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.
DIY Plywood Reindeer Lawn Ornaments

DIY Plywood Reindeer Lawn Ornaments

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. Pick any color in the rainbow for a vibrant twist on holiday decor.

Photo by: 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.

Freehand Reindeer Body Silhouettes

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.

Photo by: 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.

Cut Out Body Panels for Plywood Reindeer

Cut Out Body Panels for Plywood Reindeer

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

Photo by: 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.

Freehand and Cut Plywood Antler Panels

Freehand and Cut Plywood Antler Panels

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

Photo by: 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.

Freehand and Cut U-Shape Leg Panels

Freehand and Cut U-Shape Leg Panels

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

Photo by: 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.

Antlers Attached to DIY Reindeer Lawn Ornament

Antlers Attached to DIY Reindeer Lawn Ornament

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

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

Assemble Reindeer

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

Assemble Plywood Reindeer Lawn Ornament

Assemble Plywood Reindeer Lawn Ornament

With all your pieces cut, fit body panels to leg panels.

Photo by: 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.

Disassemble Plywood Reindeer for Storage

Disassemble Plywood Reindeer for Storage

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

Photo by: Brian Patrick Flynn

Brian Patrick Flynn

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