There is just something about reindeer that is so cute! I’m sharing with you the details of how to make these Reindeer Paint Stick Ornaments, perfect for students to make for their families this year! They are a quick, easy, and inexpensive gift idea!
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To make the Reindeer Paint Stick Ornament, you’ll need the supplies listed below.
- A paint stick – one per student
- One and a half sticks of pipe cleaners for the antlers per student
- 1/3 of a pipe cleaner as his collar per student
- One small jingle bell per student
- One small red pom pom ball per student
- 2 googley eyes per student
- Brown acrylic paint
- Paint brushes
- School glue or hot glue gun
- Black Sharpie
- Twine or baker twine
- Picture of the student for the back of the ornament if possible
I like to pick up the pipe cleaners, small jingle bells, pom pom balls and googley eyes at Dollar Tree. It makes for a very inexpensive gift for an entire class. You can grab the paint sticks at your local hardware store too.
Make the reindeer oranament
To make the reindeer ornament, start by having each student paint their paint stick brown. Set aside and let dry. Once the stick is dry. Take the longest pipe cleaner and twist it around the paint stick once where it curves in. You may want to put a bead of hot glue here to help it stay in place. Nnow end out your pipe cleaner like to look like a large U. Take the half of pipe cleaner and cut it in half. Use on of the halves and twist it around the top portion of one of the end of the pipe cleaner. Do the same for the other side. Now you have your antlers. Next, glue on the eyes and the red pom pom for his nose.
Lastly, the students will take their 1/3 piece of pipe cleaner and thread the jingle bell onto it sliding it to the middle of the pipe cleaner. Have them take the pipe cleaner and pull it around the paint stick twisting it in the back to stay closed. Again you may want to use some hot glue to help it stay in place here. Now your students have an adorable reindeer ornament!
Last step is to have them turn over their reindeer , add a picture if possible and have them write their name and year. Such a wonderful keepsake for their family!
If you need a cute way to wrap up the ornament if they will be giving them as a gift, you might want to grab the free template to make these cute reindeer bags. Click here to get the template and instructions now.
Let us know if you have your students make these easy, inexpensive ornaments to give to their families this year!
See you next time!