Find a few twigs on your next woodland walk and you will have the main ingredients you need to make a twig reindeer. The simplicity and naturalness of the branches used makes a really wonderful Christmas decoration.
We collected twigs from several walks. We found that those from horse chestnut trees were ideal as they had thin branches that divided nicely like reindeer antlers. We also cut some stems from the green and red dogwood in the garden. So you don’t have to go too far for your supplies. This meant we started with a lovely bunch of twigs which actually look quite good on their own in the vase.
Any young children helping with this project will need to be assisted with cutting the twig. You could use scissors or just snap any very thin twigs. For the thicker stems I used secateurs.
For the body you will need a piece of twig about 8/9 inches long. Then you will need 2 “Y” shaped stems about 7 inches in length (though you could go shorter to about 4 inches). You then need to attach the legs to the body. Set them back about 1 to 1/2inch along the body. We firstly tried to glue together. However as this seemed not be too easy we opted for tying with red twine. I think this also adds to the overall image of the reindeer. We tied as tight as possible and kept the reindeer on its side until both sets of legs were on. The front set of legs was very slightly inclined backwards. You need to cut the stem on the back “Y”.
Choosing the piece de resistance was the best bit of the whole project. We opted for some twigs that my son had found still with a few leaves on. They were perfect. Again we tied the two antlers to the neck in 2 different places, rather than sticking them with glue.
We will be making more of these in the coming days as it is a great way of bringing the outdoors inside – though not sure we make enough for them to pull Santa’s sleigh. Merry Christmas.