- 1/8" plywood (from hobby stores)
- 10mm FLED (Linrose B4381H1FL-Red)
- 22 AWG stranded wire
- 2 AA battery box (preferably with a cover)
- Small slide switch
- Brown paint
- Googly eyes (from a craft store)
- "Snowflakes" (Made by Soft Snow)
- ~22 AWG bare copper wire
- Scroll saw/jigsaw (I made the first generation with an old Craftsman jigsaw)
- Hot glue gun
- Soldering iron and solder
- Dremel tool (sandpaper will work, but it will take a VERY long time)
- Something to paint with
Step 1: Cut Out the Body Halves
Cut out the halves using a scroll saw/jigsaw. Sand down the edges so that all splinters are removed and the body is smooth. A Dremel tool with a drum sanding bit is helpful.
Step 2: The Electronics
Step 3: Mounting the Nose
Tack down the wires with a few spots of hot glue, and securely glue in the FLED. Now is a good time to check that everything still works, before you glue on the other body half. If the nose doesn't start blinking immediately, turn off the power and start troubleshooting (trust me, it's better than having to rip it apart after you already glued everything together.)
Now that everything works, apply plenty of hot glue to the side you just mounted the wires to, and attach the two halves of the body together, aligning them as best as possible. After the glue cools, glue the "umbilical cord" (the two power wires that stick out from the belly) to the backside of the front leg. Paint the entire reindeer brown, making sure to paint over the "umbilical cord," so it's not as noticeable.
Step 4: Finishing Touches
Form some "antlers" out of the bare copper wire, and hot glue them to the head (one on each side). At the same time, glue an eye below each antler.
Apply a generous amount hot glue to the battery box, and sprinkle some "snow" on it. Repeat until very little black plastic is visible, and there is ~1/8" of snow on the base.