Mini Deer Pallet Ornament

Looking for an adorable ornament idea? These DIY reindeer ornaments are so cute and come together so easily. You’ll love how they turn out.

Photos of DIY reindeer ornaments

If you’re a regular blog reader here, than you already know that I love using my Cricut Explore. I love it so much in fact, that I’ve teamed up with 12 amazing Canadian bloggers to show you just what a Cricut Explore can do! We have made 12 festive ornaments using our Cricut. I can’t wait for you to see what everyone is up to, including these DIY reindeer ornaments that I created.

Cricut leather for the deer ornament

*Some of the materials in this post were provided by Cricut and Beacon Adhesives. This post may also contain affiliate links. For more information, please read my disclosure policy*

DIY ornaments are the easiest way to personalize your holiday decor. I’ve made so many ornaments over the years. At least one a year without question.

As my tastes and styles have evolved or changed, I’ve also seen the styles and colours in my ornaments evolve. I loved the idea of making some little rustic ornaments this year, and since pallet signs are so popular, I thought I’d try my hand at a miniature version.

Simple to make DIY pallet reindeer ornaments

How to Make Reindeer Pallet Ornaments

I used leather for the deer head in this project—mostly because I really wanted to cut leather on my machine! But, you can use vinyl, or felt, or any material you like.

Since I’ve made these, I’ve also seen others recreate them simply by drawing a deer in place, or my tracing an image they saw online.

Materials I Used for the Reindeer Ornaments:

Instructions for Making Your Own DIY Reindeer Ornaments

Prepping for the pallet ornaments with cricut leather

When you cut leather on your Cricut Explore, you may need a deep cutting blade. My leather wasn’t terribly thick, so the regular blade did the trick.

If you have the new Cricut Maker, then your machine will already be able to cut thick leather with the knife blade! There’s no need to add transfer tape or do any of these instructions below.

If you are using an older Cricut, there are two reasons for using transfer tape on the back of the leather: It keeps the leather firm and it protects your Cricut cutting mats from the fibrous material. (You want your mat to last as long as possible!) It does a perfect job of cutting the miniature deer ornament!

Cricut works well for this project

First, cut the transfer tape so that it covers the piece of leather you are cutting. If you know that you are only using a small portion of the leather, don’t waste as much transfer tape as I did! Cut it down to size first.

Two options for my deer head

I did two versions of these deer, because I wasn’t sure which one I liked better. The ones pictured in this post are the smaller deer heads in the photo. You can access my design HERE, when you sign in to your Cricut Design Space.

Set the dial on your Cricut to "custom" for these ornaments

Next, set the dial on your Cricut to “custom,” and then select “Leather – 2mm” from the options menu.

Here's how the deer looks after the Cricut cuts it

Your Cricut will automatically do 3 or 4 cuts, and the deer should come out perfectly!

Popsicle sticks for these cute ornaments
Cut them down to make the mini pallet

Next, grab those popsicles and cut them for the mini pallet. The four across were 3.5″ each, and the top and bottom pieces were just over 3″ each.

Trim the popsicle sticks down to size
Once cut, you can stain them if you like

Once they are cut, you can use wood stain to stain the popsicle sticks if you want to. I chose to use a dark walnut stain, because I love the contrast of the dark stains against the white leather.

If you are using a different material for the reindeer, you can also switch the stain colour, or paint the “pallets”, or leave them in their natural popsicle stick colour!

Get ready to glue. Power Tac is my go to glue of choice for projects like this.

When it comes to glues, I can be very picky! (Does that make me sound like a snobby DIYer?! lol.) I just don’t like glue guns leaving strings and globs, and not letting my projects sit flat. Power-Tac was the perfect glue for the job!

Here's all you need to make sure this adorable ornament stays together

I used the Power-Tac glue to attach the pallet popsicles, and the jute string to the back. It holds so well, I won’t have to worry about it breaking anytime soon!

DIY Rustic Pallet Ornaments

What do you think of my little rustic ornaments?! I’ve already seen so many people recreate these little reindeer ornaments and I love seeing every version!

Different colours, materials, and images, but the little popsticle pallets remain the same. I love the idea of mass producing these guys in a classroom or to give as present toppers.

