I can't take credit for this adorable idea.
I saw something similar in a catalog once where they used spindles as
reindeer legs and filed that memory in my head for later.
This year I decided to create reindeer and put my own spin on them.
One idea I came up with was using metal ceiling fan blade
holders as antlers.
When I first started using the fan blades for dragonfly wings,
I had an overabundance of these metal fan holders.
I got rid of so many of them but did save a few and was so
glad I did because they made great antlers!
I drew a pattern and cut the bodies from plywood.
I added a textured pattern using a stencil and my own texture
compound to create the raised pattern. You could also use
joint compound to create the texture.
In addition to the fan blade holders, I came up with other ideas for antlers too.
For this recycled reindeer, the antlers are cut from scrolly sections of a
wooden picture frame.
He has wooden coaster ears and a jingle bell nose.
I made two sizes, a large and small. This large size reindeer is
32" tall. I used more ceiling fan blade holders as antlers, painted in
gold along with recycled tin for the ears and a bottle cap nose.
Most of the small size reindeer stand 24-28" tall and they
look adorable in pairs.
The little reindeer has more scrolled pieces from a wooden
frame as antlers, ears cut from old license plates and a metal nut for his nose.
I painted this set in muted gold.
I guess they are all male deer since they all have antlers but
they look so much cuter with the antlers!
This little gold reindeer has decorative pieces from a clock that I
cut apart for his antlers. His ears are wooden coasters, already in
the "ear shape" and a jingle bell nose.
The majority of the spindles I used matched but this one has
mismatched spindle legs and I think that just adds to the charm of
this hand made reindeer.
All the tails are made using aluminum flashing that I
cut into a tail shape and painted.
More fan blade holder antlers and license plate ears
on this large reindeer sculpture.
These fun reindeer sculptures are all listed in my Etsy shop.
They are all fairly lightweight but stand very sturdily.
What a unique addition to holiday or Winter decor that
will last for years to come.
Update December 2016
I am no longer creating the reindeer and have one remaining in my Etsy shop.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read about my reindeer!