popsicle stick reindeer

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!

preschool holiday craft supplies


  • Three popsicle sticks
  • Googly eyes
  • Red pom pom
  • Two brown pipe cleaners
  • Craft glue
  • Brown paint or marker (optional)


popsicle stick reindeer

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.

popsicle stick reindeer craft

Glue the craft sticks into a triangle shape as shown above by placing a dot of glue where each popsicle stick meets.

popsicle stick reindeer eyes

Glue the googly eyes in place using two more dots of glue.

rudolph nose craft

Glue the red pom pom in place as Rudolph’s nose.

popsicle stick reindeer

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?

5 Responses to Popsicle stick reindeer

  1. Catherine says:

    This is such a classic Christmas craft. I love it! I had never thought of using a paint maker though, we’ve always just colored the sticks with markers or crayons or painted them. The marker is a good idea.

  2. I love this so much! Seriously, this craft never goes out of style. I love that washable marker totally works for these and I don’t have to worry about my kids staining their hands.

  3. How have I never seen this one before!!??? I have been on the hunt for an easy Christmas craft to do with Little Man that isn’t too involved. Gonna try this when he wakes up from his nap!

  4. Adorable! My boys would love making these. I think we’d add a ribbon & then hang them on the tree for an ornament! 🙂

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