Copper Reindeer Christmas Ornament

Use simple tools to turn a thin sheet of copper into a jaunty reindeer ornament for your Christmas tree.

What You'll Need

  • Tracing paper
  • Embossing tool
  • Medium-weight copper metal sheet (such as Art Emboss)
  • 1/16-inch hole punch
  • Paintbrush with small handle
  • Jump ring
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 1/8-to 1/4-inch-wide satin ribbon

Download the free pattern.

How to Make It

  1. Download the free pattern, enlarge to size, and print. Trace the pattern onto tracing paper. Use the embossing tool to trace it onto a section of the metal sheet.
  2. Slowly cut out the traced reindeer shape. (Tip: Cut out each point from the outside in. The metal sheet will rip if you rotate the scissors in between each point.)
  3. Punch one hole in the reindeer head to make his eye and another hole at the shoulder for hanging.
  4. Use the narrow handle end of the paintbrush to shape the reindeer: Position the handle end in the center of the head and at the center of each leg, working on one section at a time. Wrap the metal sides around the handle, then slide out the handle. From the underside, the finished shaped head and legs appear as narrow cylinders.
  5. Curl the antler points and tail around the paintbrush handle to add dimension.
  6. Open the jump ring laterally and thread it through the hole in the reindeer's shoulders. Use the pliers to pinch the jump ring closed.
  7. Thread a length of hanging ribbon through the jump ring; bring the ends together, and tie them in an overhand knot.


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