How to Make Twig Reindeer


Twig reindeer are so cute! They’re definitely up there in my all-time favourite Christmas crafts. Making Christmas twig reindeer is actually pretty easy if you’ve got the right supplies. It’s a great project for a craft night or to do with your friends over coffee.

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I first made these DIY reindeer when I was in high school. My friend’s mom had us over for a holiday craft afternoon and we learned to make them. The twig reindeer mania was probably inspired by the lovely metallic twig reindeer at Pottery Barn.  They really are quite sweet:

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I’ve always made stick reindeer with a glue gun because it’s easiest to work with. The twine does a good job of hiding the hot glue so it’s not too unsightly. The one not-so-great thing about twig reindeer made with hot glue is that they don’t store very well. The wooden twigs shrink as they dry and the glue has a tendency to crack off while they’re in storage.

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I LOVE twig reindeer at Christmas! They're such a cute Christmas craft for a girls' night. They look so great on the Christmas mantle too. Here's how to make your own twig reindeer! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeermantle

Since we use our twig reindeer as Christmas decor each year, they really do need to be able to store easily. To create easy-to-store twig reindeer, I made some with floral wire. This keeps the reindeer flexible for storage, plus the floral wire gives them a bit of metallic shine.

Both the hot glue and the floral wire Christmas twig reindeer are pretty. Choose whichever method appeals to you (or whichever supplies you can get easily!). Hot glued reindeer should be stored standing up in a spacious box/bin and repaired with more hot glue next year if they need it.

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Supplies for Christmas Twig Reindeer

To make Christmas twig reindeer, you’ll need:

  • Handheld Pruners
  • Twigs
    • Use twigs of a similar colour and thickness to create a cohesive look.
    • Get lots of straight twigs to form the body. Each reindeer requires about 1 meter (1 yard) of straight-ish twigs
    • Also get some crazy branched twigs for the antlers of each reindeer.
  • Glue Gun OR Floral Wire (I used 22 gauge copper-coloured wire)
  • Thin Jute Twine
  • Multitool
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Red Felted Ball (optional – for Rudolf’s nose)
  • Protective Table Covering (optional, but definitely good to have with the glue…)

Get everything on-hand and ready before you start this project. It will go way better for you if you’re not running around clipping more branches from the yard while you’re in the middle of gluing twigs together.


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Steps: How to Make Twig Reindeer

1. Collect your supplies. You’ll need a bunch of straight twigs to create the reindeer body, plus some crazier branched twigs to create the antlers. Choose twigs of a similar colour and thickness if you’d like your reindeer to look cohesive.

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2. Create a head twig using the pruners for each reindeer you’ll be making. This twig should be straight and about 20 cm/8-inches long, although a bit of height variation amongst the group of reindeer is ok (and might look nice). At one end, leave a short branch coming off the main twig (this is the “head”). See photo below for a before and after example.

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Branches pointing down will create downward-looking reindeer. Branches pointing up (as pictured above) will create upward-looking reindeer. A mix of the two is nice.

3. Trim the straight twigs into pieces. Each piece should be about 10 cm/4-inch long. These will be used to make the body and three of the reindeer legs. Each reindeer will require 7 small straight twigs.

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4. Select some branched pieces to act as the antlers for each reindeer you’ll be making.

5. Lay out each reindeer by grouping the twigs for each reindeer together. See photo below.

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6. For the first reindeer, start by using hot glue or wire to attach four of the 10 cm/4-inch long pieces together to create the main body. If using glue, wait for it to dry before moving to the next step. For the wire, I found that 30 cm lengths (one foot) of wire worked well.

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SO cute! This tutorial for how to make twig reindeer is perfect for a fun Christmas craft. Use these DIY twig reindeer to decorate your mantle this holiday season! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeer

SO cute! This tutorial for how to make twig reindeer is perfect for a fun Christmas craft. Use these DIY twig reindeer to decorate your mantle this holiday season! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeer

SO cute! This tutorial for how to make twig reindeer is perfect for a fun Christmas craft. Use these DIY twig reindeer to decorate your mantle this holiday season! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeer

7. Glue or use wire to attach three legs (more 10 cm/4-inch long pieces) to the body. Try to make the legs roughly the same length so it will stand easily.

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8. Attach the head twig to the body. The bottom part of the head twig acts as the fourth leg. It’s helpful to prop the reindeer so it’s standing up while you attach the fourth leg to ensure the reindeer can stand properly.

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9. Attach the branched antlers to the top of the head twig using the hot glue or wire.

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SO cute! This tutorial for how to make twig reindeer is perfect for a fun Christmas craft. Use these DIY twig reindeer to decorate your mantle this holiday season! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeer

10. Cover glue that is showing with twine (optional). You may need more hot glue to hold on the twine. Alternatively you could paint or spray paint the reindeer (try metallic gold or silver, or try painting them black or white). Sparkle can be added with glitter too!

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11. Glue on the optional red felt nose.

12. Display on your mantle or another piece of furniture. Twig reindeer look great with twinkle fairy lights!

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Making Your Own Christmas Twig Reindeer

These minimalist twig reindeer are perfect for a rustic modern Christmas. They’re easy to make and stand up well (as long as you use enough glue/wire).

If you don’t have time to make them (or crafting isn’t your thing) consider ordering some handmade birch reindeer from Amazon Handmade.


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I LOVE twig reindeer at Christmas! They're such a cute Christmas craft for a girls' night. They look so great on the Christmas mantle too. Here's how to make your own twig reindeer! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeermantle

I LOVE twig reindeer at Christmas! They're such a cute Christmas craft for a girls' night. They look so great on the Christmas mantle too. Here's how to make your own twig reindeer! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeermantle

I LOVE twig reindeer at Christmas! They're such a cute Christmas craft for a girls' night. They look so great on the Christmas mantle too. Here's how to make your own twig reindeer! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeermantle

I LOVE twig reindeer at Christmas! They're such a cute Christmas craft for a girls' night. They look so great on the Christmas mantle too. Here's how to make your own twig reindeer! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeermantle

I LOVE twig reindeer at Christmas! They're such a cute Christmas craft for a girls' night. They look so great on the Christmas mantle too. Here's how to make your own twig reindeer! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeermantle

I LOVE twig reindeer at Christmas! They're such a cute Christmas craft for a girls' night. They look so great on the Christmas mantle too. Here's how to make your own twig reindeer! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeermantle

SO cute! This twig reindeer Christmas craft is perfect for your holiday craft night! Use these DIY twig reindeer to decorate your mantle this holiday season! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #ChristmasReindeer

SO cute! This twig reindeer Christmas craft is perfect for your holiday craft night! Use these DIY twig reindeer to decorate your mantle this holiday season! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #ChristmasReindeer

SO cute! This twig reindeer Christmas craft is perfect for your holiday craft night! Use these DIY twig reindeer to decorate your mantle this holiday season! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #ChristmasReindeer

I LOVE twig reindeer at Christmas! They're such a cute Christmas craft for a girls' night. They look so great on the Christmas mantle too. Here's how to make your own twig reindeer! #twigreindeer #stickreindeer #DIYreindeer #reindeermantle

 

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