Handmade Holidays: Reindeer Dust



Hello, I am DeDe from Designed Decor. If you have not met me before, I blog about handmade, decorating and just plain living. I am super excited to present this guest blog post for “Homemade for the Holidays” on One Artsy Mama.  I hope you will pop over and visit my blog when you can. Here on One Artsy Mama we are blogging about “Homemade for the Holidays”, today is my turn… I decided to share a fun family craft project that all can do even if you don’t have kids. This craft project makes great gifts for school parties or gifts for the little ones in your family, neighborhood kids or friends’ kids. One of the fun family traditions I started with my boys when they were younger was Reindeer dust. I would make it every year and give out to all the kids in my son’s classroom for their Holiday parties. I really enjoyed keeping this tradition going and spreading the tradition to other families. My hope was that someone from my son’s class, may have never heard about reindeer dust and would start their own family tradition.

Do you know the legend of Reindeer dust? Well here it is –
 
Here is the list of materials you will need for this fun family craft project.
 
 
 
Oatmeal
Glitter
Holiday food sprinkles
Brown foam sheet
Brown pipe cleaners
google eyes
jingle bells
scrapbook paper
pom-pom
ribbon
cello bag
 
Mix together the oatmeal, glitter and sprinkles. Add 1/2 cup of the mixture to each cello bag and seal closed.
 
 
Cut a square 4 by 4 piece of scrapbook paper and fold in half and adhere to the top of the closed cello bag.
 
Now you are ready to make your reindeer face. Hand draw the head shape and the ears then cut a template from the foam sheet continuing to cut as many as needed for gifts. Then cut out smaller ear shapes using the pink scrapbook paper, this is for the inside section of the ear. Use 1 pipe cleaner for each antler. Cut the pipe cleaner in half and wrap one half around the other near the top. Place the jingle bell on the tip of pipe cleaner and bend to secure the bell into place. Bend and position the antlers as needed. Make a small bow out of the ribbon to use as an accent for the bottom of the Reindeer face. Now you are ready to assemble your reindeer.
 
Glue the google eyes, nose, ears, and ribbon to the foam face. Then turn over and glue the antlers to the back of the face. Tip – keep the pipe cleaners long so they are the same size as the face shape. This gives the face extra support to stand up on the bag. Adhere the foam face on the front of the cello bag making sure to securely attach to the top and bottom to give extra support.
 
 
 
Here is the print version of the poem so you can copy and paste it to your computer, this way you don’t have to type the verse out.
 
On Christmas Eve before you sleep, step outside and take a peek. Be sure to take this packet and sprinkle it on the lawn. Santa’s reindeer travel miles before the dawn. The smell of the oats and glitter path will guide them on the way. You will wake up to Santa’s gifts on Christmas Day.
 
 There are many different versions to the Reindeer dust poem. Just do an internet search and you may find a version you like better. What other family traditions do you have for the holidays?
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2 comments on Handmade Holidays: Reindeer Dust

  1. Blythe
    November 27, 2012 at 7:46 PM (1 year ago)

    Cute idea!

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