Christmas DIY – Golden reindeer

I try to make every year the Christmas cards by myself, but I have been little lost this year. I have not find so many ideas I actually like and would be exited to do. I even thought this is the first year in long time I would have to go and buy the cards. I wanted something easy to do and nice looking, how hard can that be?

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Luckily I saw this picture in Pinterest and ended up in Daisy Dreaming blog. The original idea behind that picture was to create a Christmas wall art with golden glitter in a shape of a reindeer silhouette. My hubby was not so exited about the glitter but I wanted to use the idea for our cards so I ended up doing something similar but in a little less glittery way. I made cards with golden and silver reindeer silhouettes in three different backgrounds (black, gray and dark red) and typed the text by using Dymo machine. But as i liked the final “product” a lot I also made one wall art for us and wanted to shear the process with you. So here is a tutorial for golden reindeer silhouette art.  

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I had everything I needed already in home as I have been using gold and silver leaf sheets in other grafts also, but you can find it from several graft shops and from internet. It is not too expensive and you do not need a lot. So what you need is:

  • Your favorite reindeer silhouette printed from internet
  • Gold and/or silver leaf sheets
  • Leafing size (special glue for the sheets)
  • Brushes (for glue and the leafs)
  • Card for background
  • Dish for the glue

The process it self is actually very simple but takes little time as the glue has to dry before you can add the leafs. So you start by choosing one reindeer silhouette from internet and you print that and cut it. Do not choose one that has too many small details, it will not be easy to do it. Once you have the cut out silhouette you should draw it to the background paper. After that you start “painting” the picture with the glue and leave it to dry for some time. Remember to add the glue top of the lines you draw so they will be covered in the end. And then the fun part starts.

The leafs are super thin and stick easily when you touch it with the brush. Take small parts and add top of the glued parts with the brush. I made it in two parts but you can easily also first glue all the picture and then add the leafs. I just like to do it in two parts so I don`t have to be afraid that the glue will dry too much.

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Use the brush to add the leafs but also brush the small leaf pieces always after adding them so that the texture will become more “broken” and the leafs will stick evenly. Especially brush the edged as the leaf will not stay in the parts where you did not add clue and you will see the silhouette. When you are done just wipe with clean brush the dust away and leave to dry.

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I like a lot how it ended up, and I hope some of you can find the inspiration from this to a small Christmas arts (or also cards) DIY project. Simple and nice looking isn’t it?  If you end up using this idea please do not hesitate to tag me in your version (Instagram @laurat0n), I would love to see how it ended up.



// Jouluinen DIY projekti – kultainen lehtikulta silhuetti.



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