Picture of Pooping Reindeer Candy Dispenser
A friend of mine has a "poop moose." It's wooden moose that poops out candy. It gets a lot of laughs, so I thought it'd be fun to make something similar for my kids for Christmas.

The moose I looked at spilled candy out its bum when you lifted its tail. the candy was on a slope inside the belly of the moose, and was held in with a simple flap attached to a pivoting tail piece. If you held the tail up long enough all the candy would come out, although it would often jam and you'd have to shake it loose.

I wanted to make the same sort of thing, only with a slightly more complex mechanism that would dispense a small, measured amount of candy. I also thought it would be a lot more interesting and, uh, "realistic" if you pushed down the head to get it to "poop" as well.

I designed it for M&Ms or Reeces type candies which I figured would be less likely to jam. And why not make it a reindeer so it would fit the whole Santa/Christmas theme too.

With that list of goals, here's what I came up with.

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.
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Step 1: Material

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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 bandsaw 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.
workislove9 months ago
I love this, if I find the time I'm gonna try and make this for my baby cousins.
Couldn't you have put the hole some where else
seamster (author)  partypanda23451 year ago
Where would you recommend?

The whole idea is that it's gross and silly! :)
agguilar1 year ago
I LOVE THIS ONE!!!! Congratulations on winning !!!!
seamster (author)  agguilar1 year ago
Wow, thanks!
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 (author)  bobthebuilder7281 year ago
Thank you! I had a lot of fun figuring it all out.
triumphman1 year ago
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 (author)  triumphman1 year ago
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.
byarotsky1 year ago
Very nice and quite clever. The only thing it is missing are poop sound effects. Now that would amuse the kids.....

Good work.
seamster (author)  byarotsky1 year ago
The kids provide the poop sound effects themselves. That's half the fun! :)
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.
Make it a kitty.
kukubee1 year ago

Make it 'poop' sugar into your tea or coffee. Or nicer - mustard on the steak.
sugarcubes might work
rocketguy1 year ago
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! ;)
Then you have to fill it with Skittles.
seamster (author)  rocketguy1 year ago
This reindeer's mom was a unicorn.
zieak1 year ago
This is great!
seamster (author)  zieak1 year ago
Thanks! My kids love it.
Luny1 year ago
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.
seamster (author)  Luny1 year ago
Pippi! Yes indeed, handmade is always better.
sguarnieri1 year ago
I love it! I'm sooo gonna make one as a Christmas present for next year.
johnstat00025 days ago

Could someone do this with foam board?

seamster (author)  johnstat00025 days ago
I think it could be done, although it may be a little tricky. Give it a shot!
Mackramer2 months ago

Cool looking project! Do you have plans available for download?

ELLEN235 months ago

Hey Poppy Anne,

Can I get the pdf too plz

erict1 year ago
I was looking through my favorites and thought I do this for my next project and,Um, what happened to the rest of this instructable? I remember a picture of the disassembled reindeer a video and a drawing plan. Now all the middle stuff is gone what happened?
Poppy Ann erict11 months ago
i was the same as you thinking i wanted to make this and noticed that most of the instructable was missing but i was lucky as i downloaded it last year, if you want i can email it to you as a pdf, just message me with your email address.

regards Poppy Ann.
Raven81 Poppy Ann6 months ago

Hello Poppy Ann, could you please send the pdf to me also?


Dear Poppy Ann, could you please also send the pdf to me?
THANK YOU!!!!!!!!
fique Poppy Ann9 months ago
Poppy Ann,
Can you please email me the pdf too?
Hey Poppy Anne,
Can I get the pdf too plz
Hi, Can you please email me the pdf too?

victoras_h @ y a h oo. c om

feedforce6 months ago

Hey Poppy Anne,

Can I get the pdf too plz

coolme5331211 months ago
Cool foot
coolme5331211 months ago
Cool teeth
Please, paste the photo with the horn fixing.
ironicnet1 year ago
Looks awesome! I'm gonna do a rabbit instead... I think this will be my first wood project =)

seamster (author)  ironicnet1 year ago
Nice idea! You should do it. If you do, post a photo here to show it off.
Oldbear1 year ago
"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 (author)  Oldbear1 year ago

