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A unique mix of crafts, nature, homeschooling…life.

a herd of reindeer

This was one of those spontaneous projects that took me by surprise. I’ve been working on altering a nutcracker, but don’t really like the direction it’s going in. Harrumph. While looking through the tubs and tubs and tubs of Christmas decorations, I discovered a wooden reindeer that used to belong to my mother in law. The pattern looked simple enough, so I began to play. This is the result, which also brought me to a few other ideas I’ll be posting over the course of this week. If all goes as planned, I’ll have a nifty little winter scene for you to play with.

A few things about the reindeer:

– Smaller is better. I made one quite large and it didn’t stand well. If you want a big one, use cardboard or super heavy cardstock.

– I didn’t have double sided paper to use so I painted the back. Be careful not to make it too wet or the pieces will curl.

– I didn’t include the notches on the svg file. You’ll have to look at the print pattern and go with that. I found that by making my own cuts I had a bit more variety in the shapes f the reindeer. Kinda like nature.

– This is a good one for the kiddies. So have fun.



  1. Anonymous

    Once again…Very Nice!! You cease to amaze me!! nice gift to you Paxton friend! hahahaha!

  2. Anonymous

    you make the greatest patterns/templates! is there any way you could save them as jpg or png files?
    thanks for sharing!

  3. Karen from Ontario

    Hi…thanks for the template. I hope to use it with my daycare kids. Have you thought of using paper towel tubes with slits in them as the legs. My make a large reindeer more sturdy.

  4. Tabitha

    Just found your blog and I LOVE it! Thanks for all the templates and totally wonderful ideas!

  5. brittany

    I found your blog a few weeks ago and I love it! I just bought Sure Cuts A Lot today and it is awesome!! Thanks for sharing the.svg files with us!

  6. Spreadsheet Ninja

    Got bored at work, so to make things a bit more cheery I made one of these and put it next to our 1ft christmas tree! Great idea. Thanks!

  7. Pirate Raven

    We’re gonna try making these out of gingerbread for a gingerbread house party we are going to…. I think if you just cut notches instead of slits they should fit together the same. My HUSBAND linked me to you. I love it when boys do crafty stuff.

So, what do you think ?