This craft is an oldie but a goodie. There’s a reason these old-fashioned traditions stand the test of time. This is a fun activity to do with little kids while teaching them the story of Rudolph and Santa’s reindeer. Even preschoolers can maneuver popsicle sticks and craft pom poms to make a holiday ornament that’s bound to be cherished for years down the line. Don’t forget to write their name and the year on the backside!
- Three popsicle sticks
- Googly eyes
- Red pom pom
- Two brown pipe cleaners
- Craft glue
- Brown paint or marker (optional)
If you choose to color your popsicle sticks, go ahead and fill in the front side of the popsicle sticks using a brown marker or paint.
Glue the craft sticks into a triangle shape as shown above by placing a dot of glue where each popsicle stick meets.
Glue the googly eyes in place using two more dots of glue.
Glue the red pom pom in place as Rudolph’s nose.
Wrap the pipe cleaners around the corners of the reindeer’s head and bend them to look like antlers.
Some people choose to cut out mistletoe or holly shapes from construction paper to glue onto the reindeer’s head, or tie on a bow or sparkles. You can even use different colored googly eyes, noses and antlers to let children create reindeer versions of themselves! These make really cute holiday name tags when hung from a desk or tied to a string to serve as a necklace. You could even use these as creative gift tags and write “To” and “From” on the reindeer’s forehead, or make all of Santa’s reindeer along with Santa himself to stick onto a wreath!
What creative popsicle stick crafts can you think of for the holidays?