This clothespin reindeer craft is an adorable way to display Christmas cards or can be made into an ornament for the tree! We’ll show you two ways to make this easy holiday kids craft!
Reindeer Clothespin Craft
One of my favorite things about the holiday season is receiving Christmas cards. We rarely get “real mail” anymore these days, so it is always a treat to get festive cards in our mailbox during December!
Of course then there is the question of how to display Christmas cards! One year I punched a hole in the corner of each card and strung them up across our bookshelves. That was super cute and easy!
This time around, I had the idea to make reindeer clothespins to clip the cards. That way I could hang my favorites on the fridge (by putting a magnet on the back of the clothespins) or set them up on a bookshelf. Since we used jumbo clothespins, they have enough weight to be free-standing!
Related: If you’re working on a Rudolph theme, check out our Reindeer Cupcakes and Rudolph Rice Krispie treats too!
There are two ways to make this craft:
- For Hanging on the Fridge (antlers on the side you grasp to open the clothespin)
- Free-Standing (antlers on the clip side, where the photo is secured)
For your convenience in re-creating this craft, I’ve included shop-able ad links to some of the products used. Our full disclosure policy is available here.
- Jumbo Clothespins — The size we used (and pictured in this post) is 6″ x 1″ x 1.3″
- Brown Pipe Cleaners — This link will take you to a listing for a set on Amazon that contains brown pipe cleaners, red pom-poms, AND google eyes. It is absolutely perfect for this Rudolph craft!
- Red Pom-Poms
- Google Eyes
- Hot Glue Gun — I love crafting with a glue gun, but if you’re looking for something that little kids can work with, craft glue should work too.
How to Make Rudolph Clothespins
First you’ll attach the antlers to your clothespin.
If you’re going to make your clothespins to stand up on their own (on a bookshelf, for example), you’ll want the antlers to be glued to the groove on one side on the clamp end. Make sure to glue the middle of the pipe cleaner to the clothespin, so you have an even amount of pipe cleaner sticking out each side.
Here’s what that looks like:
Once the glue has set, wrap each side of the pipe cleaner around your finger or a pencil to create a spiral. This gives the antlers their shape.
Here’s what your clothespin will look like if you are making the free-standing design:
Here’s what your clothespin will look like if you’re making the version that will hang on a fridge:
Now you can glue on the eyes and the nose.
To display your holiday cards, clip them into the clothespin.
Then you can stand the clothespin up on a bookshelf, mantle, etc.
Or you can attach a magnet to the back of your clothespin and display your favorite cards on the fridge.
You can also use these reindeer clothespins to display children’s artwork!
More of our favorite easy Christmas craft ideas:
- Salt Shaker Snow Globes
- Cardboard Tube Christmas Tree Craft
- Ugly Sweater Christmas Card
- DIY Cricut Christmas Coasters
- Pom-Pom Christmas Tree Slime
- Paper Christmas Tree Picture Frame
- Quilled Christmas Lights Card
- Pop Up Christmas Present Card
- Christmas Wreath Napkin Rings
Clothespin Reindeer Printable Instructions
Clothespin Reindeer Craft
- Glue gun
- Jumbo Clothespins
- Brown Pipe Cleaners
- Red Pom-Poms
- Google Eyes
- Magnet Optional
- Glue the middle of the pipe cleaner to the inside of clothespin, so you have an even amount of pipe cleaner sticking out each side. You can either glue to the inside of the clamp or the inside of the "handle" part of the clothespin.
- Wrap each end of the pipe cleaner around your finger or a pencil to create a spiral. Gently pull to extend the spiral and make an antler shape.
- Glue on two Google eyes.
- Glue on one pom-pom for the nose.
- Optional: Attach a magnet to the back of the clothespin so it will stick to a fridge.
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