Toilet Roll Reindeer

Toilet Roll Reindeer:  an adorable homemade Christmas ornament for kids to make.

If you’re looking for an absolutely adorable Christmas craft for your kids to make this year, you have to try these toilet roll reindeer!  They’re quick and easy to make, and I think they’re one of the cutest homemade Christmas ornaments the kids have ever made here in my home daycare.

toilet roll reindeer

If you’ve been with us a while, you know how much I LOVE my toilet roll crafts?  We’ve made loads of crafts using cardboard rolls over the years, but I think these reindeer might be the cutest yet. 

easy christmas crafts - toilet roll reindeer

These reindeer are easy to make!  Here’s what you’ll need to make them:

Toilet roll reindeer supplies:

  • toilet roll tubes (or paper towel rolls, wrapping paper rolls etc.)
  • brown wallpaper samples (you could use sand paper or brown paint)
  • brown pipe cleaners
  • red artificial berries or red pom poms, buttons etc.
  • googly eyes
  • glue

supplies for toilet roll reindeer

Wallpaper sample books: a thrifty craft supply

Yes, I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again!  Wallpaper sample books are awesome when you’re crafting with kids. The colours, patterns and textures are great for so many projects, and it beats buying expensive scrapbooking paper.  Just ask at your local paint and paper shop if they have any expired wallpaper books that they could part with.  My store here usually hands me over 4 or 5 books at a time, happy that they don’t have to pay to dispose of them in the trash.

How we made our toilet roll reindeer:

We cut our toilet rolls in half and covered them with a brown wall paper sample.  Alternatively, you could paint yours toilet roll  or cover it with a piece of brown felt or sandpaper)

Then I poked a hole in each side of the top of the tube for the hooligans to slide their pipe cleaner “antlers” through.

For the noses, we used some artifitcial berries that were on a wire. We poked that wire through a hole in the front of the tube, and bent the wire inside the tube, to hold the nose in place.

Then we glued our eyes in place, and attached a ribbon for hanging.

easy christmas crafts - toilet roll reindeer

Aren’t they adorable?

easy christmas crafts - toilet roll reindeer

Looking for more easy and adorable Christmas crafts for kids?  Check out:

25 Adorable Snowman Crafts

15 Easiest Ever & Totally Gorgeous Christmas Ornaments

40 Gifts Kids Can Make that Grown Ups Will Use and Love


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  1. says

    Jackie these are really cute – I am exhausted already with all your crafting – you are a wonder! I am starting my crafts tomorrow so glitter will be everywhere!

    • happyhooligans says

      My own head is starting to spin, Kierna. lol There are so many amazing ideas floating around out there in our big, wonderful network. I feel like a kid in a candy store, looking at all of them, & loving so many of them, but knowing there isn’t nearly enough time to make all that I want to make! Plus….there’s still the crafting I need to do for my OWN Christmas, in addition to what we’re doing in the daycare!

  2. Katie says

    These are too cute for words! i bet my daughter would LOVE doing these!! These would also be perfect to share at my new Thrifty Thursday Linky Party, I’d love for you to come by and check it out!

  3. Taylor says

    These are so adorable! I made them with my colleague and our 12 3-year olds this morning :) They loved them and in a last minute free for all decision we let them roll their reindeer in glitter…boy was that a hit! Thanks for the great idea!

    • happyhooligans says

      So happy that you were inspired to make some! You are so brave with the glitter!!! I think I might be braver with it if I didn’t run the daycare in my home. The thought of glitter being tracked all through my house kinda makes me steer clear of it. lol

  4. Vickie B. says

    So cute and a great activity to share with the kids. Thought you’d like to know that someone has a site out there that posts pictures of crafts from all over, with no credit or linkbacks to their respective owners. I found your site through the watermark on the reindeer picture. I’m going to post a note on tir site and will also report their site to Pinterest, which is how I found your site. Here’s the url if you’d like to pursue with further action:

    • happyhooligans says

      Thanks so much for letting me know, and for looking out for me, Vickie! I’m not sure who that site belongs to – I can’t seem to find a human associated with it. I’ve left a msg underneath yours for now. Thank you again!

    • happyhooligans says

      I just popped back over, and my photo has been removed. Unfortunately, the entire website looks to consist of stolen images.

    • happyhooligans says

      I just ask at my local paint and paper shops, Catrina. The always have outdated books that are just going to go in the trash.


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