Dancing Deer

The very kind and crafty people at HowDoesShe recently invited me to do a craft for them.  I had just picked up a box of brads (the paper fasteners) and was excited to try making a toy with them.  So here is the result.  A funny little dancing deer.  If you’ve never used brads or brass fasteners before, then go to the store and get some.  They’re really cool!  The deer really jumps and dances around with enthusiasm.  My daughter especially loved it.  If you want to try making one there is a template below.  Just cut out the shapes and connect them together with the brads, then tape a string onto the deer and tie it to a cardboard strip.  For more photos and detailed instructions you can check out the post at HowDoesShe.  They did a great job of clearly laying everything out.  Enjoy!

Click on the image below, then print.


  1. helicopter6
    October 22, 2010 at 5:29 pm

    Very very cute. Great colour and pattern choices.

  2. Gloria Freshley
    October 22, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Good Morning Joel, Just a note to let you know I mentioned your wonderful blog today and encouraged folks with children to be sure to visit! Cheers from Portlandia. Gloria

  3. angie
    October 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    awww, love this!

  4. treesandthehouses
    October 22, 2010 at 6:52 pm

    from one dad making things and making life fun for the kids to another - congratulations on such a great site and so many wonderful ideas. we've got a tonne of brads that i forgot about and looks like next week, that's what we will get busy with!

  5. Hazel Terry
    October 22, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Lovely wee project, would make a great shadow puppet too!

  6. Lori Henriques
    October 22, 2010 at 9:06 pm

    love the leggings! a deer after her own heart... :)

  7. Joel Henriques
    October 22, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    Thanks everybody!

    Gloria Freshley - Thanks for the kind post!

    treesandthehouses - Thanks! And I just looked at your blog. Very cool! I love that painted stick you made with the little toy guys on it. My son would love that thing!

    Lori - Yeah, the leggings look adds kind of a John Travolta Staying Alive vibe. Nice.

  8. joyfulploys
    October 23, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    I think I have scanned your entire blog...you have some cool toys, etc. I love some of your line drawings. Will it be alright to print off some of them to use for embroidery? Just for personal use, of course. Love your blog and all the interesting things you make with your twins.

  9. Fanny
    October 23, 2010 at 5:04 pm

    Absolutely awesome ! I discovered your blog a few weeks ago, and I love your drawings, your imagination and your pictures... I may talk about it on my blog, just to let you know...

  10. Joel Henriques
    October 24, 2010 at 2:44 am

    joyfulploys - Thanks! And yes, you may definitely use whatever you'd like for embroidery. I've been thinking about doing some more embroidery on a tee shirt myself. It's been awhile.

    Fanny - Thank you!

  11. Flotsam Friends
    October 24, 2010 at 8:21 am

    The patterns and textures make it even more adorable. Love the simplicity of it Joel. Pruxxx

  12. Kessi
    October 24, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Wonderful!! :-) Greetings from Munich, Germany!

  13. suna
    October 25, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    i love the simple shapes and vibrant colours.

  14. Helmi
    October 25, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Great idee, thanks for sharing.
    grt, Helmi

  15. annamaria
    October 26, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    Oh, great fun!:)

  16. aslı
    December 26, 2010 at 11:52 am

    very cute,bravo



  17. May 28, 2011 at 2:53 pm

    so cute! I can't stand it! :)

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