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Reindeer Ornaments

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Changing the size of the pattern gives you endless variations with these designs

The obvious uses for these patterns are ornaments or gift tag holders, but there are a variety of other possibilities.

-Enlarge the pattern, cut it out of plywood, and add holiday lights as a window decoration.

-Make the pattern very large, cut it out of exterior plywood, and place it in your yard.

-Add supports to the back and put a candle behind it to cast interesting shadows.

Step 1: Copy the pattern. Attach it to the wood, using your method of choice.

Step 2: Drill blade-entry holes. For the interior detail cuts, use a drill bit just large enough to feed the #3 blade, or your blade of choice, through.

Step 3: Cut the inside fretwork. Use the #3 blade or your blade of choice. Start in the center, and work our way out. Do the more delicate areas first.

Step 4: Cut the outline of the ornaments. Use a #5 blade or your blade of choice.

Step 5: Sand off any rough edges or burrs left by the cutting.

Step 6: Apply your finish of choice. After the finish dries, spray the entire project with clear lacquer.


  • ¼” x 4” x 5½” Hardwood or plywood of choice
  • Spray adhesive or graphite paper (to transfer the pattern)
  • Assorted grits of sandpaper
  • Finish of choice
  • Clear lacquer


  • #3 and #5 scroll saw blades or blades of choice
  • Drill
  • Assorted small drill bits

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Lora S. Irish

Lora Irish is an artist who runs an internet carving studio with her husband at www.carvingpatterns.com. She is a frequent contributor to Scroll Saw Woodworking & Crafts and Wood Carving Illustrated and the author of Great Book of Dragon Patterns, Great Book of Fairy Patterns, Great Book of Tattoo Designs, Great Book of Woodburning, and Wood Spirits and Green Men. She lives in Mt. Airy, Maryland.