Cost to Make a Log Reindeer
Find the average cost to make a log reindeer yourself compared with buying one. Use your ZIP Code to adjust the cost to where you live so you can decide to do it yourself or hire a pro to do the job. Learn what to consider and the steps involved.
Build one or more of these charming log reindeers and you're sure to be the envy of your neighborhood. Put them indoors near the tree, outside on a deck looking inside or just out in the yard. We've enjoyed ours for years since the body parts can be taken apart and easily stored. This building project is especially fun for kids who can gather all the body parts and assemble them.
Since a reindeer is made of unsplit firewood and tree branches, there's no cost to make one, but you'll see them selling for $25-$40, depending on their size.
Here's some guidelines for the size of their parts: a log that's 4-6 inches in diameter and about 20-inches long will make about a 6-inch head and 12-inch body. For legs, use four, 24-inch long, 1-inch diameter branches and a 2-inch diameter branch for the neck. For antlers and a tail, find 1/2-inch branches about 8-12-inches long.
You'll need a saw, electric drill with spade bits, utility knife and some wood glue. Cut the firewood to make a body and head, and drill holes at angles for the neck, legs, antlers and tail. Whittle their ends to fit into the holes and glue on some button eyes. Decorate the neck with a colorful bow and get the kids involved.
Want to make your own? Click here to go to our Reindeer Plan and get the kids involved.
National Average Cost
Make a Log Reindeer
- DIY 92%
- PRO 8%