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« on: November 02, 2007 03:42:42 PM »

I saw one of these sock reindeers many years ago and really liked it, after failing to find an online tute or even a picture I decided to wing my own with one major difference... Instead of just hanging a lovely Rudolph head up for Christmas, I would mount him on a plaque just like any self-respecting Christmas-hunter would.

Now for a matching Santa head.....

I kept it happy enough to not traumatize my 6 month old son when he gets old enough to understand what a reindeer actually is.

I will be posting the rest of my Christmas decorations and presents as individual posts too. Being our first year with a child it's very special and I'm off doing all that sappy Christmas stuff  Grin



The little plaque above his head says 'Rangifer tarandus rudolphis' the first part being the name of the reindeer with the 'rudolphis' to identify the specific rare breed  Wink

He's 28x44cm and uses a man's sock. He has hard plushie eyes with felt eyelids and felt ears, and his antlers are stuffed, with stretchy polar fleece on the front and plain black cotton on the back (luckily gives his antlers a nice shape). The mount is cardboard-lined with tie-dyed corduroy on the front and black cotton on the back and the little plaque is a scrap of curtain fabric that I wrote on with fine marker. I added a jingle bell to one antler cause I thought it added to the feel of the season.

I am really proud of this and wanted to share, I had all the materials except the sock and that cost me $1.00 for the pair at an op-shop. Woot! .50c decoration!

Anyway, farewell until I post my next project...

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« Reply #1 on: November 02, 2007 04:10:40 PM »

Haha!  Very nice take on the old "classic"!  I have one of those in my decorations that my mom made in the early 80s.  My dad made oak plaques for her to mount them to and she gave away several as gifts that year.  Funny how I knew about taxidermy at that age, but it didn't really occur to me that this was a play on that until I was in my early 30s!
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« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2007 10:43:14 AM »

i love it!  it's both cute and horrifying at the same time.
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« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2007 10:17:11 PM »

Lol, thank you for your replies. I was beginning to think noone wanted to comment  Huh.

I am seriously thinking about making matching Santa and Elf heads too.

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« Reply #4 on: November 07, 2007 01:50:44 AM »

Ooh this is soooo cute !!! LOVE it !!! You definately have to show us the others when you make them....
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« Reply #5 on: November 07, 2007 12:50:40 PM »

He's very cute...

I added a jingle bell to one antler cause I thought it added to the feel of the season.

You could also add a wreath around his neck...just a thought...
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« Reply #6 on: November 07, 2007 02:05:38 PM »

i would love to see the mounted elf head. i wanted to make one kinda Harry Potter-esque  Grin
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