DIY Rudolph Tealight Ornament

This DIY Rudolph tealight ornament is so cute, don’t you think? With the exception of the battery-operated tealights themselves, you may already have all the other necessary supplies on hand.

This is a fun holiday craft project that even younger kids can help you with, as long as supervision is provided. Paint the base of each candle brown and the actual light red. Allow them to dry completely.

Glue on appropriately-sized wiggly eyes and “antler-shaped” gold pipe cleaners… the more sparkle the better! A hot glue gun is best. In the event you don’t have access to one, any good- quality craft glue is sufficient.

Your antlers don’t have to be perfect, by any means. Just give each pipe cleaner a few half-loop bends. It’s as easy as that.

DIY Rudolph Tealight Ornament

DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament
DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament in process

Use matching ribbon or fabric to make Rudolph’s bowtie and the ornament hanger. I personally love the plaid fabric used in this example. But, any Christmasy ribbon will get the job done.

I think these are perfect little gifts for teachers, classmates or even neighbours. The ornaments are easy to make and pretty affordable to boot. If you know someone who collects Rudolph décor (and tons of people do) you could easily gift them with 10 or 12 little Rudolph’s to hang on their holiday tree.

Another notable thing about the ornaments is that they’re safe use because the tealights never get hot enough to start a fire. Safety is always an issue. But, it’s important to practice Christmas tree safety, during the holidays. There’s no such thing as being TOO careful!

Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer has been a holiday tradition for generations. What would Santa and the other reindeer do without him, on Christmas Eve? It’s easy to make the holidays more merry and bright, with the help of these adorable ornaments. You still have time to make this craft and there’s no better time to start!


DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament

DIY Rudolph Tealight Ornament
Rudolph Tealight Ornament


  • Small battery operated tealight
  • Brown and red paint
  • Paintbrushes
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun
  • Wiggly eyes
  • Sparkly gold pipe cleaners
DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament
Rudolph Tealight Ornament material needed



Begin by painting the flame of your battery operated tealight with red paint. We used chalk paint because it is fast drying.

DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament
Rudolph Tealight Ornament in process

Once the flame of the tealight has dried, use brown paint to cover the rest of the front and sides of the tealight. You will not need to paint the back of the tealight.

When the paint has dried completely, glue two wiggly eyes to the front of your painted tealight above the flame.

DIY Rudolph Tealight Ornament
Rudolph Tealight Ornament in process

Cut a gold sparkly pipe cleaner in half and form each half into a zigzag type of reindeer antler shape. You can see the photos for reference.

DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament
DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament in process

Hot glue the two pipe cleaner antlers to the back of the tealight, one behind each eye of the reindeer.

DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament
DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament in process

Cut a small piece of holiday ribbon and tie it into a small bow.

DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament
DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament in process

Glue the small bow to the bottom front of the tealight reindeer.

DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament
DYI Rudolph Tealight Ornament in process

Cut another small loop of ribbon and hot glue it to the top of the back of the tealight in the middle. This will be the hanger for your ornament.

DIY Rudolph Tealight Ornament
Rudolph Tealight Ornament

Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto.She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. This is such a cute DIY ornament to make. I must share this with my daughters in law so they can ake this with our grandchildren. They will love this.

  2. I can’t say how much I like this craft, it is so cute. I have pinned so we can make some of these come the holidays.

  3. I love these and I need to get to the dollar store to buy everything to make these, this will be a fun craft to do with my granddaughter


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