I admit it. I am a Christmas Reindeer fan and a Christmas Reindeer Ornament fan. I harken this back to when my parents introduced me to Rudolph and a reindeeromance began. The original Rudolph The Reindeer was always my favorite television show. Oh how I rooted for Rudolph … but I digress.
A few years ago I decided to start collecting an eclectic herd of Reindeer for the holiday season. Each year I make or find a reindeer to add to the collection which of course only comes at Christmas. Anything goes the tasteful reindeer, the lighted reindeer, the bedazzled glitter reindeer because who doesn’t love the reindeer with a little glitz (did I really buy that? I did.)
This year after a bumper crop of walnut shell crafts I found this adorable and oh so easy to make DIY Reindeer Ornament with walnut shells.
How To Make Reindeer Walnut Shell ornament
Dollar Store Alert! All the materials except the walnut shells were found at the Dollar Store or you probably already have most in your craft DIY stash.
Walnut Shells halved
Brown Foam Paper or cardstock
Clear drying craft glue, I love Weldbond for all my crafts
Ribbon for ornament hanger
This is not an original idea, I found a fabulous tutorial at Red Ted Art. This is how I made the craft, but if you need images to help, cruise on over to view the Red Ted Art’s wonderful tutorial.
- Prepare materials.
- Cut your antlers freehand from the brown foam paper or cardstock. Remember this is a great kids craft, so no need to be perfect. I found it easier to free hand cut the antlers then use a template.
- Cut the length of ribbon needed to hang the finished ornament.
- Lay one side of the walnut, open side up, on the table. If the walnut will not lay flat, help the walnut by propping up the sides.
- Generously glue the rim of the open walnut shell. This is why clear drying glue should be used.
- With the open side of the walnut facing up: position the antlers and position the ribbon. Think antler, end of ribbon, end of ribbon, antler for the order. Position the antlers and ribbons close together at the top of the open walnut shell.
- Lay the second walnut shell on top. Press tightly and hold.
- Let dry. I let the walnut dry for 10 minutes.
Draw on the eyes with a black sharpie.
Glue the red pom pom on the bottom of the shell for Rudolph’s nose.
Step away and let the ornament fully dry. I like to let the ornament dry overnight just to ensure the glue is absolutely dried and the walnut is secured.
Hang your DIY Christmas Reindeer Ornament!