Learn How to Make This Cool Retro Reindeer Car Ornament!
You guys might know I get really excited about Christmas around here, and I start baking all the cookies, listening to all of the music, and watching all the Hallmark movies as soon as November 1 rolls around. One thing I don’t do though… put up my tree early, or decorate much before Thanksgiving. One year I insisted we get our tree early, and it was DEAD by Christmas. I’m team real tree for the most part, so I’d rather wait until we can get a tree and know it will survive until the actual holiday. Why am I telling you all of this? Well, I am participating in a holiday ornament hop where everyone is sure to have beautiful handmade ornaments staged on Christmas trees. Not this girl. I’ve got a DIY reindeer vintage car Christmas ornament I am excited to share with you today, but it’s going to be hanging on a hook in my entry for my photos. I figured there were stars on the wall, so it was a little like the twinkling lights of a tree, right? Imagine, if you will. 😉 Anyhow, I am so excited today to join several other bloggers with tons of DIY ornaments to inspire your holiday crafting!
To be perfectly honest, I had NO idea what on earth I was going to make for this hop and was struggling to be inspired. However, I then saw the CUTEST dinosaur reindeer at Sweet Clover (well, I couldn’t get to the store in Maryland, but I saw them on their facebook page. They weren’t ornaments, but had been crafted by one of their vendors. I thought it might be fun to take that idea and turn it into an ornament so I headed off to my local Michael’s store to pick up one of those Toobs of dinosaurs, little red pom poms, and pipe cleaners.
Obviously, this post is not about a dinosaur ornament, so what happened to that idea? Well, the Toob animals seemed just too small to become ornaments unless it was for a miniature tree. Dreams crushed, I wandered the aisles of Michaels with Wilder and Emmy and waited for inspiration to strike. I was sure it wouldn’t when suddenly I spied a pink 1959 cadillac model! Our house is a 1966 rancher with a pink front door, and it seemed like this car was perfect for this house, and my inspiration hit me like a speeding pink cadillac!
You know those cars you see on the roads during the holidays with the antlers and the reindeer nose? I’ve always wanted to get that kit for my car (I told you I was that girl!), but I never have… finally, I had a car I could add antlers and a red nose, too!
I gathered a few other supplies including pipe cleaners and tiny red pom poms and headed home to work on my ornament. Here’s everything you will need, should you decide to make your own:
- pink cadillac model
- tiny red pom poms
- tan pipe cleaners
- hot glue gun
- head pin
- red baker’s twine
- drill & a tiny metal drilling bit
(Disregard the eye hook I thought I was going to use, but changed for a head pin!)
- Using a drill with a tiny metal drilling bit (The size doesn’t really matter, as long as it is teeny and smaller than the top of your head pin!).
- Place a pipe cleaner through the side window spaces and bend it to fit in the front of the roof of the car. This will become the base of your antlers.
- Trim your pipe cleaner, and keep the extra pieces to create the antlers.
- Wrap the extra pieces around the original bent section to create the look of antlers. Don’t overthink this- it literally is just tightly wrapping the piece around the original pipe cleaner.
- Weave your antlers through the side car window spaces so that one end sticks out of each window.
- Then place a line of hot glue on the roof of the car close to the windshield and press the center of your antler piece into it. Once that glue sets, add more glue on top of that, all around the center of the antler piece, to help stabilize it and prevent it from rocking in either direction.
- Place the head pin in through the car window hole and feed it through the hole you drilled so that it can emerge at the top of the car.
- Once you’ve pulled it so that the head of the pin is at the roof of the inside of the car, create a loop with the wire section and wrap it tightly and trim it. I don’t have a photo of this step, but you can see the result in this finished photo.
- Next, glue your little pom pom nose in place, and tie your baker’s twine on so you can hang it!
This ornament was super easy to make and now when I head to yard sales I will be looking for some fun cars to give this treatment. I have plenty of pom poms and pipe cleaners left, so this might be the season of rudolphing everything.
For the record, I did try to take this bad boy outside for a ride, hanging it in my cypress tree, but the branches were not that string and the wind was 15 MPH, so it was not agreeing with me. But for those who struggle to imagine my white stars as twinkle lights, here is a closer look at how it will look on an actual Christmas tree. I honestly had so much fun crafting this ornament. These days I just don’t have a ton of free time, and when I do, I don’t typically devote it to crafts, so this little indulgence was good for my soul. Have you crafted anything lately that was good for your soul? If you haven’t, I want you to go out there and make it happen. There are so many other DIY ornaments to check out today and hopefully you will be inspired to craft and feed your soul.
Welcome to the second week of the Seasonal Simplicity Christmas Series! Today a group of my blogging friends and I are sharing our DIY Christmas Ornament projects to help inspire you to get crafty for the upcoming holiday season. Click on the links below each image to be taken directly to the different posts!
DIY Christmas Light Tree Ornaments at The Happy Housie
Handmade Ornaments from Free Printables at The Handmade Home
DIY Dollar Store Christmas Tree Ornament at Craftberry Bush
DIY Twig Christmas Tree Ornament at The Turquoise Home
Farmhouse Christmas Sign Ornaments at Tatertots and Jello
DIY Stocking Ornament at Love Create Celebrate
DIY Kid Friendly Christmas Ornaments at Jenna Kate at Home
DIY Wood Bead Christmas Garland at So Much Better With Age
Reindeer Handmade Christmas Ornament Clean & Scentsible
DIY Christmas Ornament at My 100 Year Old Home
Easy Christmas Ornament DIY at Happy Happy Nester
Frosted Pear Tree Ornaments at Sincerely, Marie Designs
Elegant Embroidery Hoop Ornaments at All Things With Purpose
Homemade Christmas Ornament at Seeking Lavender Lane
Easy Wood Bead Christmas Ornaments at Cherished Bliss
DIY Hand Painted Floral Christmas Ornaments at The DIY Mommy
DIY Black and White Ornaments at Taryn Whiteaker
DIY Reindeer Vintage Car Christmas Ornament at Cassie Bustamante
Photo Block Christmas Ornament at Amber Tysl
Melted Crayon Ornaments at Modern Glam
Wine Cork Mushroom Christmas Ornaments at Life is a Party
Cinnamon Stick and Orange Slice Ornaments at A Pretty Life
Easy DIY Reversible Christmas Ornaments at She Gave it a Go
DIY Mason Jar Snow Globe Ornament at Lolly Jane