For Christmas, the site I follow (babyrabies.com) made a very cute reindeer wreath out of tulle. Scotty is obsessed with singing "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" over and over again (we had to buy him a CD just to quiet him down), so I thought this one would be a big hit with the three-and-under crowd. Sure enough, the Bear adores his tulle creation and says good-night to it before he goes up his bath. Because of some of the materials, I would recommend you keep this an indoor wreath, particularly if you live in colder climates. We hung ours on the door to his secret closet. (And I got to hang my fancy not-homemade wreath on the front door, complete with matching, lighted swag).
about 5 (not 50!) yards of brown tulle
a 14" foam wreath
styrofoam balls (small)
black acrylic paint
Thin red ribbon (about a yard)
a red ball (I poached mine from Scotty's toy chest; if you don't have
kids/dogs/lots of balls laying around, you could always paint a small
styrofoam ball red)
floral wire or a floral pin
a thick black marker
Paint the eyes first; they will need time to dry.
Start wrapping the foam wreath with brown yarn (I used the same stuff from the turkey wreath.) I secured a tiny piece on each side with hot glue and just started wrapping. This is really boring so make sure you have a good movie on. You'll want to do about 1/8 of the total wreath.
After cutting the tulle with into 12" pieces, start tying it on the wreath that is not covered by yarn. Eventually, you'll get the whole thing covered. There should be no white showing.
For the antlers, I just free-drew them on the foam board and then cut out the pieces with my Exact-o knife. Considering how much I dislike working with foam board, you'll want a serious tool to cut through that crap. Scissors don't work and leave too many rough edges.
After the antlers were cut out, I traced the edges with black marker and tried very hard to not get high off the fumes. (yuck). Using your glue gun, glue each antler to either side of the "head" on the back of the wreath. It's okay if they are a little crooked - this is a weird looking reindeer to begin with.
Make a tiny red bow with your red ribbon and glue it to the bottom of where the face should go. I needed more ribbon because I made a fluffy bow, the kind you see on floral arrangements. If you don't know how to do this, don't stress - just make a regular bow and glue it on. If you want bonus points, attach little bells to the ends of the ribbon so it jingles every time the door moves. Add the eyes (I cut a floral pin in half and then jammed them in) and glue the nose on. And with that...you're done! Easy as pie.
FYI: I found my wreath hanger at Target. It was one of the those day-after Christmas great bargains. It definitely takes the stress out of using ribbon to hang the wreath. And it jingles, which makes the Bear happy.