There is nothing more special than receiving a personalized gift over the holidays, and I know that these little reindeer ornaments would be sure to impress anyone who received one!

Make your own pallet ornaments
Mininature Reindeer Ornaments
Make these DIY rustic pallet ornaments with a few popsicle sticks and some jute string!

DIY Reindeer Ornaments

Yield: 1
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Easy
Estimated Cost: $10

Looking for an adorable ornament idea? These DIY reindeer ornaments are so cute and come together so easily. You'll love how they turn out.

Materials

  • 6 popsicle sticks
  • Leather or faux leather
  • Transfer tape (if using an older Cricut machine)
  • Wood stain (optional)
  • Jute string
  • Glue

Tools

  • Cricut Maker (or older machine)
  • Knife blade or deep cutting blade

Instructions

  1. Follow the link to the Cricut design space to access the design
  2. If using an older machine, add transfer tape to the back of your leather
  3. Cut design out of leather using the Cricut machine and the knife blade or deep cut blade
  4. Cut your popsicle sticks to size (cut 4 at 4.5" and cut 2 at just over 3")
  5. Stain or paint your popsicle stick pallet, as desired
  6. Glue your popsicle sticks together to make a "pallet"
  7. Glue the deer head in place and glue the string on the back to hold your ornament

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If you love this DIY, you might love these Wooden Tree Ornaments too!

Wooden tree ornaments

If you liked this miniature deer ornament, don’t forget to check out the other great Christmas Cricut Ornaments from my Canadian blogging friends!

13 other Christmas ornaments

More DIY Christmas Ornament Ideas

From top left, they are:

Christmas Garland from The Learner Observer
3D Christmas Tree from Woman in Real Life
Star Ornament from The Inspired Home
Penguin Ornament from A Boy and His Mom
Handlettered Ornaments from Teacups and Things
Paper House Christmas Ornament from Fresh Crush
 Easy Christmas Ornaments from Sparkle Shiny Love
3D Snowflake Ornament from Brooklyn Berry Designs
Mini Deer Pallet Ornament from Love Create Celebrate
3D Gingham Trees from Rambling Renovators
Glitter Monogram Snow Globe Ornaments from Bawlers and Crawlers
Paper Geometric Christmas Ornaments from Life is a Party
Atomic Starburst Ornaments from PMQ for Two

If you love rustic ideas, don’t forget to check out my easy DIY rustic advent calendar!

Make your own rustic advent calendar

If you like simple, rustic ornaments, here’s another great one I did with my Cricut Explore!

Simple DIY ornaments

83 thoughts on “Mini Deer Pallet Ornament

  1. OMGosh this is too cute! My first thought was ‘where did she get that adorable little pallet” and then read how you made it with the popsicle sticks – genius!!! Love this idea and thank you for sharing your creativity!

  2. I have so many idea’s although I am totally a newbe. We moved from the city to the country & I am so in need of a hobby. This looks amazing. I am entering in hopes I can learn & let my creative mind flow. Thanks for this chance

  3. My baby bug just died so this would be an amazing upgrade! These deer would be just perfect for my new son in law who is a hunter! We also have a new grand daughter on the way and I have so many ideas for decor and scrapbook pages and albums! Thank you for the chance!

  4. I really like this ornament. Thanks for sharing the instructions. I might try another way of making the deer since I don’t have a Cricut Explore, yet :)

  5. I saw some tree decorations make with vinyl that was cut on a Cricut that I would love to make. The ornaments you showed are really cute too!

  6. Looks great! I had tried cutting fabric with transfer tape as the backing and it was not as clean a cut as yours! I love that you used a textured leather. Top notch!

  7. I LOVE this ornament! Okay, first I would make a car sign for my business, then a few stencils for craft things I am making!

  8. These are too cute! I love all the Christmas ideas that can be done with a cricut! So many crafts could be easily accomplished with one!

  9. I made 11 of these for the men in my Department at work. They all loved them. I did mine with brown vinyl and wrote on the top: Oh deer … and on the bottom It’s almost Christmas. I so love giving homemade gifts from presents. Extremely glad I found your design.

    1. Cute ornaments. I went to follow the link to cut the deer and it does not pull up in DS. Is there another way I can find the cut file for the deer head?

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