The amount of time I spend on Pinterest is pretty insane. I love it. So, you can only imagine my excitement when I saw a DIY glitter reindeer that looked easy to do. Hell yes!
Sigh. This is not how it was supposed to end up. It was supposed to look awesome, and glittered and perfect. But, I ended up with a half glittered reindeer and this wasn’t my first try. The first try was terrible and totally didn’t deserve a picture. If you are interested in attempting this time consuming project, here’s how I tried it.
You will need:
- Elmers glue
- Canvas – mine was 16×20
- Template – I freehanded mine. I Googled reindeer templates and just freehanded it to make it big enough
- Small sponge or paint brush
Paint your canvas. I painted mine white and didn’t take a picture of it. I hope you all know what a white painted blank canvas looks like.
Trace your template onto your dried white canvas. This was pretty time consuming since the antlers were pretty small, but it worked out. Trace it lightly if you can.
After you traced the template comes the hard part. This is where I would have worked in sections. Cut your reindeer in thirds and work quickly with the glue. It will be easier than trying to glue and glitter the whole thing. Stupid me didn’t do that and I wish I had. Sigh.
Work the glue slowly around the edges of your reindeer. Use the paint brush to smooth out the edges and get into all the small crevices. In the larger dead space, you could use a glue stick if you have one. I didn’t do that either – and I sort of wish that I had been smarter about my canvas.
After you glue one section, glitter it immediately. Let it sit for atleast an hour and then discard the excess glitter. Repeat this step as you go along. You can use a toothpick for sections that might need a little extra attention with glitter.
Once you are done, you will have a finished gorgeous glitter reindeer. Mine isn’t gorgeous, but it’s not terrible. I could save it if I wanted to – and I might. But right now, I am happy with my Pinterest fail and will hang it with pride for now.
Have you ever had a huge Pinterest fail before?