Am I the only one who can not believe it is December 1st tomorrow? Seriously, this month went by ridiculously fast!
Anyway, I am so excited to show you a makeover I did using a paper mache reindeer from Michaels. I am sure many of you have seen these reindeer.
Michaels Paper Mache Reindeer (23 inches tall) – Before
The gold look of the reindeer is not bad. However, I had been searching all over the place for a large snow-covered reindeer and could not find one. I am sure if I did, it would be very expensive.?? I soon realized I could make my own snow-covered reindeer, using the Michaels gold one.
At first I thought it would be super easy to just Glitter Blast the reindeer using the diamond dust color. I spray painted the reindeer white (as my base color) and then applied the Glitter Blast. I was disappointed. I used a whole can and it did not cover as much as I had hoped. The reindeer was not looking like what I had envisioned.
I then tried Epsom salt. I used spray adhesive (big mistake) and poured Epsom salt over the reindeer. It looked better, but it did not have the snow depth and twinkle I was looking for. The Epsom salt looked great on the snowballs, but I think for something this large I needed some more twinkle. Besides, I was a sticky Epsom salt mess! I totally forgot about the overspray of the glue. Duh!
I guess enough brain cells were killed (via Glitter Blast and spray adhesive) that I finally had an epiphany. I used the below items (along with a glue gun) to achieve the look I was going for.
Supplies – Third and Final Attempt
It was H’s idea to use a cement mixing tray to apply the modge podge and glitter. I soon sparkled like a Twilight vampire. My arms and hands were covered in glitter. H was not amused.
Cement Mixing Tray
Here is what my little reindeer looks like now.
Reindeer – After
Yay! I am so happy with the results! What do you think? Here is a side by side.
Reindeer – Before and After
Yes, I have another reindeer to glitter. Here is a breakdown of the process:
- Prime or spray paint reindeer white. White primer works best. I ran out of it and used white spray paint.
- Brush (I used a foam tip) on modge podge in sections and apply glitter.
- Once the reindeer was dry, I gently shook and tapped the reindeer to get rid of any excess glitter.
- I used a glue gun to apply the red ribbon (collar) and did a criss-cross on the back.
- I applied the silver bells using a glue gun.
It is easy, but a little messy.
Here is the reindeer in all its glory.
Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and may all your projects go as planned.