Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

Christmas is now in full swing at the Cummins household! This past weekend was our annual Christmas decorating day with the NHN family. Every precious decoration is in its place, the lights are shining their wonderful warm glow, and the Christmas trees are trimmed. It’s a beautiful sight to behold, and the day was just the family fun that Lesley and I needed. It’s hard not to be in a good mood and grateful for the people in our lives.

Just a few weeks earlier, we were fortunate to spend a fun-filled Thanksgiving in my grandpa’s house up north. The only thing missing from the house was Grandpa. He moved just a month or so before to a retirement home just a short drive from the dream house he built with my grandma. He is doing well, adjusting to the new digs, and it was good to see that. I reminded myself as we packed up to go back home that I need to make a better effort to send him updated pictures. My dad, however, had the best suggestion of all. As we left, he pointed to Grandpa’s small and naked Christmas tree and suggested all of the great-grandkids make an ornament. Awesome idea!


We got to work the next weekend. Digging around in my art cabinet turned up a handful of old baby food jar lids (clean, thank goodness!), and Maddie and I finished up getting supplies when she was home sick from school the next day. Even in her ill state, she knew the project called for glitter! The end product turned out pretty cool, but it’s even better knowing it will help brighten up my grandpa’s Christmas tree.

What You’ll Need

Baby food jar lids or a round surface
Brown paint
Gold glitter
Brown pipe cleaner
Goggly eyes
Small red buttons
Christmas ribbon
Clear acrylic sealer
Elmer’s glue
Jingle bells 
Fishing line

  1. Paint the circles brown and allow them to dry completely.
  2. Coat the surface of the jar lid with a thin layer of Elmer’s glue and dip in glitter. The surface should be fully coated in glitter.
  3. Spray the surface with a clear acrylic sealer and allow to dry.
  4. In the meantime, make antlers out of the brown pipe cleaners.
  5. Glue on antlers, eyes, and the red button nose.
  6. Make a bow out of the Christmas ribbon and glue a jingle bell to the middle.
  7. Glue the bow to the “chin” on the reindeer
  8. Make a loop out of the fishing wire and glue it to the back of the lid between the antlers. The loop should be big enough to hang the ornament.

Merry Christmas!