Rascally Reindeer Decorations – An Alternative to Elf on the Shelf

Meet The Rascally Reindeer – our alternative to Elf on the Shelf!
These reindeer decorations were originally going to be tree ornaments. They wound up being a bit big for my liking though, so I popped them into a potted plant and until I could figure out what to do with them.

rascally reindeer - twig reindeer ornaments

The next morning, after watching the hooligans discover them in their silly location, it hit me!  These twig reindeer could be an alternative to Elf on the Shelf here in my daycare!

I was pretty tickled to think that a project gone wrong could end up being so much fun!

Our reindeer don’t get into any mischief at all.

They simply find new hiding spots each night, and they hunker down inconspicuously and wait for the hooligans to come looking for them in the morning. A reindeer game of hide-and-seek if you will…

Here’s what you’ll need to make your Rascally Reindeer Decorations:

supplies for rascally reindeer decorations

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How to make your twig reindeer ornaments:

Simply glue a couple of eyes and a nose to your twig reindeer and let the fun begin!  Where WILL they show up?

Here are ours, trying to blend in among the clementines.

Rascally Reindeer Decorations hiding in a bowl of clementines

Found you!

Rascally Reindeer ornaments in the fruit bowl

And here they are appropriately hanging out in the Christmas Cactus.

Reindeer decorations in a Christmas Cactus

  They seem to like greenery.  Here we have one camping out in the hibiscus,

reindeer ornament in hibiscus plant

and another chillin’ in the spider plant.

Rascally Reindeer in the spider plant.

On this night, they even managed to escape into the backyard!

Reindeer decorations in the snow

Oh, those Rascally Reindeer!  We never know where we’re going to find them!

twig reindeer ornament - an alternative to Elf on the Shelf

 

If your looking for another alternative to Elf on the Shelf, you must pop over and see The Imagination Tree’s Kindness Elves.  Anna has a set of beautiful elves who promote kindness to others all throughout the month of December, and she’ll be sharing their good deeds daily with her followers.

If you enjoyed this simple reindeer activity, be sure to pop over to my Hooligans Xmas pinboard, and check out all of our easy and inexpensive Christmas crafts and activities for kids!

 

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Yours in play, Jackie from Happy Hooligans

12 comments to Rascally Reindeer Decorations – An Alternative to Elf on the Shelf

  • I really love this idea – SO cute!

  • Joanne Rowe

    Love it, will do this myself! :-)

  • They are so cute! Much better than an elf :-)

  • Christmas has always been a family celebration in the Grinkmeyer home, but as our children grew older we found that their interest in Christmas morning waned and the sparkle in their eyes was gone. The day after Thanksgiving, 1992, we introduced the Christmas Web in our home with the placement of Magic Wands into their socks that had for years been hung at the fireplace mantel. Attached to each Magic Wand was a piece of yarn (a 70 yard piece of yarn). When our two teen-aged children came down Christmas morning, they found that the yarn was wound through the house – around window latches, door knobs, chairs and doors. It ended in a closet or cabinet which held their special Christmas gift from one of Santas elves, an elf who had been looking out for them for the past year and knew of their desire for this special Christmas gift.
    The Christmas Web continued as each of our children got married and as they had children. Each of our grandchildren have an Elf on the Shelf or Elf Magic elf who is now the elf that hides their special Christmas gift each year and leads them to it with their individual Magic Wand. We now have seven Magic Wands each with 70 yards of yarn winding through our house every Christmas morning, making getting a cup of coffee an acrobatic achievement before the winding hunt begins.
    The Christmas Web has become a highly anticipated family tradition for our children, grandchildren and us. We hope it brings as much joy to your family as it has to ours.

    • happyhooligans

      I can’t even tell you how awesome I think your idea is! What fun parents you must be to come up with something so crazy-creative to restore the magic of Christmas in your home! Thank you so much for sharing your story with me. I hope you have a wonderful holiday season, once again, with your family!

  • So clever and completely adorable! Love how your crafts are completely manageable for all the hooligans! Thank you for sharing on our FB page! Pinned!

  • Oh, I LOVE this! If it weren’t the wee hours of the morning, I’d be out looking for reindeer sticks! Super can’t wait to make these with my boys! I am featuring this on Makeovers & Motherhood’s Welcome Party Wednesday Link-Up this week! Thanks for sharing!

  • I love crafting with sticks! These are simply gorgeous!

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