How to make a DIY log reindeer

Our simple instructions tell you how you can use your chainsaw to build a wooden reindeer out of logs and branches.

DIY log reindeer in front of green grass and shed

How to make a Log reindeer: selecting the wood 

You can use any coniferous or hardwood logs for your DIY wooden reindeer’s head and body and the logs you choose determine how large your wooden reindeer will be. Thin logs or thicker branches work well for the legs and neck, while delicate, forked branches make great antlers.

Tip: You can make your DIY log reindeer lawn ornament more stable by glueing it together during assembly. Glue doesn’t work well on damp wood, though. If you only have damp logs available, put the pieces together first and then add glue when they’re dry. The drier the logs you use, the better, as it means less risk of cracking.

A stack of wooden logs

Chainsaws for building your reindeer from logs

Crafting your own Christmas decorations is even more fun if you have the right tools to hand.

Committed to your safety: protective equipment

Making things with powerful tools is fun and means you can extend your abilities, which is great as long as you are relying on effective and safe protective clothing while using them. Always wear personal protective equipment when working with your chainsaw. This includes a helmet, cut protection trousers, safety boots, and more. The operating manual for your product contains more details on this. Fully familiarise yourself with the tool before you use your chainsaw for the first time, and check it is in flawless condition before each use. On request, your STIHL dealer will be happy to prepare your tool for its first use, and will also advise you on models and sizes of protective clothing that you can try at your leisure. Please remember that personal protective equipment is no substitute for safe working techniques.

Illustration: equipment for building a log reindeer, including chainsaw, logs, drill, folding ruler, wood glue

Material Description
For the body
  • Log, approx. 20 cm in diameter
For the head
  • Log, approx. 10 to 12 cm in diameter
  • Forked branches for antlers
For the legs and neck
  • Thick branches or thin logs, approx. 5 cm in diameter, e.g. trunks from young growth
Decoration ideas for the wooden reindeer
  • A homemade hat or woollen scarf
  • STIHL chainsaw
  • STIHL pruning saw
  • Secateurs
  • Drill with wood drill bits
  • Wood glue, folding ruler, vice
  • Hammer, angle grinder
  • Workbench or sawhorse
  • Tensioning belt for securing

Plans for building a wooden LOG reindeer

This homemade wooden reindeer outdoor decoration is easy to make and will get everyone who sees it feeling the Christmas spirit. With a little time and patience, you can build your own reindeer using just a few tree trunks and tools.

Illustration: The branches for the reindeer antlers are prepared and mounted on

Summary: how to make a DIY LOG reindeer

  • Opt for coniferous wood or hardwood to build your DIY reindeer.
  • Ideally, use dry wood.
  • Always wear your personal protective equipment when working with your chainsaw. You can find details in the operating instructions for your tool.
  • Start by cutting the body to length and drilling holes for the legs and neck.
  • Next, assemble your DIY wooden reindeer and cut the head to length.
  • Finally, add the antlers and accessories.
  • You can easily make these outdoor wooden reindeer in different sizes. They make ideal lawn ornaments for Christmas.