Grab a few wine corks and some wire, we’re going to make wine cork reindeer with those two supplies and some hand tools.
Wine Cork Reindeer
Looking for a little craft to do with the kids and maybe you’ve been drinking a little more wine this year and have some leftover wine corks. (Hand raised here!) Today I have the quickest and easiest holiday craft for you. I made one of these while I was talking on the phone. It started while I was doodling with some leftover wire from the Plumbing Parts Holiday Decor project and suddenly I was looking at a cute little stick reindeer. And then he asked me to make him some friends, so I did.
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- Wire cutters
- Needle-nosed pliers
- 16 gauge multi-purpose utility wire
- Wine corks (2 per reindeer)
- Red bead or mini red pom poms
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Cut four 3″ lengths of wire. Two 2.5″ lengths and finally cut one 2″ length of wire.
Use the needle-nosed pliers to grasp one of the 3″ wires (for the legs). Push it into the side of a wine cork.
Continue pushing the other 3″ wires into the wine cork.
Adjust the legs so all four feet rest on the ground. You can bend and arch the legs if you wish.
Take the 2″ section of wire and insert it into the top of the wine cork.
Push the second wine cork onto the 2″ wire and bend the wire to shape the reindeer’s neck.
Take the remaining wires (2.5″ wires) and bend them into the shape below (like cattle horns.)
Grab the horns with the pliers and insert them into the head of your reindeer.
Only one of my reindeer was given a red nose (you and I know there is only ONE Rudolph!) Add a dab of glue onto the end of the wine cork head and press the red bead into the glue.
Then make a few friends for Rudolph…
…and have fun posing them and making them line up for Santa.
These would make a fun gift for the wine lovers in your family or the kids who are old enough that they don’t pose a choking hazard.
I have Rudolph and friends lined up on our mudroom coat rack.
Aren’t they cute?
Yes, I took 100 photos of these cuties — what are you trying to say? And yes, I may have drank a bit too much wine in 2020, but these were actually in my craft stash.
Have a Happy Holiday from me and Rudy!