How to make a rustic reindeer

June 3, 2012, 12:00 am Yahoo!7

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A log reindeer is a fun holiday ornament to decorate your home or garden. Tie a red bow around its neck and stand it at the front of your place to greet your guests, or make mini versions and sit them on the table.

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Gather your supplies

  • Branches and twigs, preferably dry, in a range of sizes for body, head, neck, tail, legs and antlers
  • Timber drill and spade bits
  • Bow saw
  • Secateurs
  • Stanley or sharp garden knife
  • Battery drill
  • Construction adhesive (optional)
  • Notes:

    The size of your reindeers will depend on the material available. There are no rules and they can be as big or small as your materials allow.

    Here's How

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      Step 1: Use saw and secateurs to trim pieces of branches and twigs to desired size. You’ll need to create a body, head, neck, tail, 2 antlers and 4 legs.
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      Step 2: To make legs, use spade bit to drill 4 holes, angled slightly outwards, in underside of body. Use a knife to whittle down 1 end of each leg to create a tight fit in holes, then push each in place. If needed, you can apply a small amount of adhesive to hold each leg more securely.
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      Step 3: To make tail and neck, drill a hole near back of body for the tail, and another hole for the neck, angled slightly towards the front. Insert twigs for neck and tail, gluing in place to secure, if desired.
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      Step 4: To make head and antlers, drill a hole in underside of head, angled slightly so head tilts forward. Drill 2 holes near top of head for antlers. Fit head to neck and antlers on top of head.

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    This makes one reindeer.

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