Introduction: Pooping Reindeer Candy Dispenser

This is a reindeer candy dispenser that poops out tasty treats for you to eat!

When you push down on his head, an internal mechanism dispenses a small, measured amount of candy. It works especially well with hard-shell candies like M&Ms; and Reeces.

My kids think it's HILARIOUS, but their mom just rolls her eyes because of all the jokes, sounds, and comments that go along with the dispensing of candy.

Read on to see how I made this!

Step 1: Material

I began with an 8-foot long, 4" wide by 3/4" thick pine board. I cut it into two 4-foot pieces, and used a band saw to rip one of these halves into two approximately 3/8" thick pieces.

There was quite a bit of trial and error involved with making this, but even so I've still got plenty of material left to make at least two or three more.

Step 2: Make Some Plans

I drew out some plans, and then re-worked them over a few times until the mechanism looked like it would function the way I wanted. The pattern pieces were traced onto the wood, and all the pieces were cut out using a scroll saw.

I had to continually chisel, carve, and reshape things as I went to make it all work.

Step 3: Internal Mechanism

The head section pivots downward, pushing a curved piece that shoves the candy out the back end. (Pretty much exactly like real reindeer anatomy.)

You can get a pretty good idea of how this went together and how it works from these photos.

The head section, the candy pusher piece connected to it, and all the black shaded parts were cut from 3/4" pine. The back portion of the head as well as the pusher piece were sanded slightly so they were just a hair less than 3/4".

Dowels were used to create the pivots. I used a dremel to carve out areas to fit the connector piece between the head and pusher pieces.

Step 4: Assembly

The whole thing goes together with no visible metal fasteners.

The legs on the reindeer's left side are held in place with dowels to a side piece that is screwed to the rest of the body. The screws are positioned so they are hidden when the legs are in place. The whole left side comes off if I have to fix something or replace the rubber band.

The legs on the right side are permanently glued in place with wood glue.

The antlers were glued into a notch carved into the top of the reindeer's head.

Step 5: Thanks

I do not have any printable plans for this candy pooping reindeer, as it was made on-the-fly with a lot of trial and error and constant modifying.

However, I thought I should share the idea for those that are up for a little challenge. Thanks for taking a look!


scoochmaroo made it! (author)2013-01-29

This is my favorite thing ever. I would make it poop mini tootsie rolls for my enjoyment. p.s. when are you going to finally come and work here. I demand it.

seamster made it! (author)seamster2015-11-07

Hey, I complied with your demand. Now I demand you come back!

tomfairweather made it! (author)2014-09-26

Done it. A bit rough and ready but it poops almonds and Grahams fish... Chocolate to come at Christmas. I used springs to keep the head up instead of rubber band. This could perish. The pusher needs some downward sloping to get the last little bits out but seems to work fine. The top loading action works well and the integration of legs makes the whole affair easier to get stable. This would work lovely with some nice wood like oak.

seamster made it! (author)seamster2014-09-27

Nicely done! Thanks for posting the photos.

I like the back hatch for adding candy. That's a great idea!

partypanda2345 made it! (author)2013-07-23

Couldn't you have put the hole some where else

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-07-23

Where would you recommend?

The whole idea is that it's gross and silly! :)

agguilar made it! (author)2013-02-07

I LOVE THIS ONE!!!! Congratulations on winning !!!!

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-02-07

Wow, thanks!

bobthebuilder728 made it! (author)2013-02-06

Looks like something I would build! I love building dispensers of all types, its a bit of a challenge to get everything working correctly. Really cool project you got there!

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-02-06

Thank you! I had a lot of fun figuring it all out.

rocketguy made it! (author)2013-01-31

I love how the internal mechanism actually approximates the usual internal workings, minus the piston.

Only one critique: Should be a unicorn, as they poop rainbows. It's a known fact! ;)

Madrigorne made it! (author)Madrigorne2013-02-04

Then you have to fill it with Skittles.

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-01-31

This reindeer's mom was a unicorn.

sguarnieri made it! (author)2013-01-31

I love it! I'm sooo gonna make one as a Christmas present for next year.

Ehlers_TV made it! (author)2016-01-11

:-D cool !!! :-D

FreckledR made it! (author)2015-12-22

I love this!

Jaden is awesome made it! (author)2015-12-19

looks epic

JaskaranS3 made it! (author)2015-12-18

i need some one for making this for me

Stefanv10 made it! (author)2015-12-17

That's a very cool project! I was thinking, maybe you could use magnetic hinges to be able to take it apart and put it back together easily :) I made an instructable on magnetic hinges:


Snowberry made it! (author)2015-12-16

OM Gosh I gotta make one????

Snowberry made it! (author)2015-12-16

OM Gosh I gotta make one????

alcurb made it! (author)2014-11-16

Congrats!! Looks like a fun project.

