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I’m so excited to share this project today!  It was by far my favorite project in the room! Lots of fabulous Nate Show viewers have contacted us over the last week asking when this tutorial was coming… well, the wait is over, here is is!

DIY Reindeer Artwork

First off, I want to give a shout out to a few bloggers that inspired this project.  During a Nate Show Challenge we can’t be browsing Pinterest or anything, but we do rely on remembering some cool ideas we’ve seen in the past and are ready to try.  Check out Amber’s project that she hand painted or this cool canvas on sale on Etsy for more inspiration.

Ok, now get ready, because this project is so simple that you might miss it if you blink! I didn’t take any process pictures, and I really wanted to steal the artwork from Jess, so I made a new one for myself last night!

Start with a plain canvas.  For Jess’ I used an 11×17 and for mine I accidently bought 18×24.  During the show, I quickly looked on Google images for a reindeer that I liked and found this picture.

I printed out the picture as an 8×11 and took it to Staples to blow it up for me.  It cost all of $1.04! Score!
Have I mentioned that I seriously can’t cut well with scissors?  I actually had a “Needs Improvement” on my elementary report card for cutting…I still Need Improvement! So… instead, I cut it out using my handy, dandy, Xacto knife.
I used spray adhesive and spray paint.
First, flip your reindeer over and spray a thin layer of spray adhesive.

Position it onto your canvas and then pose for a cheesy picture.  Okay, the posing is optional, but will make your hubs really happy, especially if you ask him to do it at 10:30pm!

Did I mention it was getting late?  Perhaps all the fumes went to my head! Ugh!
After making sure that the template is pretty well sealed down, all you need to do is make a creepy face and spray!

Try to spray from directly above the artwork. Less paint will sneak through under the template.  A little bleeding is okay and gives it a pretty cool look though.

I wanted to get the template off right away, so simply peel off to reveal your masterpiece!

Ta-Da! I’m totally in love!

Because I’m a blog slacker, my new artwork is still drying and not ready to be hung on the wall.  I’ll put some pictures on Facebook later.  🙂  Darn my procrastination!

So there you have it.  Insanely simple artwork that makes a BIG impact!

We know lots of you plan to try this project.  When you do, be sure to tag RHBC on Facebook so we can see your handiwork! 

P.S. Confession Time: I may or may not have gotten totally sucked into my guilty pleasure (Gossip Girl) while writing this post.  Feel free to email if you have any other questions.  Bad blogger watching embarrassing shows!
P.S.S. How much do you love this awesome project I just found?  Check out her blog and give her some RHBC love!

The comments +

  1. aimee says:

    what a fab idea, great tutorial xxx

  2. Vanessa says:

    Super cute!


  3. Awesome project! Doesn’t everyone blog and watch bad tv? 🙂

  4. A- love this project!
    B- I totally had a “needs improvement” on my scissor work too, lol
    C- I also love gossip girl, which reminds me I need to watch last night’s episode today!

  5. Emily says:

    Thank you so much for this great Christmas craft idea. I saw a brief glimpse on the Nate Show and you read my mind (and I am sure many others with this post. My friends and family will sure appreciate it. My one change is that I am going to cut the design out of contact paper since I have lots of extra, and I would have to buy spray adhesive. Thanks!

  6. melanie says:

    Looks great! How can I watch your past episodes on the Nate Berkus show? I tried finding it online when the first show aired with no success. If you like the crafty teacher ladys reindeer art you should see Mandi @Vintage Revivals entryway reveal today! Enjoy all the fun with the show and Merry Christmas! Oo

  7. Denise says:

    I love this! I am trying to google a reindeer image and am not finding one anywhere near what yours looks like. Do you still have the image and can you share it?

  8. Yankeerose says:

    Love this!!! I am thinking of doing this with Santa or Snowman. I love decorating with Snowmen because I can leave it up all winter. How big did you have the reindeer enlarged? 11×14 too? Fantastic!!!

  9. Alicia says:

    Love this. What did you adhere the picture down with?

  10. Bonnie says:

    WHOO HOO – so glad I found this – I just love it. I have been looking high and
    low for it since I saw it on The Nate Show. We have a homemade gift exchange
    at one of our family gatherings and this will be mine!!! Can’t wait.
    So glad to also have found you on the Living Well Network!

    • Monica says:

      Hi Bonnie,

      We’re so glad you found this DIY for your gift exchange, sounds like fun. Thank you for stopping by our blog and watching the show! 🙂

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