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How to Make a Cork Reindeer Ornament

By: Caroline Dunn for

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.



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. 


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