I think that I could quite easily win the title of Britain’s least practical man so to find myself this afternoon brandishing secateurs a screwdriver and a sharp blade was enough to bring me out in a cold sweat, not least as I was going to attempt to make something crafty. Practical and crafty – hmmmm. The idea was to try and make Reindeer table decorations that we’d seen in a magazine but of course then couldn’t find the magazine so a bit of Googling later and I had a vague idea of what to do and together with the kids we came up with our own little herdgang ! We had huge fun doing this and if I can do it you can too. Here’s how:
- Drink copious amounts of wine over the previous few weeks and save the corks (you need one and a half cork per reindeer that you want to make
- Head out into (in my case) the Mordor-like winter garden and cut some lengths of twig, keeping your eye open in particular for bits that that branch off that can form the antlers
- Cut up the twigs into the same lengths. You need 5 pieces for each reindeer (4 legs and 1 neck) as well as 2 antler sets.
- Take one of the corks and cut it in half with a sharp knife (you want something like a Stanley knife/ craft knife here). These halves will form the heads.
- Find your smallest phillips screwdriver and make all the holes you will need. Do this before you start putting the reindeer together. You will need 4 holes for the legs in one of the complete corks then on the other side from where you have done the leg holes, 1 for the neck. In one of the half corks, again 1 for the neck and 2 on the other other side for the antlers. I found that by holding the cork firmly, twisting and pushing quite hard on the screwdriver you can make the holes easily.
- Now for assembly. 4 legs in, antlers into the head, then neck into the head then head onto the body.
- Finally we added some decoration. I used the secateurs to cut up some red pins so they could form the nose and we used various bits of wool, tinsel, ribbon etc to make some scarfs.