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
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
- Small battery operated tealight
- Brown and red paint
- Hot glue gun
- Wiggly eyes
- Sparkly gold pipe cleaners
Begin by painting the flame of your battery operated tealight with red paint. We used chalk paint because it is fast drying.
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.
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.
Hot glue the two pipe cleaner antlers to the back of the tealight, one behind each eye of the reindeer.
Cut a small piece of holiday ribbon and tie it into a small bow.
Glue the small bow to the bottom front of the tealight reindeer.
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.