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Copper Reindeer Christmas Decoration

Brought to you by Lowe's Creative Ideas

Let the reddish glow of copper add a warm, whimsical touch to your holiday decor. Build it quickly from copper pipe and fittings. Remove the Christmas decorations and use the deer all year as wall art.

Reindeer head shape made from copper pipe and hung on a wall with ornaments.

Project Overview

Skill Level

Beginner

Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost

$$$$$

Tools & Materials

Tools

  • Pipe cutter
  • Tape measure
  • Epoxy adhesive
  • 2 - 2-in finishing nails
  • Extra-fine steel wool (optional)
  • Scrap wood blocks
  • Acetone (optional)

Materials

  • 3/4-in x 10-ft copper pipe
  • 2 - 3/4-in 90-degree copper slip elbows
  • 14 - 3/4-in 45-degree copper slip elbows
  • 8 - 3/4-in copper slip tees
  • 8 - 3/4-in copper slip caps
  • Clear spray lacquer (optional)

Items may be Special Order in some stores. Product costs, availability, and item numbers may vary online or by market. Paint colors may vary slightly from those shown. Availability varies by market for lumber species and sizes.

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Project Resources

Instructions

Step 1

Pipe cutter cutting a 3/4-inch copper pine.

From a 3/4-inch copper pipe, cut one piece 6-3/4 inches long, two 6-1/2-inch pieces, eight 4-1/2-inch pieces, three 2-1/4-inch pieces, four 2-inch pieces and 14 1-1/4-inch pieces.

Good to Know

You can remove the lettering on the pipe using acetone or give it a soft brushed finish using extra-fine steel wool.

Step 2

Using steel wool, slightly roughen the inside surfaces of each pipe fitting that will hold the end of a tube. Wipe the pipes and fittings clean.

Step 3

Assemble the reindeer head from pipes.

Download the Copper Reindeer Assembly Guide and arrange the parts for the head and both antlers in separate groups on a flat work surface. Mix a small amount of epoxy at a time and glue together the shape of the head on a flat surface. Let dry.

Step 4

Glue together an antler using scrap block supports.

Glue the pieces for one antler and use scrap blocks to raise the prongs for a three-dimensional look. Repeat for the other antler and let dry.

Step 5

Glue the antlers to the head assembly and let dry.

Step 6

To hang the finished decoration, drive two 2-inch finishing nails level with each other and 6 inches apart. Then hang the reindeer from the long top bar of the head.