Make Easy-to-Store Holiday Yard Reindeer

Spice up your curb appeal for the holidays with designer Dan Faires' colorful, overscaled plywood yard decorations that pack flat for easy, year-round storage.

Purple Plywood Reindeer in Front Yard

DIY Plywood Reindeer Lawn Ornaments

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Materials Needed:

  • 1 sheet of 4X8' pressure-treated plywood per reindeer
  • jigsaw
  • pencil
  • drill
  • 1/2" exterior screws
  • quart of exterior latex paint in semigloss finish
  • roller handle and sleeve
  • paint pan
  • angled paintbrush
  • drop cloth

Freehand Reindeer Body Silhouettes

Lay 4X8' sheet of pressure-treated plywood on a flat, level surface. Use pencil to trace a freehanded silhouette of a reindeer body and head. Note: For the most impact, create three different reindeer body silhouettes in different sizes.

Outline is Sketched on Plywood

Freehand Reindeer Body Silhouettes

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Cut Out Body Panels

Using jigsaw, cut reindeer body silhouettes out from plywood, using the freehanded lines as a guide.

Jigsaw Cuts Line in Plywood Panel

Cut Out Body Panels for Plywood Reindeer

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Freehand and Cut Antler Panels

Use pencil to freehand outline of antlers to pressure-treated plywood. Next cut antlers out from plywood using jigsaw.

Jigsaw Cut Antler Shape in Plywood Panel

Freehand and Cut Plywood Antler Panels

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Freehand and Cut Leg Panels

Freehand U-shaped legs directly to plywood using pencil. Use jigsaw to cut legs from plywood.

Jigsaw Cuts U-Shape in Plywood Panel

Freehand and Cut U-Shape Leg Panels

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Add Notches to Body Panels

Trace 1/2"-wide by 6"-tall notch along the bottom of the plywood reindeer body, approximately 10 inches in from each of the two outside edges, using pencil. Use jigsaw to remove wood, creating notch.

Attach Antlers

Attach antlers to the top of the reindeer head with drill and exterior screws.

Screws and Drill Used to Attached Plywood Antler to Reindeer Head

Antlers Attached to DIY Reindeer Lawn Ornament

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Assemble Reindeer

Once paint is dry to the touch, fit body panels to leg panels.

Man Assembling Plywood Panels for Reindeer Lawn Ornament

Assemble Plywood Reindeer Lawn Ornament

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Add Paint

Lay drop cloth out along a long, flat surface with plywood lying on top. Using paint roller, cover entire front and back surface of each panel with two coats of paint, allowing one hour dry time between coats. Next add paint to the sides of each panel with angled paintbrush.

Storing the Reindeer

When the holidays are over, simply remove the leg panels from the bodies and store flat until next year.

Purple Plywood Reindeer Stacked by Garage Door

Disassemble Plywood Reindeer for Storage

Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

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