You know when you come up with an idea for a simple Christmas craft and you're a bit under pressure for time and your other half isn't terribly impressed with it and says it looks too much like a sheep, but it's too late by then anyway so you just go ahead and do it and then it ends up being a great success? (No? Just me then...)
Well, in a nutshell - that's what happened with this Wooly Reindeer tutorial.
I put it together very quickly one afternoon and sent it to Emily as my contribution to her, absolutely gorgeous, Craft Advent series. (Do pop over for a browse) Since then I've had lots of feedback from people who've only gone and actually MADE some Reindeer.
I can't tell you how excited I get when people actually make the crafts I share here. It's just so amazing to see an idea taken by others and developed and made their own. It's also fantastic to see herds of wooly Reindeer taking over the country! (Slight exaggeration.)
I've shared a few of the fabulous creations on my Facebook page, but I thought it would be nice to gather them all here too.
Sinéad from Bumbles of Rice and her boys were the first to show me their little herd. I was extra impressed because Sinéad told me that her printer was broken and she had to make her own template from scratch - so these guys are definitely unique! Top marks also go to her son Ciarán who brought his Reindeer to school as his entry in the 'Home-made Christmas Decoration' competition and WON! Well done Ciarán!
Two of Lile and Sábha's little cousins also got in on the action and made the cutest, fluffiest Reindeer I've ever seen. The yarn they used also shimmers under the lights and they put adorable little red bows around their necks. Perfectly Christmassy.
Naomi from Dr. How's Science Wows and her team of junior scientists also gave this craft a try with some beautiful results. I love how each reindeer is completely different and I especially love the one made with rainbow yarn. A Rainbow Reindeer! I'm sure Santa would approve wholeheartedly.
The most sizable herd, however, has come about thanks to my sister, who is a Primary School teacher, and made these with her class of 7-year-olds. The googly eyes give them such a comical look, I think, and the use of a scrunched up bit of red tissue paper for the nose is a great alternative if you're short a few pom-poms!
My favourite Reindeer of all though (and I'm totally biased here) is the one Lile made, sitting beside me, as I was putting the one for the tutorial together. She gathered all the bits herself from the craft box. The 'body' is an upside down 'sheep' left over from my Wooly Sheep craft tutorial and it's all, bar a bit of help with the antlers, her own work. His little smile just makes me melt and it's my favourite of this years decorations.