The plan this year for my holiday decorating is to scale things down and simplify AND I am hoping to make most of my decorations using what nature has to offer. (this is the plan, however, things could change!) I've been gathering pinecones, twigs, logs, etc. and am hoping to turn them into rustic, yet beautiful Christmas decor. Hmmm...we'll see.
My first project that I'd like to share with you is my reindeer plaque. (I saw this in an old Canadian Living Christmas Idea magazine from 1986.)
Here's what you'll need to make your own:
1 - log approximately 3" in diameter and approximately 6" long
2 - 5/8" dowel pieces cut 2 3/4" long (for ears)
2 - 3/8" wooden plugs (for eyes)
2 - branches/twigs for antlers
Scrap piece of pine 9 1/2" x 10"
Drill bits, wood screws, wood glue, drill
Self-leveling hanger (for back)
1. Cut the log at an angle approximately 1" from the end. Now, turn the long end of the log (the head) around 180 degrees so that it is at an angle to the shorter piece (the neck). Secure using wood glue and wood screws.
2. For the plaque, at the bottom of the pine find and mark the center. Measure from the bottom 3 1/2" up each side and mark. From these points, draw your angles and cut off. (I used my scroll saw.) Sand using 100-grit and then 220-grit sandpaper.
3. Attach the reindeer's head/neck onto the plaque just below the center using wood glue and wood screws.
4. Drill 5/8" holes in the side of the head for the ears and secure the dowel with wood glue.
5. Drill 3/8" holes in the top of the head for the eyes. Use wood glue to secure the wooden plugs.
6. Drill holes at the top of the head for the antlers and secure the twigs with wood glue.
7. Attach the self-leveling hanger to the back of the plaque, for hanging.
You can leave it as is or finish it any way you desire. I stained the plaque, reindeer's head, neck and ears with a dark walnut stain. And, for the pictures, I added a burlap bow and some berries to the antlers, however, I think rusty bells would look cute tied around his neck.
I hope you enjoyed this project and, thank you, for stopping by for a visit. Have a great day.