Olive The Other Reindeer Book Ornament

If you’ve visited our blog before, you know that we LOVE creating crafts and activities based on children’s books.  What could be better than combining a fun children’s book with a craft for the kids with a Christmas theme??  We made this antler Christmas ornament based on the book, Olive The Other Reindeer by Vivian Walsh.  This is a super cute book so we knew we had to come up with a super cute ornament.  

Antlers ornament to go with the book Olive The Other Reindeer


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Olive, the Other Reindeer is a book about Olive, a dog who thinks she must be a reindeer after she hears a tune with the words, “All of the other reindeer”.  She heads off to the North Pole to help Santa and the reindeer on Christmas and surprises all of them with her reindeer skills.  At the end of the book, Santa gives Olive her very own pair of antlers.  This is a book we read every Christmas…for the fun story, the cute pictures, and the adorableness of Olive; She’s our favorite dog-reindeer!

Antlers ornament to go with the book Olive The Other Reindeer


Olive, the Other Reindeer antler ornament

Making this Olive, the Other Reindeer ornament was easy and fun.  We used a few materials that you probably already have at home.

toilet paper tube (you can use a paper towel roll as well)
black sharpie marker
red permanent marker
or you could use red paint.


Red glitter (that we received from our friends at 
www.craftprojectideas.com) and glue.
Clear tape

String for hanging in the tree

Draw lines like above on a paper tube.  You’ll need a 1/2 to 3/4 inch band, and a simple antler shape.
Cut them from the paper tube.  This is a great task for older children.  Adults will need to cut the shapes for the younger age range.
Use the marker to color in the shapes.  It’s easier for kids to do this part before cutting the shapes.
Tape the antlers onto the band.   Then cover the antlers with glue and shake red glitter all over.  

Hang with string and admire Olive’s antlers!  We went back and colored the inside of the headband red with the marker.  It made it look more like antlers and less like a cardboard tube 😉

Christmas Handwriting Activities

Writing out that Christmas wish list is a difficult task that brings out tears instead of holiday excitement.  I’ve got a solution for your kiddo with handwriting difficulties: a packet of modified paper for all of the Christmas handwriting tasks that come up each year.  Use this handwriting pack to help kids who struggle with handwriting to participate in holiday traditions while even working on and developing their handwriting skills!

Working on handwriting with kids this Christmas season? Grab your copy of the Christmas Modified Handwriting Packet. It’s got three types of adapted paper that kids can use to write letters to Santa, Thank You notes, holiday bucket lists and much more…all while working on handwriting skills in a motivating and fun way! Read more about the adapted Christmas Paper here

Check out the other kid bloggers sharing ornaments based on books today:

Felt Christmas Tree from Craft Ideas for Kids
Acorn and Pine Needle Ornament from Discovering the World Through My Son’s Eyes
Pine Cone Christmas Robin from My Little 3 and Me
Penguin Ornament from Preschool Powol Packets
How to Catch a Star ornament from In the Playroom
Christmas Tree ornament from I Heart Crafty Things

Looking for more ornament activities?  Try these: