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Reindeer Clay Pot Ornament Christmas Craft

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This Reindeer Clay Pot Ornament is an adorable Christmas craft for kids! Transform small flower pots into cute reindeer in about 30 minutes.

Preschool and kindergarten children will love making this craft at home or as a classroom project at school.

Wouldn’t these look lovely on your Christmas tree?

If you like this reindeer clay pot ornament craft, check our coffee filter reindeer, clay pot Christmas Tree ornament, coffee filter angel ornament craft and these other homemade Christmas ornament crafts too.

Completed reindeer ornament made with a small clay pot hanging on a small Christmas tree.

Clay Pot Reindeer Christmas Ornament

I love how simple these are to create with the kids. They are perfect for a classroom project to make homemade Christmas gifts too.

Children will enjoy painting the clay pots and turning them into reindeer. It’s a great project to go along with reading Christmas picture books!

And who could resist singing a round of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer while creating these?

These make great Christmas ornaments that you can hang year after year. I love the jingle bell, but if you don’t want these to make noise, you could knot the ribbon inside without it.

Want more clay flower pot crafts? Don’t miss our clay pot turkeys and cute Kawaii Halloween flower pots.

Two completed reindeer clay pot crafts hanging from small tabletop Christmas tree.

What kind of paint can you use on terracotta flower pots?

For this craft we’ll be painting terracotta pots with acrylic paint, which works well because the clay pots are porous.

Reindeer Clay Pot Ornament Craft Supplies:

Clay flower pots, green ribbon, red buttons, jingle bells, light brown pipe cleaners, googly eyes, and craft glue sitting on marble counter top.

You will need 1 clay pot, 1 bell, 6 inch length of ribbon, 2 chenille stems, 1 button, and 2 googly eyes per reindeer ornament.

How to Make Clay Pot Reindeer Ornaments:

Paint clay pots on the outside and inside. Allow to dry completely, which should take about 30 minutes. You may want to set them on wax paper to keep anything from sticking to the bottom as it dries.

Hand holding small clay flower pot painted brown.

Paint a second coat as needed. Once completely dry, use a toothpick or something to clear the hole in the bottom of the pot of any paint.

Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 6 inches long. Thread one end of the ribbon through the hoop end of a bell.

Hand holding green ribbon knotted twice with jingle bell.

Position the bell in the middle of the ribbon. Then fold the ribbon in half and knot it just above the bell and again about one inch above the first knot.

Thread the ends of the ribbon through the hole in the flower pot. If you have trouble pulling the ribbon through the hole, using tweezers may help.

Length of green ribbon with bell on one end laying next to brown painted clay pot turned upside down with green ribbon coming out the hole.

Once you pull the ribbon all the way through the hole, add another knot close to the cut end of the ribbon to create a loop for hanging the ornament. Trim the ends of the ribbon as needed.

For the reindeer’s antlers, fold two beige or light brown chenille stems in half. Then bend the chenille stems into thirds to create antlers. 

Hand holding beige pipe cleaner folded and bent into antler shape.

Push the loose ends of the chenille stems into the hold where the ribbon comes through.

Two tan pipe cleaners shaped like antlers attached to top of clay pot to make reindeer.

On the inside of the pot, bend and flatten the ends of the chenille stems so they will remain in place. Use additional tacky glue to secure the antlers from the inside of the pot.

Using tacky glue, attach a red button for the nose and two googly eyes. 

Adding googly eyes and red button noses to flower pot using craft glue.

Let the glue dry before hanging or wrapping up as a gift!

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Two completed reindeer clay pot crafts hanging from small tabletop Christmas tree.

Clay Pot Reindeer Christmas Ornament

Yield: 1
Active Time: 15 minutes
Additional Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Make a cute reindeer ornament using a small flower pot with this easy Christmas craft for kids.

Materials

  • Small 2 inch terra cotta flower pots
  • Brown glossy acrylic paint
  • Festive ribbon
  • Bells
  • Red buttons
  • Googly eyes
  • Tan/Beige chenille stems
  • Tacky craft glue

Tools

  • Paint brush
  • Scissors
  • Tweezers

Instructions

You will need 1 clay pot, 1 bell, 6 inch length of ribbon, 2 chenille stems, 1 button, and 2 googly eyes per reindeer ornament.

  1. Paint clay pots on the outside and inside. Allow to dry completely, which should take about 30 minutes. You may want to set them on wax paper to keep anything from sticking to the bottom as it dries.
  2. Paint a second coat as needed. Once completely dry, use a toothpick or something to clear the hole in the bottom of the pot of any paint.
  3. Cut a piece of ribbon approximately 6 inches long. Thread one end of the ribbon through the hoop end of a bell.
  4. Position the bell in the middle of the ribbon. Then fold the ribbon in half and knot it just above the bell and again about one inch above the first knot.
  5. Thread the ends of the ribbon through the hole in the flower pot. If you have trouble pulling the ribbon through the hole, using tweezers may help.
  6. Once you pull the ribbon all the way through the hole, add another knot close to the cut end of the ribbon to create a loop for hanging the ornament. Trim the ends of the ribbon as needed.
  7. Using tacky glue, attach a red button for the nose and two googly eyes. 
  8. For the reindeer’s antlers, fold two beige or light brown chenille stems in half. Crimp the chenille stems into thirds to create antlers. 
  9. Push the loose ends of the chenille stems into the hold where the ribbon comes through.
  10. On the inside of the pot, bend and flatten the ends of the chenille stems so they will remain in place. Use additional tacky glue to secure the antlers from the inside of the pot.

Notes

If you don't want the ornament to be a bell, you can skip adding the jingle bell to the ribbon. Just make sure to knot it well enough so it doesn't pull through the flower pot.

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