How to make wine cork reindeer ornaments

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How to make wine cork reindeer ornaments
Corks form the head and body of the reindeer. (Photos by Terri Rawls)

Everyone loves the fun and beauty of Christmas, and making your own wine cork ornaments can add memories that will last for ages. The simplest materials, whether paper, clay or corks can be crafted into ornaments that will last a lifetime with proper care. Making reindeer ornaments is a great way to build memories and recycle some of the wine corks you may have saved up over the holiday season.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 4 small wine corks
  • Medium wine cork
  • Large wine cork
  • Brown pipe cleaner
  • Tan construction paper
  • 2 small craft eyes
  • Small, red bead
  • 3 inches of thin ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Pencil
  • Scissors

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Draw two ears and one tail onto a piece of tan construction paper. A simple arched or pointed shape with a flat bottom is all you need. Cut out each piece and set aside until Step 6.

    How to make wine cork reindeer ornaments
    A simple ear or tail pattern should be drawn to scale with the corks.
  2. 2

    Attach the four small wine corks to the bottom of the large wine cork with hot glue. One at a time, place a glob of hot glue onto the flat surface of the small corks and press into place. This will create the legs for your reindeer.

    How to make wine cork reindeer ornaments
    Use hot glue to join the corks.
  3. 3

    Place a glob of hot glue onto the side of the medium wine cork and position it onto the top-front side of the large wine cork. This creates the head for the reindeer.

    How to make wine cork reindeer ornaments
    Glue the head to the cork body.
  4. 4

    Attach the small, red bead on the front of the medium cork for the reindeer's nose. The safest and easiest way to do this is to place a small dab of hot glue onto the cork and press the bead into the hot glue, being very careful not to get your fingers into the hot glue.

  5. 5

    Hot-glue the reindeer's eyes to the top of the head one at a time. Again, the easiest and safest way to do this is to place a small ball of hot glue onto the cork and press the eyes into the glue using the end of a pencil. The pencil helps keep your fingers from being burnt by the hot glue.

    How to make wine cork reindeer ornaments
    Googly eyes add a charming touch.
  6. 6

    Hot-glue the construction-paper ears and tail in place. Put a small drop of hot glue onto the cork and press the paper pieces into place with the end of a pencil. Construction paper is very thin, and fingers can be burnt through the paper.

  7. 7

    Construct a hanger for the wine cork reindeer ornament. Fold the 3-inch piece of ribbon in half, making a loop. Attach the ribbon to the head of the ornament by placing a small dab of hot glue onto the reindeer's ears and pressing the ribbon into place with a pencil. Because the ribbon is what allows you to hang the reindeer ornament, sink the ribbon into the hot glue well.

  8. 8

    Create the antlers of the wine cork reindeer ornament out of a pipe cleaner. Cut the pipe cleaner in half with a pair of scissors. Bend each pipe cleaner piece in half again, creating antlers for each side of the head. Glue the bent end of the pipe cleaner on behind the ears and ribbon. Shape the antlers by bending them gently.

    How to make wine cork reindeer ornaments
    Pipe-cleaner antlers finish your ornament.

Tips and warnings

  • Work gently with the pieces to avoid breaking them apart.
  • If working with children, craft glue can be used instead of hot glue.
  • Hot glue can cause severe skin burns. Proceed carefully.

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