Rudolph was my favorite Christmas character as a child.  I saw it as inspiring that Rudolph was able to guide Santa’s sleigh with his bright red nose.  I created Rudolph’s head as a tribute to Santa’s most famous reindeer.  For this project, you will need gold tinsel chenille stems, silver tinsel chenille stems, red tinsel chenille stems, googly eyes and glue. A gold pack of tinsel chenille stems is sold on eBay for just $4.99. You can purchase an assorted pack of Christmas chenille stems for $4.00 on eBay that includes silver and red as well as many other colors. You can purchase the big googly eyes for just $.99 on eBay.

Combine two circles to make a big circle to create Rudolph’s head.  Remember to fill in the circle neatly because you want Rudolph’s head to look wonderful. After making Rudolph’s head, create two shapes, in the form of leaves, and fill them in with gold chenille stems.  Glue the ears to Rudolph’s head.

After attaching Rudolph’s ears, make the antlers.  Us the silver chenille stems to make the antlers.  Make neat loops to form the antlers.  Fill in the loops with chenille stems.  Make sure the antlers are even in length.  Then place the antlers on Rudolph’s head using the silver chenille stems to firmly put them in place.

Now you can create the features for Rudolph’s face, the nose and the mouth.  You will use the red chenille tinsel stems to make the features.  In order to create the mouth, make a crescent moon shape and fill it in with red chenille stems.  In order to make the red nose, mold it like a ball to make it dimensional.

The final step is to attach the features to Rudolph’s face.  Glue the nose to Rudolph’s face and then glue the mouth.  After the nose and mouth are dry, glue the big googly eyes to Rudolph’s face.  Your finished Rudolph’s head will add a touch of the holiday spirit to your home.

The history of Rudolph is interesting.  Before becoming so famous, Rudolph was first introduced in a 1939 booklet written by Robert L. May, which was published by Montgomery Ward, a department store.  While May worked hard in his office, he suddenly got the inspiration to make Rudolph’s nose red from watching the foggy view of Lake Michigan from his office window.  Artistic inspiration certainly ran in the May family, for Johnny Marks, May’s brother-in-law, created the Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer song.  In 1958, the story of Rudolph became a Little Golden Book.  There are also many films and television specials about Rudolph the Red nosed reindeer.

As we celebrate the holidays, we cannot imagine a Christmas without Rudolph.  Without a doubt, he is one of the most inspiring ones from Santa’s sleigh,  I created Rudolph’s head, from chenille stems, to celebrate Rudolph’s magic.  Not only does Rudolph’s nose light up the holiday spirit, the children’s eyes became magical when they see him.