Isn’t this ornament cute. I love the whimsy style and think my nieces will too. So let me tell you how this ornament came about because this is NO WHERE close to being my vintage style.
While cleaning and organizing my craft room I found a set of cookie stencils that I bought LAST year to do what with I have no idea but they were in the dollar bin so I grabbed them mainly for the snowflake and reindeer. Well the other day, while I was doing some serious procrastinating in the cleaning department I was looking on Pinterest and came across these really cute reindeer cookies click HERE and HERE. Inspiration hit right then and there. I thought how cute would it to be to make an ornament using the Gingerbread Man cookie stencil I just found buried under mounds of paper like the cookies I saw in the two reindeer cookie links. I’ve never ever thought of turning a gingerbread man cookie upside down to make a reindeer cookie. Have you? Genius I tell ya.
So I got to work and started making an ornament for Madelyn and Bellie to hang on their Christmas tree this year. All I did was cover a chipboard circle approximately 3″ in diameter with vintage sheet music. Then using a pencil I traced the upside down gingerbread man in the middle of the covered chipboard circle. Next I painted the inside of the gingerbread man/reindeer using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Traditional Tan and Sable Brown Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint. The eyes are created using the end of a paint brush and Claudine Hellmuth Studio Blank Canvas Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint. The antlers are created using Liquid Pearls Dimensional Pearlescent Paint in Dark Chocolate.
Once the paints were dry I outlined the reindeer’s head using a Black Gelly Roll Pen then drew the string for the lights around the antlers and accented the reindeer’s face. To create the lights I alternated Ice Stickles Christmas Red, Turquoise, Green and Stickles Yellow. Then used Ice Stickles Christmas Red to make the reindeer’s nose. While the Stickles were drying I painted a scallop border around the edge using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Landscape Green Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint. Once the paint was dry I accented the scallops using the Black Gelly Roll Pen then added red dots between each scallop using Claudine Hellmuth Studio Dash of Red Semi-Gloss Acrylic Paint and the end of my paint brush. Once the paint was dry I applied Rock Candy Distress Stickles on each scallop and on the top of the reindeer’s ears and head then mixed in a little Diamond Stickles while the Distress Stickles was still wet. I then accented each Dash of Red dot using Diamond Stickles.
To finish the back of the ornament I added scallops like I did for the front of the ornament then attached K & Company Red Glitter Sticker Numbers for the year.
To complete the ornament I added a hanger made from red & white baker’s twine then accented the top front of the ornament with a small silver jingle bell and a bow made out of Maya Road Red Apple Mini Gingham Trim.
I hope you give this a try… it was really fun to make.