I have so many questions, but I'll ask you a few:

1. How did you draw your pattern? Was the shape of the animal all in your head and you drew it free-hand, or did you trace an existing image? I ask because I'd like to transfer the technique to a bear.

2. Having in mind that I have almost no woodworking experience: What tool did you use to make the notches for the antlers and how did you keep them symmetrical so that you don't end up with one antler mounted lower that the other and then keep them at the same opposing angle?

3. What was the most challenging part of this project and how did you overcome that obstacle?

Poppy Ann made it! (author)Poppy Ann2015-10-05

Hi there, did you ever manage to make a bear one? if so do you have any photos of it so I could give it a try.

regards Poppy Ann.

seamster made it! (author)seamster2014-11-16

Great questions! Let me see if I can give you some good answers.

1. For the image I just did a google search, and drew it up based on what I saw. I didn't trace an image, but based it on a couple of decent side profile shots of caribou. I had to make various changes so the pattern would work in wood. For instance, the legs needed to be much more beefy proportionately than the real animal for instance.

2. For the notch, I made two parallel cuts about a 1/2" into the top of the head with a small pull saw, and used a chisel to chip out the ares between. For gluing the antlers equally... I just eyeballed it. They're pretty close, but probably not perfect.

3. Most challenging part? Probably designing it and getting it to work properly. I think I made at least 4 or 5 versions before I had one that worked how I wanted.

Hope that answered your questions sufficiently. Good luck as you attempt your onw! I'd love to see a photo when you get it done.

GWorks made it! (author)2015-04-21

Hahaha, brilliant xD
I'd love to make this in a Moose-version for a Swedish friend...

oldship made it! (author)2014-12-12

Thanks for posting, a nice xmas break thing to make..

SophiesFoodieFiles made it! (author)2014-10-19

Great & cool idea! Waw!

AnastasiaN made it! (author)2014-10-16

this thing would be awesome if I had it

tomfairweather made it! (author)2014-09-25

Hey guys I have made some vector plans of the reindeer. These have just been done and my Illustrator skills are not great so you may need to make some adjustments. The paper size is A3 so you can just print, stick and cut. I have made the legs integral to the body and instead of using a rubber band, which might perish, I will be using a spring against the head. I will upload images of the make soon. i.e. when I have done it...

reindeer-silhouette-vector (1).aireindeer-silhouette-vector.pdf
feedforce made it! (author)2014-02-28

Hey Poppy Anne,

Can I get the pdf too plz

workislove made it! (author)2013-12-09

I love this, if I find the time I'm gonna try and make this for my baby cousins.

coolme53312 made it! (author)2013-10-16

Cool foot

coolme53312 made it! (author)2013-10-16

Cool teeth

krasilnikiov made it! (author)2013-02-05

Please, paste the photo with the horn fixing.

triumphman made it! (author)2013-02-05

Very cool! Could be a Moose! But a Moose's legs are so long and antlers are immense, he would always be falling over. Just an idea I had! Maybe I'll try a prototype and let you know. Very nice job!

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-02-05

Thanks! If you get around to making one, be sure to post a photo here for me to see! Glad you liked this, thanks for the kind comment.

byarotsky made it! (author)2013-02-04

Very nice and quite clever. The only thing it is missing are poop sound effects. Now that would amuse the kids.....

Good work.

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-02-04

The kids provide the poop sound effects themselves. That's half the fun! :)

ironicnet made it! (author)2013-01-29

Looks awesome! I'm gonna do a rabbit instead... I think this will be my first wood project =)

Madrigorne made it! (author)Madrigorne2013-02-04


seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-01-29

Nice idea! You should do it. If you do, post a photo here to show it off.

zieak made it! (author)2013-01-31

This is great!

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-02-01

Thanks! My kids love it.

Oldbear made it! (author)2013-01-31

"My kids think it's HILARIOUS (they're all boys), but their mom just rolls her eyes at me because of all the jokes, sounds, and comments that now go along with the dispensing of candy."

My kids liked the video - and one of them is a girl. My wife... rolled her eyes.

seamster made it! (author)seamster2013-01-31


The way I see it, if the kids are laughing and momma's rolling her eyes, I'm on the right track. Thanks for the great comment!

Oldbear made it! (author)Oldbear2013-01-31

The only downside I see is I have to build some now...

Luny made it! (author)2013-01-31

I love getting handmade stuff like this, beats store bought every time. I forwarded the link to a 75YO friend who loves doing woodwork and making fantasy metal yard creatures. I can't wait to see where he takes this.

napzero made it! (author)2013-01-31

now make a Nyan cat version filled with skittles! Poop the rainbow!

rocketguy made it! (author)rocketguy2013-01-31

Hmm, that would be a lot more complex, and might require servo motors for the perfect circular 8-bit bobbing motion that nyan cat requires.

jec0435 made it! (author)2013-01-31

This is awesome! I am SO going to make one!

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