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Video: DIY Christmas Reindeer Headband - 3 Superb Tutorials
2023 Author: Lynn Laird | [email protected]. Last modified: 2023-05-21 21:10
The holiday season is knocking on the door and everyone is already busy making decorations from natural materials, finding the best Christmas cookie recipe and any other such activity that one associates with this. happy period. Do not forget either the family photo for Christmas which usually requires several props in order to be considered successful. Children love to dress up and when they can transform into Santa's elves or reindeer like a wave of a magic wand, they are 100% guaranteed fun. With that in mind, we would like to offer you not just one but three different Christmas reindeer headband making designs suitable for everyone: boys or girls!
To each their own Christmas reindeer headband
By the way, you will find that there is a certain gradation in the difficulty of carrying out these projects. The first DIY is super easy to emulate and is therefore suitable for absolute novices, including children aged 5+. The second design is a bit more detailed and will probably appeal to anyone who has some experience with manual activities. The third DIY project is the most elaborate and it is rather intended for the most experienced DIYers among you. Well, without further ado, here they are explained and illustrated below:
Christmas reindeer headband in glittery pipe cleaners: beginner level
a simple headband (no decorations)
an A4 sheet of paper
a pencil or felt-tip pen
model of the deer antlers (freehand drawn by yourselves)
4 glittering pipe cleaners (the longest you can find)
a pair of scissors
First draw the deer antlers on the sheet of paper, trying to reproduce the shape shown above as best you can. Then take a pipe cleaner and twist it, guided by the contours of the drawn model. Make sure you don't bend the start of the chenille yarn so you can attach it to your tiara later. Also, if a single pipe cleaner is not long enough, add a second by wrapping their ends around each other.
Repeat to get a pair of antlers. Wrap their free ends around the headband to secure them in place and cut off the excess. Here is your Christmas reindeer headband in glittery pipe cleaners ready to crown your kid!
Intermediate or advanced: felt deer antler with glitter
The supplies to be obtained:
a regular plastic or metal headband
a pair of scissors
a felt-tip pen and a sheet of paper (or cardboard)
4 sheets of brown felt
glitter, rhinestones or beads
glue a hot glue gun and sticks
2 fairly long pipe cleaners (preferably the same color as your headband)
To start, sketch your future deer antlers on the sheet of paper and once you are satisfied with the result cut them out to create a template. Then, trace the outline of the pattern on each of the four sheets of brown felt and cut out the antlers thus obtained. Cut each of your two pipe cleaners in half to make 4 antennae. Using the hot glue gun, glue two halves of chenille yarn to a single piece of felt wood, as shown in the second collage photo above. Then glue another piece of felt on the other side to “close” the construction. Do the same with the other branch and attach the manufactured antlers to the tiara by wrapping it around the ends of the pipe cleaners. All you have to do is decorate the Christmas reindeer headband by inlaying it with sparkling sequins, golden rhinestones, precious pearls etc.
Realistic deer antlers with felt ears: expert level
You will need the following tools and materials
a pair of scissors
a hot glue gun and sticks
a simple and sturdy
light brown pipe cleaner headband (at least one pack of 50)
an old newspaper or paper bag cut into strips
1 sheet of beige felt and 1 sheet of pink felt
decoupage glue or
paint masking tape off-white or light beige and brush
Christmas reindeer headband step by step
Obviously, the first step in making this Christmas reindeer headband is building the antlers. And given the level of expertise, they will be quite likely! Gather a few pipe cleaners and wrap them around each other to form the stave, which is the central stem of the antlers. Add some branching (think branches of a tree) to it without trying too hard to make them symmetrical. In fact, real antlers rarely are, but they're perfect as they are, aren't they?
To securely attach the antlers to the headband, wrap the ends of the chenille threads around the center part of the semi-circle and then around themselves.
Dress and paint antlers
Then, depending on what you have on hand, use strips from an old newspaper or a paper bag to cover the pipe cleaners forming the antlers and give them volume. There are two approaches to do this. The first is to coat the strips with decoupage glue, glue them to the pipe cleaners, and let them dry completely. The second requires crumpling and twisting the newspaper around the pipe cleaners and then wrapping it in masking tape. Taper the ends so they're thicker at the base and thinner at the top, like they look like real deer.
Besides, this step helps to add dimension to the overall structure, but if you find that the original texture of the tracks is in fact closer to that of the real antlers, you can safely omit the dressing.
Paint the paper covered woods to look more like the real thing. You can paint them off-white, light beige, or a combination of natural colors to make the woods look as authentic as possible.
Assemble the ears
The last step in making this Christmas reindeer headband is to make and add the ears. For this purpose, cut two pointed ovals from the beige felt sheet and two identical but smaller ovoids from the pink felt. Glue these inside the beige shapes, pinch their bases to make them three-dimensional and glue each ear to the headband right next to the antlers. Finally, wrap the entire headband in beige pipe cleaners and get ready to be all the rage at the Christmas family photoshoot!
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