Felt is one of our favorite cozy crafting materials for wintertime, so it is a natural fit for also making Christmas projects. In years past we created a series of adorable felt animal ornaments that can be great animal stuffies for kids, or unique gift toppers that last past the holidays. Because we always want to out-do ourselves with every holiday season, our illustrator and feltcrafter extraordinaire Krista came up with this precious DIY felt reindeer perfect for some yuletide cheer! Say hello to our new friends Juniper and Spruce.
Start this DIY felt reindeer project by printing the downloadable instructions below. This sheet includes a full materials list that you can use when you head to your local craft store. Make sure you are getting a higher quality wool or wool blend felt for this – lower quality felts can rip while you are stitching. Our go-to 1mm felt sources are Benzie Design, Felt on the Fly and A Child’s Dream Come True. Pick out some coordinating colors of embroidery floss and use a needle with a slightly larger eye for threading the floss. Feel free to get creative with your color palette. This is your DIY felt reindeer! We used a slightly darker shade of brown for the back panel to create some variation.
Once you have your materials, print the PDF template as a guide for cutting your felt pieces. Then you can follow the step-by-step photo tutorial below as you craft. We added some detailing near the tail with some white embroidery floss, but this is totally optional. These white dots are just a scattering of tiny French knots, but they add that extra something to these DIY cuties! If you want to give the reindeer a holiday makeover, our template also includes patterns to add the Christmas accessories. You can even make a little red felt nose for Rudolph! This felt reindeer can be a great addition to your holiday home decor, or an adorable stocking stuffer for the kids.
For more Christmas ideas, find all of our Christmas DIYs, or head to our membership page to start downloading. We love getting you in on the creative process, so leave comments with projects you’d like to see next! Share your project photos on Instagram using #DIYDreamingWithLia so we can admire your crafting success. Happy Holidays to all! ~ Lia and the Team