Upcycle a paper towel roll into an adorable paper roll reindeer. This is a fun and easy recycling Christmas craft for kids which includes a free printable template.
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Many years ago when I first began blogging (way back in 2012 in fact), I made a toilet roll reindeer as one of my very first crafts. It might have even been THE first.
I didn’t know anything about blogging back then, and the article includes just a single sentence of intro, a numbered list of instructions and one process photo taken with a dodgy old phone camera on our family dining table.
I’d like to think I’ve come a long way since then, and I wanted to update that old article and craft but I just can’t bring myself to delete it. It’s history, a reminder of where I started and how much I’ve learned since then. Plus, the new reindeer are cute, but they’ve turned out completely different to the first pair which I have a sentimental attachment to. It’d be kind of like deleting my babies.
So… why not have both?
This time around I’ve made the template an all-in-one flatten and pop-out shape, with just a pair of antlers to glue onto the back of the head. It’s super easy to make, but younger kids will probably need an adult to do the cutting out and tracing for them. Flattened recycled rolls are stiffer to cut out than paper and the shape is a little fiddly for small hands.
Let’s get started…
How to make a paper roll reindeer
You will need
- A recycled paper towel roll (at a squeeze, you might get the template to fit on a toilet roll but it could be a little too long so you might need to shorten the legs if using a TP roll)
- paint in brown and white
- paint brush
- a scrap of white paper for the eyes
- glue stick
- hot glue gun
- cotton ball
- optional mini pom pom for the nose – you could alternatively paint or draw a nose on with black marker
- The free printable template (enter your details into the box provided and it will be emailed to you)
Print and cut out the template shape.
Trace the outline onto a flattened paper roll and cut it out.
Pop the shape into a 3D reindeer shape. Bend the head forward and the tail back.
Paint the reindeer and his antlers.
You can lean the antlers on a skewer while they are drying to stop the wet paint from sticking to the paper.
Use a cotton ball to dab a bit of white paint on the reindeer’s chest and the back of his tail.
Draw some eyes onto paper and glue them on with a glue stick. Hot glue the antlers on and a little mini pom pom nose.
Your cute little reindeer is done! They even look cute from behind.
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More reindeer crafts for kids
- Make a silhouette handprint reindeer artwork using our printable template (there is also an angel and a peace dove to make)
- Kids can make a handprint reindeer card using our free printable template
- Print and create a reindeer and Santa Christmas basket
- This DIY Reindeer hobby horse is made from a recycled wrapping paper roll and paper bags
- Here is a cute and easy paper reindeer with a printable template