Clothespin Reindeer

This easy clothespin reindeer ornament is a cute decoration for the Christmas tree.

Age: 7 and up

Difficulty: Easy

Time scale: 2 out of 5



  • scissors
  • tacky glue
  • red felt (1x3 inch)
  • 8 inch length of heavy gold thread
  • 2 small google eyes
  • 1 small red pompom
  • 1 small brown pompom
  • 3 round slotted clothespins
  • small paint brush
  • black craft paint

Clothespin Reindeer Instructions


Glue two clothespins together with the slots facing each other, using tacky glue.

These will be the body and legs of the reindeer.


Turn a clothespin upside down and glue a 1/4 of the way down from the top, to the side of the ones that have already been glued together. 

This will be for the head and the horns. 


Check out the pictures, if this makes no sense and you will be able to see what I mean. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words and you probably don't want to take hours JUST reading directions. If you are a guy, I'm pretty sure you won't be reading any of this at all. We all know that guys don't read directions. Don't be offended, it is a joke passed down for generations.

When these have dried, you can add the saddle on to his back.

Cut a red piece of felt into a rectangle that is 1 inch wide by 3 inches long. Round over the ends. Center this and glue it over the top and down each side of the two clothespins that have been glued together.


Glue a small brown pompom to the backside, for the tail. I'm sure you can figure out where it goes, but here is a picture anyways.

You can use a white pom pom instead, if you like.


Cut the back of a small red pompom, to flatten it slightly. Add glue to this side and attach to the rounded piece on the front of the clothespin, for the nose. 

That must be Rudolph! That is a REALLY big red nose.


Glue two small google eyes on the head, just down from the slotted part.

For a silly, goofy character, you can make one eye slightly bigger than the other, if you want. I didn't do this. Mine looks pretty goofy as it is.


Paint the hooves on the bottom (about a 1/4 of an inch) and on the insides of the legs, with black craft paint.


Cut a piece of heavy gold thread 8 inches long. Put it around the neck  and tie the ends to make a loop. 

Just like that, it's finished!

Let the glue dry well and then hang the clothespin reindeer on the Christmas tree.

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