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!
The only downside I see is I have to build some now...
napzero1 year ago
now make a Nyan cat version filled with skittles! Poop the rainbow!
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.
jec04351 year ago
This is awesome! I am SO going to make one!
Oh, and I'm going to make a Unicorn!
I think a Unicorn is supposed to poop Skittles though, you know, "Taste the Rainbow."
harley5731 year ago
I'd love to have scale drawings of the parts so I can copy them. I am not nearly artistic enough to draw something like this. Mine would end up looking like a blob that poops.
your drawing sounds just like mine does,

I would love to have a printed sheet of the shapes of each piece that I could print out and that would give me a chance of making this for my grandchildren.
many thanks for sharing this with everyone.
woodmagnet1 year ago
Superdooperpooper. ;0)
lwaring1 year ago
that's great
alex_msi1 year ago
muñeco1 year ago
Pretty and well done project, more points for the sound effects on video's last part XD
mpintovsj1 year ago
Genial !!!
Sirdizarm1 year ago
Dude this is awsome!!! Just the kind of thing i can make and show my grandparents and uncle!
Claudia1 year ago
Very nice! Thanks
RAIKEKL1 year ago
The first time I saw this, my mom (over 80 yrs) had a plastic one on her kitchen window sill. HOWEVER, this one is so much better.... I have so many things to make and so little time, but I am planning on copying this! It is outstanding.
seamster (author)  RAIKEKL1 year ago
Thank you very much!
Mr.Sanchez1 year ago
Very clever !!Ready in my to do list.
three words, " I need one!" great work, were's my power tools at....
J-Five1 year ago
Thanks seamster, now i've seen everything!!!
kbrunner1 year ago
a hippo that shoots candy"poop"is fun!
What kid wouldn't get a laugh out of this. That's great. Nice pictures in the Instructable that show everything well.
mgrunwel1 year ago
I've got to make one with my kid now.
rocklocker1 year ago
We have our first grandchild due in June (it's a boy) and this is going on the list. Great job!
seamster (author)  rocklocker1 year ago
ironicnet1 year ago
Lol, the hardest past was converting the measure units into metrical system... 

"So you began with an 2.4384 mts long, 10.16 cm wide by 2 cm thick pine board. Then you cut it into two 1.2192 mts pieces, and used a bandsaw to rip one of these halves into two approximately 9.5250 mm thick pieces"

Thanks, i hope you don't get offended, but its easier to me using mts than foots and stuff...

Converted values using this ( and google =)
Jayefuu1 year ago
Brilliant! I had a rubbish plastic one of these when I was a kid, this is SO much better, with a much cleverer mechanism.
seamster (author)  Jayefuu1 year ago
Thanks! It was a fun little project.
rimar20001 year ago
Nice idea!
seamster (author)  rimar20001 year ago
Thank you!
lafnbear1 year ago
Amazing, excellent, favorited! I agree that the photo showing the innards does look like it's anatomically-correct... also love the last shot: Poopatus Reindeerus in his natural habitat, bowl of candies in front like he's eating from it, pile of candies behind like he just pooped 'em out - the real circle of life!
seamster (author)  lafnbear1 year ago
That's what I was thinking! At one point, I thought it would be cool if I could fill the reindeer through it's mouth... but I didn't really pursue that idea with this one. Maybe another design in the future though!
I've always wanted to make some kind of wooden toy, and I think this might be it. Thanks for sharing!

Did the reindeer ever "chew up" some candy that got stuck the wrong way, i.e. crack or crush it?
seamster (author)  Dominic Bender1 year ago
Suprisingly, no. I thought it would, but I think there's enough room for the candies to shift out of the way if they are ever being pressured. I guess if I really packed them in, some might get crushed when I try to dispense them. I just drop the candies in loosely till the belly is full, and it hasn't had any issues with jamming.
Polyhistor1 year ago
Nicely done!
artworker1 year ago
HE HE! From where do you feed the reindeer? Just kidding! Nice work!