DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

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.

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

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.

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

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.

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

Cement Mixing Tray

Here is what my little reindeer looks like now.

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

Reindeer – After

Yay! I am so happy with the results! What do you think? Here is a side by side.

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

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.

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and may all your projects go as planned.

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

DIY Paper mache snow reindeer Christmas decor

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