The holidays are fast approaching and it's time to start thinking about gift-giving! There's no better gift than a handmade gift, right? We're making your to-do list easy this year. We've partnered up with crocheter extraordinaire, Amber Blisson Calderón (@amberblissthis on Instagram), to bring you a simple, FREE tutorial for creating adorable Rustic Reindeer Christmas Ornaments! We've also included a link to the full kit to make this even easier! They look so cute on a Christmas tree, make for an easy gift for your loved ones, or would be darling gift toppers. These would also be really quick and easy to make in batches, so you can cross everyone off your list in a day!
• 3-4 yards of 3-Ply Hemp Yarn In Natural
• 10 Inches of 2.5" Burlap Ribbon
• 2 12-inch Pieces of Brightly Colored Yarn for Nose and To Hang Ornament
• 10 Inches of Black Yarn for Eyes
• 2 36-inch Lengths of Natural Colored Sewing Thread (not included)
• US H (5mm) Crochet Hook (not included)
• Sewing Needle (not included)
• Craft Glue (not included)
SL ST: Slip Stitch
Step 1 (Reindeer head and ears):
With hemp and H hook, ch 14. Sl st into the 3rd ch from hook. Ch 2, sk 1 ch, sl st into the next ch. (First ear made.) Ch 10. Sl st into the 3rd ch from hook. Ch 2, sk 1 ch, sl st into the next ch. (Second ear made.) Ch 9. Join to the first ch with sl st (Nose made.). Tie off. Knot the ends together, cut close to knot, and add a dab of craft glue to the knot.
Step 2 (Reindeer antlers):
With hemp and H hook, ch 12. Sl st into the 2nd ch from hook and each ch across. (First side of antlers made.) Ch 12, sl st in 2nd chain from hook and each ch across. (Second side of antlers made.) Tie off.
Step 3 (Adding the nose):
With 10-12” of brightly colored yarn, wrap around the nose area of the reindeer head. Tie a knot on the back side. Trim yarn ends, and add a dab of craft glue to the knot.
Step 4 (Attaching the antlers):
Use hemp ends to tie onto center of reindeer head between the ears. Knot on the back side. Trim hemp ends, and add a dab of craft glue to the knot.
Step 5 (Attaching the reindeer to the burlap ribbon):
Cut 10” of burlap ribbon. With a needle and doubled 36” of thread, sew/tack the reindeer head and antlers to the burlap ribbon. Make sure that the nose of the reindeer is pointing toward the cut end of the ribbon.
Step 6 (Finishing the ornament):
Tie the two ends of a 12” length of brightly colored yarn together with a knot. Fold Burlap ribbon in half, looping the yarn through to create a hanger for your ornament. With a needle and doubled 36” of sewing thread, sew the two sides of burlap together. Start at the top of one side, sew down, across the bottom and back up the other side. Knot your thread, weave in to hide end, and cut any remaining thread.
Your ornament is complete and ready to hang on your tree or give away!
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