- Flannel fabric in a plaid or gingham pattern
- Reindeer pattern
- Fabric scissors
- Twigs for antlers
- Paint sticks for 5-gallon buckets
- ½” Wooden dowel
- Wood stain and white paint
- Pillow stuffing
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Optional: Miter box
2. Fold your flannel fabric so its doubled and trace the pattern on. Cut the pattern out of the fabric with your fabric scissors.
3. Glue the edges of the pattern together except along the bottom edge, what would be the belly of the reindeer and about 2” at the top of the head towards the back so you can insert the antlers when finished. Set aside to let the glue dry.
4. Cut your dowels down the height you want your legs to be. To angle them outward, cut an angle on each end of the legs.
5. Cut a paint stick in half and glue one half perpendicular to one end of the other so you create a right angle. This is frame for the body and neck of your deer.
6. Use hot glue to glue the four legs onto the bottom of the body paint stick. Now you have the “skeleton” of your reindeer.
7. Paint or stain the legs as desired. A dark stain with a white drybrush over the top a nice way to create a rustic effect. Allow them to dry completely before moving on.
8. Turn the fabric right side out and stuff it with the pillow stuffing.
9. Slide the stuffed reindeer body onto the “skeleton”.
10. Turn the deer on its’ side and close up the bottom by folding the fabric up underneath the belly and securing with glue.
11. Shove the antlers in the opening at the top of the head and secure with hot glue. Hold until secure.
12. Trace the ear and tail patterns onto the felt and cut them out.
13. Glue the ears and tail onto the deer.
14. Repeat steps 1-13 for as many reindeer you want to create.
15. Arrange into your Christmas décor and enjoy!