Christmas Feature 2013

How to make Reindeer Dust


Maxx and mummy (Ashley) have been busy making Reindeer Dust for Maxx’s school class as a little Christmas treat. Making Reindeer Dust is really easy and a lot of fun. The great think about making these rather cute Reindeer Dust parcels is the fact they are relatively low cost to make and you might have everything you need already!

If you haven’t hear of Reindeer Dust before the idea is to give it to your children to sprinkle in the garden on Christmas Eve so the reindeer and Santa can find your house. It is a really nice idea and Maxx loved sprinkling the Reindeer Dust last year, I think it made Christmas Eve that little bit more special and memorable.

Here’s how to make your own Reindeer Dust –

You will need:

  • Porridge oats
  • Glitter
  • Material, sandwich bags or a container
  • Ribbon to tie the bag (optional)
  • Scissors

To start pour some porridge oats into a bowl roughly two heaped tablespoons per child if your doing little gift parcels. Add some glitter to the bowl as little or a much as you like then stir the mixture so the glitter is evenly spread throughout. If you are making little gift parcels using a square of material lay the material on the table and put roughly two teaspoon of Reindeer Dust into the centre of the material, gather the edges together and twist the top then tie with a ribbon. This creates a lovely gift parcel for children, you can also add a label with a Reindeer Dust poem on it, there are a lot of different poems on the internet.

If you don’t have any material to create a parcel try using a sandwich bag, you can seal it shut or tie it with a bow. If you don’t have anywhere to store the Reindeer Dust you can always make it on the Christmas Eve and sprinkle it straight from the bowl, it’s a great activity for Christmas Eve.

Store the Reindeer Dust in a cool dry place until you are ready to use it.

Here’s to a magical Christmas Eve!



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  • Reply
    lia burns
    December 3, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Thanks very much

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    julie baxter
    December 3, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    fantastic idea!

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    Nyree Brunton
    December 7, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    The RSPB hopes that everyone making reindeer dust would use edible glitter (available in cake decoration isles/shops) as when the little garden birds eat the porridge oats they may die from ingesting the glitter 🙁 Or you can use granulated sugar coloured with food die, well that’s what I do 🙂 x

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      September 1, 2015 at 9:39 am

      Homebargains stores now stock coloured edible glitter for cake decorating, much cheaper than in cake stores, I’ve stocked up for Christmas (pastel colours rather than primary but that fits in well with the “Frozen” theme.)

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    Lydia G
    December 17, 2013 at 8:11 pm

    I’ve not made this for years. I love the idea from Nyree. I will NOT be using normal glitter any more.

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    caroline tokes
    December 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    fab idea & so easy 2 make

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