Make a log reindeer
A log reindeer decoration. (Gene Hamilton / December 9, 2013)
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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Pro Cost -- DIY Cost -- Pro time -- DIY Time -- DIY Savings -- Percent Saved
$40 -- $5 -- 0.0 -- 3.0 -- $35 -- 88 Percent
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