GINORMAS Holiday Reindeer Aka Rudolph




Introduction: GINORMAS Holiday Reindeer Aka Rudolph

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Hey everyone!

Happy Holidays 2011!

I seen this design in a pattern catalog that I received in the mail.
I thought, I can build that!

So, rather then buy the plans, I have Sketchup and thought I would try and design it myself.
Broaden my Sketchup skills.
I did post my Sketchup model here:
Sketchup Reindeer

You can PURCHASE the plans here:
The Winfield Collection GINORMAS Reindeer

I am no way affiliated with that company.

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Step 1: Materials Needed to Build the Reindeer

Materials needed:

6 Sheets 4' x 8' 3/4" plywood
Oribital sander (or your muscles)

Paint (color of choice, I choose white)
Red spray paint

2 turnbuckles
1/8" guy wire (50')
8 guy wire clamps
4 anchor hooks
4 screw eyes
Corner brackets and screws

Saw horses (to hold the plywood, while cutting)

Xmas lights of your choice
I choose red and white.
Red of course, for the nose!

Step 2: Transfering the Design to the Plywood

You could free hand draw the Deer, but I preferred to use my trusty overhead projector.
That way, I get everything in correct proportions.

Get the Sketchup file and convert it to vectors. (you will need the Pro version of Sketchup)
Once you have the vectors printed.
I made a transparency with my laser copier.
Then I projected it onto the plywood.
I used a pencil to outline the deer parts.

If you do not have Sketchup Pro, you can use the .jpg above.
Just make copies from that, or trace it out with a vector program.
You could grid it out, too!

Now onto the next step...

Step 3: Cutting Out the Deer and Parts

I cut all the parts with my Bosch jigsaw.
I used a plywood blade.
I wish my CNC could do a 4" x 8' sheet!

After cutting, I gave a quick sand, with my orbiter sander.
You could just hand sand it too! Watch for slivers!

When you cut the slots, make them so it is a good tight fit.
Rather have a little tight fit then a loose fit.
Use another scrap board to test the slots.
I did cut the slots last.

You will also want to drill the holes for the head to mount on the body.
I lined up both parts and clamped them.
Then, drill out the holes for the lag bolts.

I used angle brackets on the legs and antlers.

I had a lot of scraps left over. (see last picture)

Next step...

Step 4: Painting the Deer

I primed the parts first.
Seeing it is going to be in the outdoors, you will definitely want to prime the deer.

Then I used a GLOSS white to paint the deer.
But, I suppose you could use your color of choice!

I added the angle brackets at this time, too!

The final paint was the red on Rudolph's nose.
I just used spray paint for that!

Step 5: Adding the Lights

I bought my LED lights.
I choose RED and WHITE.

I had to dismantle the white set to except the red lights for the nose.
It was just a matter of pulling the white lights out and replacing with red lights.
I had to extend the cords from the nose to the antlers.

I painted the cords, too!
Spray paint!

I had to construct a holder for the spotlight.
Pictures say a 1000 words.

Step 6: Assembly

Assembly of the deer takes at least 2 people.
A third hand would have been better!

We put the legs together first.
Then put together the head with the antlers.
You will need some lag bolts and washers, to connect the head to the body.
I used 2" lag bolts.

Make sure your lights work, because once it is installed. It is way to high to fix.
Then we lagged the bottom bolt on the head, and pulled the head up with a rope. (if you look close you can see the rope)
Once in position, the other person will put the rest of the lag bolts in.

We added a bow and ribbon around the neck!

Then I did any touch-ups that were needed. (trusty white spray paint)

Step 7: Guy Wires

You will want to wire down the deer.
As a good gust of wind could knock it over.

I used the 1/8" guy wire with turnbuckles.
The turnbuckles make it, so you can tighten the wires.

I happened to find a good deal on the clasps.
They were $4 clasp and I got them for 93cents.

Step 8: Finished

Pictures of the finished deer!

I did screw down the front legs on the roof, to prevent it from moving.

Timer is set for the lights.
On at 5pm, Off at 11pm.

Step 9: With the Lights On

Some nite shots!

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    9 years ago on Step 8

    Hope the curve in pic 5 is the lens and not the roof..


    Reply 9 years ago on Step 8

    yeah, that happend when I stitched all the photos together.
    Took about 6 photos to make that big photo!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Yeah, Yeah, nah. We have strong winds coming through here, and I wouldn't like my roof pulled away like a sleigh. It is a good Instructable though, and maybe I could reduce it and put "spots" on the deer in the form of holes to allow the the wind to pass right through it. I would love to see your deer in real life, but we live too far apart. LOL


    9 years ago on Introduction

    WOW! This project is no joke, its HUGE!! Great work!

    the instant i saw this i thought- wow that is a good snowdeer. but i later notices the flatness. is it possible to use the deer like a skeleton and cover it with snow. then all will be saying - god how do you get it to stand up


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    suppose you could make a skeleton and cover with some cloth or something.
    Happy Holidaze!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Nicely Done

    Now that Rudolf is done all you need are Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen - don't forget Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen! - A Giant Sleigh for Santa and Merry Christmas!!!!

    Great Job - Great Instructable!!

    I will probably make one a bit smaller for my daughter's doll...



    9 years ago on Introduction

    Where is the jpg? How about a template file in pdf? Lifesize or with inch marks so that scale can be maintained.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    The .jpg is in step 3. All to scale.
    Just blow up the .jpg to the size you want.

    I also included the Sketchup model, which you can download from Google 3Dwarehouse.

    I did now want to publish the vectors for copyright issues.

    Hope this helps.
    Glad you liked it, and don't forget to give me a vote!

    Happy Holidays!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Well, that does help explain how the reindeer can pull the sleigh with Santa and all the toys for the good boys and girls all over the world. Eight tiny reindeer, humphf! More like NINE GINORMAS reindeer. Or is it "ginormous"?

    Anyway, it's big deer!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Great work! I'm hoping to build one for next year. I'm sure our neighbors will "enjoy" it ;)


    9 years ago on Introduction

    that is AWESOME ! My holiday is Halloween but this had me thinking hmmmm.. unfortunately its not in the budget