Santa’s Clothespin Reindeer

on Dec 13th, 2012 | in Craft Tutorials, Holiday | 2 Comments

Santa’s Reindeer have never been so adorable. With a few craft supplies you can make Rudolph, Donner, Vixen and the rest of the gang in no time. I had leftover clothespins from my Easter Clothespin Bunnies and decided to create Rudolph for this year’s Christmas tree. I updated the standard clothespin reindeer, making it miniature and modern. Once I started, I couldn’t stop; I had to make more of Santa’s sleigh pullers.

Supplies needed:

  • felt sheets or scraps in a variety of colors
  • wooden clothespins
  • brown acrylic paint
  • 4mm wiggle eyes
  • 5mm red pom-poms
  • 4mm, 5mm or 6mm gold jingle bells
  • craft glue
  • foam brush
  • needle and red thread
  • embellishments (optional)


Step 1

Gather your materials.





Step 2

Using brown paint and foam brush, paint the clothespins. It’s best to paint a thin coat and let it dry thoroughly before adding the second coat.

Step 3

Glue wiggly eyes and nose in place on the clothespin with craft glue.

Step 4

Cut thin strips from felt for the collars – about an inch long is all you need. For Rudolph, glue or sew a jingle bell on the center of the felt strip before gluing his collar. Trim any excess from the collar before gluing.

Step 5

Personalize your reindeer with embellishments if you choose.


No need to add a hanger to make this an ornament for a tree, the clothespins will slide onto branches and hang perfectly. Happy Holidays!

2 Responses

  1. Connie Rivas says:

    I enjoy all small crafts as I teach young children, this is an ideal project.

  2. Sharon Adkison says:

    These are so very cute!! Even I could make them!

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