How to Make a Towel Reindeer
Supplies Needed to Make a Towel Reindeer
1. One bath towel
2. One hand towel
3. One washcloth
4. Five pipe cleaners (AKA chenille stems)
5. Two eyes – Use google eyes or make eyes out of felt or paper
6. One big red pom-pom
7. Christmas garland (for harness)
How to Fold a Towel Reindeer Body
The reindeer takes the standard towel animal body.
Lay the bath towel out flat. Roll each end of the short sides to the middle.
Fold the rolled bath towel in half with the rolled part to the outside.
Pull the tips out of the end of each roll.
Grasp the two tips of one roll in one hand and the other roll in the other hand. Pull all of them at once stretching the towel tight until all the inner rolls pull out and the rolled bath towel becomes a 4-legged body.
How to Fold a Towel Reindeer Tail
Use a washcloth to make the towel reindeer tail.
Lay the washcloth out flat. Fold in half diagonally forming a large triangle.
Fold in half diagonally again forming a small triangle.
Fold each half of the triangle to the center from the peak at the skinniest tip end to the base of the triangle at the widest end so it becomes the shape of a deer tail.
With the rolled side facing up on both the main body and the tail, insert the tail between the rolls on one end of the body.
Bring the legs on one side of the body over to the other side so the body folds in half with the tail sticking out the center of one end and roll the body over with the rolled side underneath. Sit the tail end down and stand up the legs at the front end.
Tie a harness of Christmas garland around the center and across the front of the reindeer’s body.
How to Make Pipe Cleaner Reindeer Antlers
Each antler takes two shiny gold Christmas pipe cleaners (chenille stems).
For each antler, bend one end of a pipe cleaner as the forward bit of the antler and the rest upward for the main tall part of the antler. Take a second pipe cleaner and wrap it around the first at the bottom of the tall part with enough sticking up to make a small antler point at the joint.
Wrap the second pipe cleaner around the first partway up and then bend the rest outward for a taller antler point.
How to Fold a Towel Reindeer Head
Use a hand towel to make the reindeer’s head.
Fold the towel from the short end, not quite in half. Leave a couple inches of single layered towel hanging beyond the edge.
Fold towel over again, to the end of the doubled part, still leaving the single layer hanging off one end.
Fold corners down from the folded edge nearly to the end of the folded part.
Roll each side to the middle. Keep it straight at the start of the roll so none of the folded part gets into the single edge.
Once the roll reaches the end of the folded-down corner you can angle it a bit with the skinner end of the angle at the folded edge and the wider end where the single layer hangs over.
When both sides are tightly rolled to the middle, wrap a chenille stem around the towel, closer the end with the single layered edge. Twist the ends of the pipe cleaner together on the rolled side.
The pipe cleaner will sit flat on the flat side of the reindeer head.
On the flat side, fold the single layer down over the pipe cleaner. Shape the ears as desired.
Finishing the Towel Reindeer
Tuck the antlers into the fold at the base of the ears. Pinch a bit of the forward antler just in front of where the other pipe cleaner is wrapped so there is something to tuck into the fold. Position the antler as desired.
Use double stick tape to add eyes and red pom-pom nose.
Set head on top of front end of reindeer and it’s done!
For more towel animals see My Cruise Stories Towel Animal Page.