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Make a Log and Stick Reindeer

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Better yet, make a family of reindeer to decorate inside our outside your home.

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“Home Safe Home” Gift Ideas and Holiday Decorations

Want to give a meaningful gift to someone this Christmas? Here’s our take on three safety-related items every homeowner should have.

A fire extinguisher should be in every kitchen since stove fires are a major source of home fires. I admit we don’t have one but we have the next best thing called Tundra, a fire extinguishing spray. It’s not big and cumbersome so it’s easy to handle. To use the fire extinguishing spray point and spray it at any type of fire. Keep one handy in the kitchen, workshop or anywhere a fire might occur to keep everyone safe in a family friendly home. You’ll find them sold at home centers for about $25.

A weather radio, with an efficient hand turbine, LED light, clock and cell phone charger via USB, is a must-have item for stormy weather conditions to keep you informed and cell phones operational. We like the Eton American Red Cross Axis AM/FM/NOAA Weather Radio that costs $70 at Brookstone.

The best defense against shock for a handy homeowner working on an electrical project is a Digital Multimeter, versatile device that allows you to safely determine if voltage is present while you’re doing any electrical repair or installation. The one we use is from Radio Shack and costs $36.

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What’s Popular on Pinterest


We have many boards on Pinterest and we’re always curious to see what topics are pinned and repinned. A recent look at the Analytics showed the most popular was about covering suspended ceiling grid covers Install Ceiling Grid Covers. It’s a quick fix that transforms an old ceiling into a new one, especially if the grid has become rusty or pitted over the years.

The second most viewed is a plan and instructions to build our log reindeer which we’re happy to see continues to be the most popular of the woodworking plans that are designed for a parent and child to build together. We made ours years ago and put it in our yard every Christmas and it always makes us smile. Log Reindeer .

Coming in third was the cost to install an attic floor Install an Attic Floor which was a boom to storage space in our house. Even though the space had a low ceiling and was unheated it provided a bonus area where we could store not often used items, like our log reindeer and other holiday decorations.

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Make a Log & Stick Reindeer with Your Kids

Diy192a You’re sure to be the envy of your neighborhood with this charming log reindeer on the front porch to welcome guests. Or position him in your garden or on a deck looking inside. Wherever the reindeer resides, he’ll be a popular addition to your holiday tradition. We’ve enjoyed ours for years, and the body parts can be taken apart and easily stored. This building project is especially fun for kids, who can gather all the body parts and assemble them.

Since the reindeer is made of unsplit firewood and tree branches, there’s no cost to make one, but you’ll see them selling for $25 to $50, depending on their size.

Here are some guidelines for the size of their parts: a log that’s 4 to 6 inches in diameter and about 20 inches long will make about a 6-inch head and 12-inch body. For legs, use four 24-inch long, 1-inch diameter branches and a 2-inch diameter branch for the neck. For antlers and a tail, find 1/2-inch branches about 8 to12 inches long.

You’ll need a saw, electric drill with spade bits, utility knife and some wood glue. Cut the firewood to make a body and head, and drill holes at angles for the neck, legs, antlers and tail. Whittle their ends to fit into the holes and glue on some button eyes. Decorate the neck with a colorful bow or bandana.

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