Easy Cardboard Reindeer

A simple pencil drawing from my sketchbook inspired these little reindeer.  I used cardboard from my recycle bin, twigs from my yard, strips of an old curtain panel, and some different glitters. They would make sweet tags for gifts or ornaments for the tree.  I clipped them onto a cord with clothespins to make a garland across my window.

The pattern is at the end of the post for your to print out if you’d like to make a herd of your own.

I covered this one with a crinkled piece of paper bag for added texture…

Champagne colored glass glitter…

Plain cardboard sprinkled with clear crystal glitter.  Looks like a cookie!

My favorite holiday glitter: Martha Stewart’s “Gold Tinsel”.



I had fun with this last one. I cut two deer patterns out of paper bag, sewed them together and stuffed it.  I added some brush bristles for eyelashes, an ear, and a tiny red berry for a nose.


Happy Holiday Season!

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Here’s the little reindeer if you’d like to print it out and use it as a pattern,  or just for a coloring page…


  1. So cute! I’ll be printing the little reindeer out for my daughter. We’ll have little reindeer all over the house in no time.

  2. Really sweet. I like the fact that they all individuals – not clones!!!!

  3. They are absolutely fantastic! I love your gorgeous ideas!

    Great sparkle and details with the eyelashes and twiggy antlers! So awesome to see xoxo

  4. Love, love, love these, they are adorable beyond belief. When you said you were making reindeer ornaments I was full of anticipation but these are even more amazing that I expected. You are so talented!

  5. These are adorable! I love the lashes and the twigs, especially the twigs with the leaves left on. I bet this would be cool for my kids to make as well.

  6. Those reindeer are just precious!!

  7. So cute Scarlett!! I love the one with the Crepe Myrtle seed pods on his antlers! You are so clever! xo ~Sue

  8. Floy Height

    Another simply charming project, who wouldn’t want these?

  9. Hi Scarlett – just delightful .. it makes me want to go and get creative – and that’s just so not me! But love the idea of the reindeer garland .. so clever and such fun to see them as you make and show us ..

    The padded one is a cutie .. fantastic .. with much love and hugs – Hilary

  10. Oh Scarlett, these are so cute!!! I love the bling. You can never have enough glitter 🙂 Such a wonderful and creative idea. Thank you for sharing!! ~Sophia

  11. Your little reindeer are as precious as you are dear. December Delights…

  12. Those are the cutest little reindeer I have ever seen!!! Love them

  13. Merry Christmas to you n’ yours! I love your sweet reindeer-so cute!

  14. Awe, these are gorgeous! Glitter, glitter . . .
    I came over to congratulate you on ANOTHER issue – your bordeaux pieces are so adorable (love the diamond glazed ladybugs 😉 and I am so happy for your feature! xoxo

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