Santa's reindeer feed bag game
Just finished building this Santa’s reindeer feed bag game for a client who will be using it to entertain children in the lead up to Christmas. They have to throw balls into a reindeer feed bag to win prizes.
Each reindeer feed bag is made from calico with a leather buckled strap and has the reindeer’s name on the front (Donner and Vixen are absent as is Rudolph).
Each reindeer feed bag hangs by a leather strap off one of the three tiered hitching rails. Hessian sacks full of “magic” feed are placed either side of the hitching rails as a bit of set dressing. Balls will be thrown into the bags by the children.
Each feed bag has 25mm jingle bells attached around the top rim so that they make a noise when the balls get thrown in.
The completed Christmas letterbox
The trickiest part of a Christmas letterbox
is making the curved top.
The easiest approach is to form the curve over some timber slats with thin 3 ply Craft plywood. Also known as Aircraft Plywood, Craft plywood is made of high grade Birch veneers and is available in very thin 3 ply sheets down to 0.4mm thick. We use 1.5mm thick craft plywood as it gives a nice balance between good flexibility and strength. The ply is available in half sheets of 1220mm x 1220mm. If you need full sheets 2400mm long you are limited to a minimum thickness of 1.5mm in Appearance Grade plywood.
Once the sides of the Christmas letterbox have been cut and assembled, four or five pine slats are fitted around the curve of the letterbox top as shown in the picture below. Once the glue has dried the thin plywood is carefully glued and bent over the letterbox top and clamped in position. It will be necessary to staple the ply as it is bent to hold it in place.
Leave overnight to dry and it is just a matter of filling and sanding the Christmas letterbox before undercoating and applying the final coat.
Assembled sides of the Christmas letterbox
Fitting slats around the curve for the Aircraft plywood
Clamping the Aircraft plywood over the letterbox top
Merry Christmas shields
These X14 letter shield props that spell “Merry Christmas” were built for a Westfield Christmas show. They have handles on the back so they can be easily held by the kids doing the show. They are made from 12mm ply with 3mm MDF letters covered in silver glitter.
Detail of one of the shields
Rear view showing handle