Most of the times when I think of Santa Claus, I always picture him flying through the night sky, in a sleigh led by his trusty reindeer. Those magnificent beasts fascinate me, which is probably why I decided to make a Skandi inspired reindeer family to add to our festive decor.
Skandi Inspired Reindeer Family
The reindeer family was quite literally “born” out of our pallet scraps. Their bodies are cut from weathered pallets, and their long rusty legs are the nails we removed when we took the pallets apart.
I love digging into our huge stash of rusty nails. There's so much you can do with them. and they were perfect for giving the reindeer family that adorable long legged, wonky look. These little guys take about 30 minutes to put together and they’re really easy to make. Start by drawing three different sized "blobs with heads" onto a piece of wood.
Cut the blobs out with a jigsaw. If you’ve never used a jigsaw before, here’s a handy guide to get you started.
Drill four holes in the bottom of each reindeer blob. Make sure the drill bit goes in the same depth otherwise you’ll end up with a reindeer family that's unbalanced and falls over.
Drill another hole on top of the reindeer's head for the antlers. Glue the rusty nails inside the holes.
Twist four bits of wire around a pencil to make the reindeer antlers and glue them inside the hole on top of the reindeer's head. Cut two ears and a tail and glue them on.
And that's it, your reindeer family is done. If the legs are a little wobbly or uneven you can bend the nails slightly until your little reindeer is stable.
You can leave the reindeer family plain ...........
..... or you can get creative and paint them or doodle some squiggles and patterns on to give them a chic Scandi vibe.
Either way, they'll make a lovely addition to your decor.