By Gene and Katie Hamilton
You're sure to be the envy of your neighborhood with this charming log reindeer on the front porch to welcome guests. Or position him in your garden or on a deck looking inside. Wherever the reindeer resides, he’ll be a popular addition to your holiday tradition. We’ve been reusing our Rudolph for years by dismantling and carefully storing his body, head, neck and legs in a box. The antlers and tail, made of tree branches, are fragile and difficult to store so we replace them each year we reinvent him. This building project is especially fun for kids, who can gather all the body parts and assemble them.
Since the reindeer is made of unsplit firewood and tree branches, there's no cost to make one, but you'll see them selling for $25 to $50, depending on their size.
Here are some guidelines for the size of their parts: a log that's 4 to 6 inches in diameter and about 20 inches long will make about a 6-inch head and 12-inch body. For legs, use four 24-inch long, 1-inch diameter branches and a 2-inch diameter branch for the neck. For antlers and a tail, find 1/2-inch branches about 8 to12 inches long.
You'll need a saw, electric drill with spade bits, utility knife and some wood glue. Cut the firewood to make a body and head, and drill holes at angles for the neck, legs, antlers and tail. Whittle their ends to fit into the holes and glue on some button eyes. Decorate the neck with a colorful bow or bandana.
Want to make your own?
Click here to go to our Reindeer Plan and get the kids involved.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2018
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.