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DIY in a BOX: Reindeer Ornament

Posted by Kristina Lough on

Thank you so much for bringing our Reindeer DIY in a BOX kit into your home!  (Don't have your kit yet?? Click HERE to order.) 

We're super excited about our new Collection, & to be crafting with everybody this fall/holiday season.  Don't forget to join our Private DIY in a BOX Group on Facebook (click HERE to request access) & tag @paintedbytheshore with all your DIY photos on Instagram!

We suggest reading this full post before beginning (including the section about mistakes & tips/tricks at the bottom):

This reindeer ornament is a really fun one to paint (a personal favorite!). To start attach the twine & hold the ornament up.  Because we're working with a natural element your ornament may hang slightly off, & doing this will allow you to draw the Reindeer on evenly for when it hangs on your tree/wall.  Here's the sketch:

Following that, fill in the triangle with brown paint and then at each top corner add a small football shape for the ears. You'll want to start smaller with this, & add until you get the size that you'd like.

Next are the antlers.  One thing I find that helps with this step is to start at the end and work your way in so the paint doesn't feather out by going outward.

Lastly are the eyes/nose and for these I use the back of the paint brush dipped in white or red. With the black in the eye you need to wait until the white is completely dry before adding, to prevent blending.


Mistakes: If you make a mistake on the wood, let it dry & go over.  It's easier to give it a few minutes then go over the paint while wet which leads to mixing.  If there is a raised bit of paint on your piece dot it with a towel while it's wet so when you do a coat over it it'll lay flat.

Tips & Tricks: If you notice the edges of your strokes feathering out, take your brush & go the opposite way to get a clean edge. When you need a fine point on your brush, it helps to push down slightly on a paper plate while spinning & then go back to painting.

Final note: We're here for any & all questions!  Email or post in our DIY in a BOX Facebook Group. - Kristina

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