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How do you make a cork reindeer?

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To make a cork reindeer, glue wine corks together to form a body, legs and a head, then attach eyes, antlers and other features using craft materials. A red felt ball is sometimes glued to the reindeer's nose to identify him as Rudolph from the 1939 Christmas story.

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Several variations of wine cork reindeer are possible. For the antlers, brown pipe cleaners or twigs collected from the yard work well. It is also possible to cut antler shapes from brown card stock. Doll eyes from craft stores can be used to create the reindeer's eyes.

Step 1: Glue corks together

With a utility knife, cut one cork so that it is approximately three-fourths the size of the original. Then hot glue two wine corks to the long side of the shorter cork to create the body and legs. Glue another cork, approximately one-half the length of the legs, perpendicular to the body cork to create the neck. Then glue the last cork to the top of the neck to create the head. For a skinnier neck, a twig or branch can be substituted.

Step 2: Add accents

Glue antlers, eyes and other accents to the reindeer's body. Adding a ribbon bow around the neck or a fabric blanket over his back helps personalize the finished product.

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