How to Make a Cork Reindeer Ornament

Updated August 07, 2023
How to Make a Cork Reindeer Ornament
How to Make a Cork Reindeer Ornament
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Go green this holiday season and make your own recycled Christmas crafts. Learn how to make a cork reindeer ornament and decorate your tree with Rudolph, Dancer, Prancer and the whole gang. This craft is great for beginners and takes no time to make.

Start with three corks, two large and one small. Also, round up your favorite embellishments such as googly eyes, tassels, pipe cleaners and pom poms. These items will help your reindeer come to life. A glue gun is another essential material for this project. This creative Christmas craft can be created in just a few minutes. Once you make one reindeer, you'll be inspired to create many more.

Estimated CostUnder $10

Time to CompleteIn an evening

MaterialsFabric, Pipe Cleaners, Recycled Materials

Primary TechniqueGreen Crafting



Project TypeMake a Project

Materials List

  • 3 wine corks (2 large, 1 small)
  • Ric rac ribbon
  • Fabric scrap
  • Googly eyes
  • Small red pom pom
  • Small gold jingle bell
  • Brown pipe cleaner
  • Hot glue
  • Craft knife
  • Screw eye
  • Tassel
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Drill


  1. Cut one of the large corks in half to make the legs. 

  2. Cut a small "notch" off the other large cork (which will be the body) at a diagonal. This is where the head will rest on the body.

  3. Drill a hole into the head to put the antler in later.

  4. Cut the pipe cleaner down and fold in half to make the antlers. Stick them in the drilled hole in the head cork.

  5. Glue body to legs.

  6. Glue head to body.

  7. Glue tassel to body to form tail.

  8. Glue red pop pop to head for nose. Also glue eyes to head.

  9. Attach screw eye to body for hanging the ornament.

  10. String jingle bell on string or ribbon and tie around reindeer's neck.

  11. Embellish any way you'd like!

Fun Facts About Reindeer

Everyone knows the story of Rudolph and all the other reindeer who wouldn’t let him play their reindeer games, but how much do you know about the actual creatures these stories are based off of? Here are 10 facts about real reindeer (spoiler alert, their noses don’t glow).

  1. Reindeer are also called caribou.

  2. Both male and female reindeer grow antlers.

  3. Reindeer shed and regrow their antlers annually.

  4. Not including antlers, a reindeer is usually 4-5 feet tall. The antlers add another 3 feet.

  5. No two reindeer antlers are exactly the same (like snowflakes!).

  6. Reindeers’ knees can make a clicking noise to help them stay together in storms.

  7. The life span of a reindeer in the wild is 15 years.

  8. Reindeer can run up to 50 mph.

  9. “Reindeer” comes from the Norse word “hreinn” which means “deer.”

  10. Mother reindeer generally give birth to one calf a year, sometimes two. 

What other Christmas icons could you make out of corks?

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These are so adorable and an excellent way to use up corks I have been saving. The fun facts about reindeer was also an interesting read.

How adorable is this little red-nosed reindeer? I think your craft is fun and easy. I love that you use the red pom pom for the nose to make the deer stand out and be front and center. I think it will be a great ornament for my tree too.


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