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

Next Up

How to Make a Votive Candle Runway for Santa

Light the way for Santa by lining entry steps with glowing votives.

How to Make Architectural Letters

Create the look of worn-metal architectural letters to display a little joy on a holiday mantel or entry table.

How to Make Chalkboard Stocking Hangers

Why buy a cookie-cutter stocking hanger when a custom one can be made with a few staple workshop tools? This project is a perfect way for the woodworker of the family to contribute to the holiday decor.

How to Make a Glittery Christmas Banner

German glass glitter transforms a party store banner into a stunner. Hang this holiday decoration on a mantel, a banister or even on the Christmas tree!

How to Make Sheet Music Christmas Trees

Bring the unexpected to your table with miniature Christmas trees made out of cut and curled sheet music. These fluffy trees will add texture and whimsy to any holiday arrangement.

How to Make a Front Porch Christmas Tree

Create a country-style look on the front porch this holiday season with some indoor/outdoor materials — and a few gifts from Mother Earth.

How to Make a Backlit Wooden Christmas Tree

Designer Dan Faires adds a touch of modernity to holiday decor with a minimalist backlit plywood Christmas tree that's perfect for indoor or outdoor use.

How to Make Mercury Glass Votives

Transform inexpensive glass votives and hurricanes into faux "mercury glass" candle holders using silver and gold leaf. These chic, handmade accessories will bring a little shine to any Christmas arrangement.

How to Make a Snowflake Curtain

Deck the windows with strands of snowflakes. They're inexpensive, easy to make and add the perfect dose of seasonal flair to even the smallest windows.

How to Make a Wall-Mounted Christmas Tree Alternative

Designer Casey Noble shows how to bring the look and feel of a Christmas tree to a small space by creating a wall-mounted version using MDF trim and fabric.

On TV

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.