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5 Coro rooftop reindeer

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5 Coro deer with PVC frames , zip tied to a roof PVC " cage " mount . I was going to finish with 4 more deer on the back side of the roof ridge but didn't this year  . Anchored with sandbags . Antlers are plywood . Deer are about 3ft tall but look good on 2nd story . Sleigh is from target 2 years ago .  Arizona weather isn't bad for something like this . They survived 26 mph wind but worse than that I'd lay them flat until a storm passed if I had to . Reindeer pattern was from a reindeer  shiloute web image search. I printed a small  size version and kinko's enlarged to 3ft . Cut traced pattern on Coro with a jigsaw . This is my 3rd season with these ....

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It looks to me like he used a regular yard flood light holder with a red led or incan bulb in it

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I used a aviation LED beacon for mine, it would blind you!! I used it on a wireframe this year,one of the animated reindeer I got at yard sales, ect. Picked up 13 this year for less then 20 dollars.I fixin to pick up more in 2017.The people that drove by the display ,commented and said how blinding it was, almost to bright. I picked up the beacon for $1 at a garage sale, brand new,never used. 

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Yeah just a regular $4 green spotlight holder with red LED bulb from Home Depot .  Cool white LED strands on antlers . One 900 lumen LED bulb spotlight from Costco in front of them 

Screw PVC ...,. Too hard to glue and keep lined up 

I have 2 different leg poses for deer so they don't look so cookie cutter  but I forgot to mix them up on roof 

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Looks awesome! Did you design the deer yourself or use a standard sketch and overhead projector to get the shape?


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Printed shiloute off Internet " reindeer shiloute image search " . Kinko's enlarged to 3 feet tall . I traced outline onto Coro with transfer paper 

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That looks great!  I wish I could put cutouts on my roof... but the wind around here is just ridiculous.  Well done!

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Love the PVC cage idea. Wanted to hang a Merry Christmas lighted Coro design I made up on the roof and this is the perfect idea. Do you glue your joints or sink in a screw so you can disassemble and store?

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