Friday, October 17, 2014

"R" is for Reindeer Rocker

Build: diy reindeer rocker

Another new gift build has been added to the handmade holiday series!  Today Ana White and I are sharing this reindeer rocking chair that any kid is sure to love.

If you enjoy using a jig saw then this build is especially for you.  The reindeer side pieces are a bit organic but that's the fun of building your own rocker - you can make the shape however you want!
We choose a reindeer in keeping with the Christmas theme but I painted it turquoise to keep it fun throughout the whole year.

The rockers are cut with a jig saw too, if you want 'more rock' simply make your arch more curved.  This reindeer rocker rocks back and forth just enough for a young child without being dangerous.  It's best suited for 2-4 year olds but my 8 year old daughter was loving it too!

The seat is 12" wide and about 12"high.

Be sure to add a fluffy tail to your reindeer and take care to sand all edges super smooth.

Every reindeer must have some antlers, a bright red nose and a jingle bell of course.

The nose is my favorite part.  I cut an old wood curtain rod dowel into thin slices, painted it bright red then glued and nailed it in place.  It adds the perfect finishing touch.

How to build a reindeer rocker:

Cut list:
2 - 1/2" mdf @ 24" x 24" (reindeer cutouts & antlers)
1 - 1x3 @ 12" (seat apron)
1 - 1x10 @ 12" (seat)
1 - 1x6 @ 12" (seat back)
2 - 1x4 @ 26" (rockers)

Step 1: Sketch out the reindeer on one piece of 1/2" mdf.  I used mdf because it cuts smoothly with a jig saw making for a nicer shaper.  Once you're happy with the sketch cut out the reindeer using a jig saw.

Step 2: Take the first reindeer and place on top of the second piece of mdf and trace.  This will ensure two identical reindeers.  Cut out the second reindeer and sand all edges smooth.

Step 3: Predrill seat pieces with pocket holes, glue and screw (or attach but countersinking screws from exterior).  The seat apron should be inset 3/4" from edge of seat.

Step 4: Attach seat pieces to other side of reindeer.

Step 5: Cut out rockers.  Clamp together and sand smooth.

Step 6: Cut antlers using scrap mdf from between reindeer legs.

Step 7: Attach antlers from interior using 1" screws.

Step 8: Prime and sand reindeer.  Paint as desired.
Stain rockers.

Step 9: Attach reindeer legs to interior of rockers using 1" screws.

Step 10: To make nose cut 1/4" slices from 1 1/2" dowel and paint red.
Glue and finish nail in place.

I'm linking up to:

Sand and Sisal
The 36th Avenue

Creative Collection @ Lolly Jane
Nifty Thrity Sunday @ Nifty Thrifty Things
Inspiration Exchange @ City Farmhouse
SAS @ Funky Junk
That DIY Party @ The DIY Showoff
Tutorials & Tips Tuesday @ Home Stories A to Z
Share Awesomeness Thur @ The 36th Avenue
Pretty Things Thursday @ Scissors & Spatulas
Flaunt it Friday @ Chic on a Shoestring
Frugal Friday @ The Shabby Nest
Furniture Feature Friday @ Miss Mustard Seed
SAS @ Just a Girl
Remodelaholics Anonymous @ Remodelaholic
inspiration board @ Carolyns Homework
Sunday Showcase Party @ Under the Table & Dreaming


  1. Oh my!!! I LOVE this! what a great idea

    Yay for you and Ana White

    Much love for this little reindeer, very cute

    Sarah @ Edea Smith

  2. So adorable! I cannot believe I missed this before. Incredible job.

  3. Greetings from Brazil! Thank you for this lovely project! I've been wanting to share my own version of the reindeer and now I that I have taken some pictures I don't know if there is a way to upload it here :(
    I built this rocker for my newborn nephew. Since reindeers are not so popular among kids' toys here, I decided to go with an elephant shape. It turned out really good, specially given that it was my very first project on wood. The instructions and pictures were very helpful and I found it quite easy to built. I guess the most dificult part for me was the sanding and painting - I opted for a chevron pattern in gray and cream. The inside was green, to match his bedroom. I guess Gael will be able to seat in a few months... can't wait to see the rocker in action!
    Thanks for sharing this adorable project!