. You can also make other crafts perfect for the holiday season, like my free Christmas Activity Printable. Also check out Santa Claus Letter Tips, and find out my favorite Free Christmas Traditions!

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