This Wooden Clothespin Reindeer Ornament is a classic! I remember my own daughter bringing one home from school and when I taught Kindergarten, I made these with my class.
They’re easy to make and inexpensive, making them the perfect economical Christmas craft to make with your kids or with a group like Scouts/Brownies and classrooms. Use as a gift or attach to a package as a gift topper.
Wooden Clothespin Reindeer Ornament
You can often find most, if not all, of these items at your local dollar store!
- Wooden clothespins
- Brown paint
- Foam brush
- Small pre-made bows or holiday ribbon
- Small googly eyes
- Craft glue or hot glue gun
- Ribbon or twine
Step 1: Paint 3 clothespins with the brown paint. Allow to dry completely before applying a second coat. Allow that coat to dry completely before moving on to the next step.
Step 2: Using the craft glue or glue gun, attach two of the clothespins front to back (refer to the photo). This is the body of the reindeer.
Step 3: Cut a 4” length of ribbon and fold it in half, making a crease (this is your middle point). At the crease, attach the ribbon to the back of the reindeer’s body, about 1” from the top, with a bit of glue and tie it into a double knot around the front. This is his scarf.
Step 4: Using the craft glue or glue gun, attach the final clothespin to the front of the body, just above the scarf. This is the reindeer’s head.
Steps 5-6: Using the craft glue or glue gun, attach the red button or pom pom to the reindeer’s head, covering the hole of the clothespin. Attach the eyes above the nose.
Step 7: Cut a 6” length of ribbon or twine, form a loop and using the craft glue or glue gun, attach to the top of the back side of the ornament. Allow to dry completely before hanging.