Hello and welcome to this month’s $10 on the 10th challenge, friends! Thank you to our host Tammy of Patina and Paint for coming up with this fun idea for this month’s theme ~ Christmas in July!
Today I am sharing my Reindeer designs that I used to make and sell to around our neighborhood in California, in front of grocery stores on weekends, and to many friends back in the late 1990’s/early 2000’s for a little extra holiday money…
The top photograph was sent to me this winter by my best friend Janet. She still has these two reindeer some 20 years later… A little faded but still cute!!!
Supplies you will need
- latex craft paints – brown for body, red for collar, white, black and tan (in ears, or use brown with white mixed to lighten).
- paint brushes (large for the body, smaller for face and legs and tail detail)
- wood glue
- silver and/or colored glitter (for jingle bells – glue on over silver paint)
- old fence board
- surveyor’s stake
- wood screws
- marine varnish – to protect your Reindeer from the weather
- Drill and drill bits – for pilot holes for screws
When I was making these Reindeer and other holiday signs, I began with a Grade 1 sheet of thick plywood.
Back then those sheets cost about $32 and I could make quite a few decorator signs out of each sheet. I used every piece of wood I had to decorate these Reindeer; Santa and Mrs. Claus, little ghosts and the pumpkins I made.
I made a lot of tea signs back then. They were all a lot of fun to make!
With the wood supply shortage this year, that same sheet of plywood could cost about $82 each… So, use old scraps you have lying around in the garage… 😉 Or buy the smaller plywood sheets sold in stand-up bins at the big box stores.
You can also use an old fence board and a surveyor’s stake to make a fun Christmas-y sign under your Reindeer and the surveyor’s stake will hold up both. These Reindeer are fun to stand out in the yard (or in a flower pot with a Christmas tree behind). The old fence boards were what I used with my tea signs, as you can see.
How to make a Rudy Reindeer
- Begin with drawing out a Reindeer shape on paper and transfer to plywood. Draw out the Reindeer’s harness, jingle bells and nose on scrap plywood.
- Cut out plywood pieces with a scroll saw, jig saw or hand saw.
- Sand each piece smooth along all edges. Wipe down with a damp towel, let dry.
- Using latex craft paint, paint each piece letting dry between layers of paint. Add eyes, a smile, hooves and a painted tail and fetlocks, if you like!
- Paint the harness, jingle bells and nose and let dry ~ drill pilot holes and screw onto the body with 3/4″ – 1″ screws.
- Sprinkle on glitter over glue on jingle bells, let dry. Use glitter wherever you’d like! Rudy noses look especially cute with red glitter!!!
- Drill holes in body and screw onto the surveyor’s stake.
- Paint a separate fence board (if you desire) with whatever fun saying you’d like to say for Christmas (or holiday). Example: “North Pole this way!” (with arrow pointing)
- Varnish your signs on all edges, front and back with non-yellowing marine varnish (used to be about $45/gallon; it goes a long way!)
Enjoy your Rudy Reindeer! And now let’s check out the other fun ideas my friends have for you for this Christmas in July…
Ann – The Apple Street Cottage
Barb – French Ethereal
Cindy – Cloches & Lavender
Patti – Pandora’s Box
Tammy – Patina & Paint
Terrie – Decorating & More With Tip
Happy Saturday, friends!