I have been wanting to make something for the bare walls in our house! Since we bought our little gem, it has come to attention that we don’t have thousands and thousands of dollars in disposable income to decorate the place.
So my dreams of a magazine ready home are on hold until we can piece things together. Slowly but surely it will get there, and by then I will probably sick of it and start the process all over again.
So with the winter holidays coming up I wanted to add some decor that was timely but not overly Christmasy.
I had seen some reindeer silhouettes I liked and decided to just go for it. Since none of the pins I found were super helpful I decided to share my crazy creative process.
I was inspired by this pin but wasn’t totally in love with it.
- Canvas, Canvas Board, water color paper or whatever you want to make your reindeer on: I bought these master touch canvas boards at hobby lobby. I used a 40% coupon available on their website to make it a steal of a deal!
- Mod podge
- Paint brushes
- Some spray paint
- Glitter: I used the extra fine glitter in goldenrod also from hobby lobby.
Find a deer silhouette you like!
Just Google it. I thought about buying a vector image I really liked, but there were plenty of other busts I liked that were available for free on Google. You’re going to blow it up so big it doesn’t matter the quality, you just need to basic outline and shape.
I used these:
Get your silhouette prepped:
Use word or publisher to blow them up to about the size you want. When I printed mine it spit them out on 4 pages. I cut them out and tapped them together. They were a bit grainy, but it was just for the outline so they worked perfectly.
Draw your outline:
I traced around the edge of the silhouette directly onto the canvas board. I modified them a little to make the antlers turn a little here, be more defined there. I used a tracing pencil that I soon realized was going to smear as I continued to work. After I finished with the outline I spray painted the canvases with white primer. This gave it an overall smooth look, and allowed the pencil to show through lightly so I could still follow the lines.
Paint on your mod podge. I used a short firm brush to fill in the antlers first. I used a heavy coat to give the piece some depth and left the stroke lines and ridges. Dust the mod podge with a HEARTY helping of glitter and let it dry a little.
I started with one area, then would go to the opposite end to work on filling in another section with mod podge while the first dried.
I shook off most glitter into a platter and used it all again. For both busts I went through less than one bottle of glitter. This was my first glitter project so I had purchased 3… the others will be going back!
Once it was all dry, I sprayed it with clear coat to help keep the glitter stable!
We hot glued ribbon to the back and have command hooks to hang them with! Ours are going to cover a high outlet otherwise we would have just hung them with command strips. I’ll post a picture of them up once we get them on the wall.
I seriously LOVE them! I am thinking it would be fun to make different ones for different seasons.
If you make one let me know what worked for you!!!