Reindeer Ornament

Dec 4, 2012

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.


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