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Christmas Craft: Rudolph Table Topper

Rudolph Table Topper

Total Time Needed: 2-3 Hours

This reindeer's nose isn't his only noteworthy feature. His antlers also make a festive display rack for hanging your Christmas ornaments.


  • 12- by 18-inch piece of brown craft foam
  • Scissors
  • 64-ounce juice bottle with a red cap, emptied and rinsed
  • Craft knife
  • Sand
  • Funnel
  • 2-inch Styrofoam ball
  • 3- by 2-inch scrap of black craft foam
  • Craft glue (we used tacky glue)
  • 2 branched sticks (ours were about 2 feet tall)
  • 2 clothespins
  • Holiday ornaments and ribbon


Rudolph Table Topper - Step 1

1. On the brown craft foam, draw 2 ears and a pear-shaped head, as shown. Draw 2 asterisks at the top of the head where the antlers will go and trace the bottle cap at the other end for the nose. Use scissors to cut out the head, ears, and nose hole, then cut the asterisks to make holes.

Rudolph Table Topper - Step 2

2. Mark 2 asterisks at the bottom of the bottle, about 4 inches apart, and cut those with a craft knife (a parent's job). Use the funnel to fill the bottle with sand.

Rudolph Table Topper - Step 3

3. Put the head shape onto the bottle by pushing the spout through the nose hole. For eyes, cut the Styrofoam ball in half with a craft knife (a parent's job). Cut 2 quarter-size circles from black craft foam and glue one on each of the Styrofoam pieces. To help the foam circles stick, turn over each eye and press down hard, flattening the rounded edge.

Rudolph Table Topper - Step 4

4. Screw the cap on and lay the bottle on its side. Glue the eyes in place. Next, line up the asterisk holes in the head with the ones in the bottle, then push the antler sticks through. Glue on the ears, using clothespins to hold them in place while they dry. To finish, decorate Rudolph's antlers with holiday ornaments tied on with ribbons.