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Turn Sticks From Your Yard Into Festive Reindeer

No need to pay a store big bucks to have a charming little buck of your own. Get outside and collect sticks around the yard. With a little glue, those sticks will transform right before your eyes.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

Want some help or inspiration? Join us at Holiday Nature Crafts on Saturday, December 7, at Plum Creek Nature Center. Two sessions will be offered: 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. The program is for those 5 and older, and the cost is $3 per person. Registration is required by Thursday, December 5.

We will be making these deer and more! All materials are included. Holiday music and hot cocoa are sure to get you in the mood to make something special!


  • Twigs

  • Sticks

  • Bark

  • Hot glue

Optional materials

  • Acorns

  • Hickory shells

  • Anything else from around your yard


1. Decide what sticks will be your body, head and legs. It might help to lay it out to see what sticks work best for each body part.

2. Glue the head and legs to the central body.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

3. Glue on twig antlers and a bark tail. Tips: You may need to hold the antlers in place while

the glue dries. You can also break your bark into a smaller piece for the tail.

4. The simple deer is done! You can stop now, or add a few more features, like hickory shells for ears or acorns for a snout and nose.

Photo by Suzy Lyttle

5. Let your creativity flow. If you want to make your deer more holiday-themed, add red glitter or a red berry for a Rudolph nose. Or you could add a festive ribbon as a collar. Better yet, make enough reindeer for Santa’s sleigh. These deer can come in all shapes and sizes. Get the whole family involved by transforming logs into deer for your yard. Wrap colorful lights around them and the whole neighborhood will cheer.


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