Rudolph the Recycled Reindeer




Looking for a fun holiday project? This is your lucky day! All you need is: 6 bottles, 2 spray nozzles, some packing tape, and holiday lights! And guess what you have? Rudolph the Recycled Reindeer! This fun holiday fellow can be used as a yard ornament (your neighbors will be green with envy- get it?!) or an inside table centerpiece, or even a holiday light fixture! And you don't have to make a reindeer- try making your favorite animal! You could even make a mini animal and use it as a tree decoration! Have fun!

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Step 1: Gather Your Materials!

Here's what you need:
4- leg worthy bottles, (Gatorade bottles work great!)
2- bulbous bottles, (large 2 liter drink bottles work well)
2- spray nozzles, (only pictured on the windex bottle- sorry!)
1- role of packing tape, (clear works well for a nice, clean look)
1- pair of scissors, (they end up coming in handy...)
1- package or strand of holiday lights (the brighter the colors the better the outcome!)
1+ people ready to have fun!

Step 2: Plan Out Your Rudolph!

Plan out what goes where- just you you don't end up with your torso piece becoming a leg... learned from experience!

Step 3: Start Putting It All Together!

Now this is the tricky part! It helps if you have a friend hold everything in place while you tape it. If not, you can always rest it on a pile of bricks or books.

Step 4: Add Them Antlers!

Take your spray nozzles and cut off the bottom half on the pipe, (otherwise it could throw off Rudolph's balance!)

Step 5: The Best Step!

The best step! Add the lights! Wrap the lights around Rudolph and then plug them in! Look at that cheerful little fellow glow!

Step 6: What to Do With Rudolph the Recycled Reindeer?

 Looking for a good place to place your Recycled Rudolph?
Outside: use him as a happy holiday themed lawn decoration or hide him in a tree so that it looks like he is flying through the air! But please unplug his lights if there is any possibility of rain!
Inside: use him a table top light, why would you want a boring lamp when you could use Rudolph?!, he is also a very willing centerpiece, or make a mini Rudolph and use him as a tree- topper! The possibilities are endless!
Have fun with your creation!

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    I like it :]

    I guess it could do one step further by painting the bottles and making small holes for the lights to peek out? it might be easier to see what it is in the dark? i dont know just a suggestion :P

    3 replies

    Good idea- my friend and I were going to poke holes but all we could find were blunt scissors, rather hard to poke holes with :)


    if you have it dissembled you can use (with safety precautions of course) a hot metal skewer or rod or something to melt holes vs trying to cut them? Like a shishkabob stick? hmmm...