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Cork is considered biodegradable and renewable. It is peeled off from the bark of a tree (Quercus Suber), which is then left to regenerate. Cork is versatile, lovely to touch and fun to work with.
Don't restrict yourselves to what is shown here; encourage creativity and create other ornaments for the Christmas tree or gifts for friends and family. Cork can be collected or bought in Discount Stores.
NOTE: To cut cork, you will need a sharp knife or craft tool/cutter. There should be a designated person (volunteer or staff member) to cut cork during the session for safety reasons.
- A large bag of cork
- PVA or Craft Glue; hot glue is also suitable
- Craft cutter (Only handled by designated person)
- Paint and paint brushes
- Decorations: native seeds, craft googly eyes, jingle bells, small sticks resembling antlers, string, Christmas ribbons, lace, red pipe cleaners, and any other craft and hobby decorations you have at hand.
- Crochet needle
Make the Reindeer
For each step, you must wait for the glue to dry so it is recommended that participants make two reindeers and alternate between them. Drying time is around 10 to 15 minutes each time you use glue (unless you are using hot glue). See photos for a better understanding.
- Every Reindeer requires 4 wine corks.
- Wipe corks with a damp cloth to get rid of dust
- Reindeer 'legs': Take two corks and cut off 1/3 of the length then glue them together vertically and allow to dry.
- Reindeer's 'body': Get a new cork. Lace a small piece of string through a jingle bell and glue the string horizontally on top of cork leaving the bell hanging. Allow to dry for 10 minutes.
- Place tail in place by making a small hole with a crochet needle or scissors in the cork on the opposite side of bell. Apply glue and insert tail of your choice (string, stick, pipe cleaner, or drape tassel).
- Reindeer's 'head': Get a new cork and glue on googly eyes (don't put too much glue on or they will keep on slipping off while drying). Allow to dry.
- When 'head' is dry, take a crochet needle or scissors and pierce the cork where you want to place the 'antlers'; place some glue at the tips of the 'antlers' and insert them into place. Allow to dry.
- Glue the nose in place (use a seed or button or cotton pompom).
Assembling the reindeer:
- Place 'legs' vertically in front of you and glue the 'body' on top. Allow to dry.
- 'Dress' the reindeer. Use a small piece of lace or Christmas ribbon wide enough to cover the whole 'body' and glue it as per photo. Allow to dry.
- Glue 'head' to 'body'; 'head' should stick out half an inch further than the bell.
The reindeer is ready. Merry Christmas!
Other things to do with cork:
- Make reindeer heads with champagne cork.
- Cut cork into circles and glue on cardstock to form, stars, Christmas trees, wreaths, and angels.