It is Raining Reindeer Crafts for Kids

This Christmas you can help Santa Clause out by doing reindeer crafts for kids. Soon you will have decorations for your wall, tree, and refrigerator.

reindeer crafts for kids
clothespin deer
candy cane
fruit cup
toilet roll reindeer
shape reindeer
paper plate reindeer crafts for kids

Clothespin Reindeer

clothespin reindeer

You will need;

  • Clothespins small or large
  • Brown and red craft foam
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Hole punch
  • Tacky glue
  • Magnet or Pin back
  • Pompom if you use a large clothespin
cut foam to fit clothespin

Cut a rectangle that will fit the side of clothespin to the metal spring. With scissors round one end of the rectangle. The small clothespin uses a piece 1 1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide. The regular size uses craft foam 2 1/4 inches long and 3/4 inch wide.

Glue the craft foam to the clothespin.

glue on a pin back to the back

With hot glue add a pin back to the small clothespin.

glue a magnet to the back

Or glue  magnet to the back of the larger clothespin.

add nose and eyes

If you are using the small clothespin make a circle with a hole punch. Glue the circle for the nose.

For the larger clothespin glue a red pompom near the rounded end for a nose.

Glue on wiggly eyes near the top of the brown craft foam.

Candy Cane

candy cane reindeer

Everyone likes candy canes for Christmas. Make several of these reindeer crafts for kids to give out to friends and family.

You will need;

  • 2 candy canes
  • Two brown 12 inch pipe cleaners
  • One red 12 inch pipe cleaner
  • Label
  • Tape
  • Black permanent marker
tape candy canes together

Tape the two candy canes together near the bottom and top. You will want the bend part facing out.

slip pipe cleaner under tape

For horns place one end of a pipe cleaner under the tape near the curve of the candy canes.

wrap and bend to make horns

Wrap the pipe cleaner around the curve three times. Then bend the top of the pipe cleaner down about 1 inch from the candy cane. Wrap the end around the candy cane and the pipe cleaner to make the second horn. Make horns on the other candy cane the same way.

roll a pipe cleaner into a circle

Make a circle with the red pipe cleaner. Leave about a 1 inch tail. Slide the tail under the tape and between the two candy canes at the bottom. Make a circle of tape and tape the nose piece in place.

add eyes

Draw the eyes on the label with the black marker. Stick the label on the tape near the top of the candy cane.

Fruit Container Deer

Use a recycled individual fruit container to make this Christmas ornament.

fruit cup deer

You will need;

  • Empty individual fruit container
  • Brown permanent marker
  • 3 inch red pipe cleaner
  • Red bead
  • 12 inch brown marker
  • Wiggly eyes
color the cup

With brown marker color the outside of the fruit cup.

Parents should help with poking holes. With scissors poke two small holes in bottom of the cup near the triangle recycle symbol. You want it large enough for the ends of the pipe cleaner to go through.

Also, make two holes in the side of the cup about 2 inches apart.

add nose and horns

Thread a bead on the 3 inch pipe cleaner. Thread the ends of the pipe cleaner in the holes of the cup.

Thread the ends of the 12 inch pipe cleaner in the holes.

bend pipe cleaner

Bend the ends of the pipe cleaner down about 2 inches.

make second horn

Twist the end around the pipe cleaner. Fold the end down to make the second horn. Do the same on the other side.

add eyes

Glue on wiggly eyes.

Make a hole near the rim of the cup so that you can hang your deer on the Christmas tree.

Toilet Paper Roll Reindeer

Santa Claus’ sled was pulled by eight reindeer.  You could make nine reindeer crafts for kids, if you also want to add in Rudolph. (I made mine with a red nose. In the story, Rudolph was the only one to have a red nose. So you can make them with black if you want.)

toilet roll reindeer

You will need;

  • 1 toilet paper roll
  • 4 Popsicle sticks
  • 12-inch brown pipe cleaner
  • Pieces of brown and black paper
  • 2 wiggly eyes
  • 1 red or black small pompom
  • White glue
make holes in paper roll

To be safe have a parent help you with this step.

With your scissors cut four slits in the bottom side of your toilet paper roll. You will want the holes to be near the center. Make the holes big enough to be able to fit the sticks in.

Also, make two slits in the top side of your paper roll, make the holes near the front of the toilet paper roll. You will want it big enough to fit the pipe cleaner.

trace around Popsicle sticks

Trace brown paper to fit your Popsicle sticks. You will want to cover both sides of each stick, so you will want to cut out eight pieces.

make black hooves

Also, cut out eight 1/2 inch long pieces of black paper that is rounded at the bottom to make hooves.

glue paper to sticks

Glue all your pieces to the Popsicle sticks.

add sticks to roll

Stick your Popsicle sticks in the four slits you made in the toilet paper roll. They cross each other in the center so your deer can stand.

add pipe cleaner

Take your 12-inch pipe cleaner and stick it in the two slits that you made at the top of the paper roll. Twist the two end of the pipe cleaner together at the hole.

bend pipe cleaner to make horns

Fold about 1 inch from each end to make horns.

trace around open ends of paper roll

Trace the bottom of the toilet paper roll on brown paper. You will want to make it a little bigger than the hole in the paper roll. Cut out two of them. Place glue around the rims of both ends of the toilet paper roll. Place a piece of paper on each end.

add nose and eyes

Glue the wiggly eyes and pompom nose on the brown paper near the horns.

add tail

Cut out a small oval out of black paper to make a tail and glue to the other end. Let dry, then your reindeer is ready to pull the sled.

Easy  Reindeer Crafts for Kids

Christmas crafts that your preschooler can help make.

Paper Shapes

shape deer

Preschoolers can use it to make homemade cards for members of their family and friends.


  • Brown, Black, and Red paper
  • Black marker
  • Hole punch
  • Glue stick
cut brown shapes

Cut out a large oval out of brown paper for the head. Also, cut two brown long-slender rectangles and two shorter ones for the horns.

cut black pieces

Cut out a small black oval for the nose. Hole punch two black eyes.

glue shapes on paper

Glue your shapes on red paper.

add mouth

Make a mouth on the head under the nose with your marker. 

Paper Plate Deer

paper plate deer

You will need;

  • Paper plate
  • Brown crayon
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • White glue
  • Pompom
  • Large wiggly eyes
color plate

Color the plate brown. I used the side of the crayon.

cut of rim

Cut off the rim of the plate.

cut a large and smaller piece of the rim

Cut a piece about 5 1/2 inches and another piece about 5 inches.

cut pieces in half

Cut the pieces in half.

glue longer piece on the plate

Glue the longer pieces to the circle you cut from the plate.

add smaller pieces

Glue the shorter piece to the top of one of the pieces you just glued on. Do the same for the other side.

add eyes and nose

Add a pompom for the nose.

Add wiggly eyes.

Glue the reindeer to a piece of construction paper.

We know about Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, and Blitzen, We have heard the story about Rudolph. We also know that they probably did not fly. But did you know that the people of Russia used real reindeer to ride on and even have used them to pull their sleds? So you can still make reindeer craft for kids for Santa Claus to use.

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