Outdoor Christmas Decorating: Reclaimed Wood Reindeer
The other night, we were all in the car driving home and it started.
We started to sing Christmas carols.
I know its early.¬† But it was so much fun.¬† And the only one we all remembered all the words to...Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer.
What is it about him that we all love so much?
And I couldn‚Äôt be happier with our version ‚Äì a reclaimed wood reindeer.
‚Ä¶to warm up our front door this Christmas.
And it was fairly easy.¬† If you can use a jig saw and a screw gun, you are good to go.
- Scrap wood or plywood
- 4 spindles
- Reclaimed or salvaged wood
- Paint, stain or dark wax
1 ‚Äì Sketch out your shape on your scrap wood or plywood.¬† I used chalk to see it better and make changes.¬† I placed the spindles on it so I would have a sense of size.¬† I sketched the shape for the ears, tail and antlers on another piece.
2. Use a jigsaw to cut out all of your shapes. I used my new one from Ryobi which worked great and quickly.
3. Glue together your salvaged wood onto a piece of thin plywood.¬† We also added a few nails into the plywood to hold it together.¬† This piece will make the ‚Äúflanks‚Äù of your reindeer.¬† I used the same methods as above, sketching the shape in chalk on the back side and then cutting through both the plywood and salvaged wood with a jigsaw.¬†
4. Drill pilot holes and use screws to attach all the pieces together.
5. Stain, paint or wax your reindeer.¬† I used Annie Sloan dark wax to pull it all together.
6. Add some ribbon and greenery and place it outdoors (best undercover) or indoors.
¬†And if there happens to be ‚Äúone foggy Christmas eve‚Äù, just add a red nose and you will be all set!
Thanks so much for reading and wishing you a great day!