Wine Cork Reindeer – Quick. Cute. Holiday Craft.


Welcome to Day Two of 10 Days of 15 Minute DIY Gift Ideas!

10 days of 15 minute DIY gift ideas

I have the quickest and easiest craft for you today. I literally made one of these while I was talking on the phone. 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.

Materials:

  • Ruler
  • Wire cutters
  • Needle-nosed pliers
  • 16 gauge multi-purpose utility wire
  • Wine corks (2 per reindeer)
  • Red bead
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

 

Instructions:

Cut four 3″ sections of wire. Two 2.5″ sections and finally cut one 2″ section 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 (because 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.

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 wouldn’t pose a choking hazzard.

I have Rudolph and friends lined up on our mudroom coat rack. The kids like to play with them.

Okay, I admit it…and so do I!

Yes, I took 100 photos of these cuties — what are you trying to say? And no I didn’t drink all the wine. My friend gave me a huge bag of corks.

Have a Happy Holiday from me and Rudy!

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Comments

  1. Oh my gosh I LOVE THESE!!!! Just cute as can be! They would look perfect on a holiday bar display! Fun! (pinned & shared!)

  2. Well I better start drinking more wine so I have enough corks to make a few. Adorable!

  3. These are wonderful! I’m thinking about giving them to my coworkers for our christmas party. Any idea where I can get some unused wine corks?

  4. This will go along with the little green twig I have in a cork (tiny Christmas tree). Thanks for showing EXACTL how to do this. I think this could be an ornament, too. Linda
    http://twosucculentsisters.blogspot.com/2012/11/sweet-little-tree.html

  5. Super cute!! And, I’m in luck — we have TONS of corks at home…just collecting dust. After water, wine is my favorite drink.

    I think my mom would love these. Thanks a bunch!

  6. Adorable!

  7. Cute, haha! Makes me wish I hadn’t tossed all those corks this summer :p

  8. Those are absolutely adorable!!! Just pinned and will keep in mind for next year! :)

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