For Fun: Which cake could you eat all the day long?

Chocolate with chocolate frosting.

or

White with cream cheese frosting.

Simple steps to make a Rudolph the reindeer mount

This  Rudolph the Reindeer mount tutorial is a great project to create something special for your wall at the holidays.  Just be sure you don't have any little ones around who think you're killing Christmas!

I apologize to Santa for killing Rudolph. Do I redeem myself if I say this is just a stuffed version…not the real thing? This is a faux taxidermy. This Rudolph the Reindeer mount is adorable. Just make sure your kids know he’s only fabric or you might make them terribly sad!

Materials:

  • stuffed reindeer ( you could use a stuffed moose like this one and just add a red nose)
  • wood board/plaque
  • hot glue
  • glitter

To Do:

  1. Apply glue and then glitter to your board and the antlers of the reindeer. Let dry.
  2. Hot glue the head of the reindeer to your board (you may want to add a jar lid or round piece of wood inside the neck to help the head stand up nicely).
  3. If desired, add felt or ribbon to the edge of the board.
  4. Tie a ribbon around the neck (this helps hide any odd parts), hang an ornament.
  5. Use red yarn or ribbon to create a nose. Hot glue in place.
  6. Apply hanging hardware to the back.

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DSC_0819(this wooden plaque I picked up at Walmart for $1. You need one that fits the size of the stuffed animal you are using)

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(hot glue in mass amounts is used on the back of that tin cover.)

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(I used a bit of the fur from the arms to help make his neck look good)

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Rudolph the Reindeer mount is proudly sitting above our kissing chair. Yes, a kissing chair…

This  Rudolph the Reindeer mount tutorial is a great project to create something special for your wall at the holidays.  Just be sure you don't have any little ones around who think you're killing Christmas!

It works soo much better then a timeout chair. If a kid is sitting there they are available for kisses.

Levi is extra diligent to NOT get sent to the kissing chair. Gosh, I don’t know why the 9 year old boy doesn’t like it.

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Okay, story time.

Once upon a time this momma had a little boy and a teen girl. They were having a fighting kind of day. The kind to drive a mom nuts. Now, this mom doesn’t allow fighting in her house. Spats, yes. Disagreements, yes. But…not the full-on fighting. Oh no! Not happening!

So, the dilemma…what to do?

I could punish them individually. But, that might breed more resentment. And sounded less then practical.

And, technically…the older should get punished worse then the younger. Right?

Solution: send them to the naughty step until they hugged each other for 5 minutes straight.

Oh yes I did!

And, they did sit there for a long time. Until they realized I was perfectly content going about my day with them sitting there.

The best part…hugging for 5 minutes cannot be done without giggling and a mutual agreement that mom’s punishments are dumb!

Yay…agreement! Even if I threw myself under the bus :)

Moral of the story? A kissing chair would have been so much more effective!

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A tip…this cute project would work great as a non-Christmas craft with any type of stuffed animal. Dinosaurs, Rhino’s…even a duck. They would all be cute!

This  Rudolph the Reindeer mount tutorial is a great project to create something special for your wall at the holidays.  Just be sure you don't have any little ones around who think you're killing Christmas!

 To see what happens when my kids burp at the table head over to Manners Matter

Update:  The kissing chair is no longer a threat.  Levi, now 11, is too loving and cuddly to find that a punishment.  Gosh darn!

If you’re looking for more holiday projects, try:

Sharpie ornaments
Snowglobe ornament
driftwood and ornament centerpiece
Reindeer Rootbeer
Santa’s Key

Which cake could you eat all the day long?

Chocolate with chocolate frosting.

or

White with cream cheese frosting.

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