12 Days of DIY Ornaments- Day 9: Reindeer Ornament

December 9, 2015

On the 9th day of Christmas
The Global Chameleon Presents to you:
a Reindeer Ornament
a Salt Dough Ornament
a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Ornament
a Thumbprint Reindeer Ornament
Peanuts Ornament
a Kid-Friendly Glitter Ornament
a Scrapbook Ornament 

a Nightmare Before Christmas Ornament &
An Inside Out Ornament


12 Days of DIY Christmas Ornaments- Day 9: Reindeer Ornament

You know Dasher and Dancer And Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid And Donner and Blitzen. But do you recall. The most famous reindeer of all?  Now let me show you how to make him into an ornament!


  • Acrylic Paint (Black, Brown, White, Red)
  • Paint Brush
  • Craft Ornament
  • Paintbrush
  • Pipe Cleaner (Brown)

1. Start by taking the cap off of craft ornament and setting cap aside
2. Squirt a quarter size of brown paint into the ornament
3. Stick finger inside the opening of the ornament, and shake until the paint is covering the entire inside of the ornament
-Kid Friendly: Slowly rotate the ornament around until the paint is covering the inside of the ornament.  Squirt more paint as needed
4. Once the ornament is a solid brown color, dump it upside down in a cup or plate so that all of the excess paint can drip out of the ornament. I recommend using plastic shot glasses for this and letting them sit overnight.

5. After the inside of your ornament is a solid color, begin with white paint and paint the eyes.  I recommend two coats of paint- let dry a few minutes between coats.
6. While your final coat of white paint is drying, paint the red nose.  Again, at least 2 coats of red
7. Finally, outline the eyes with black, paint ovals for eyes, and add eyelashes.  Once dry, you can add a small white dot on each eye for more detail
image8. Once dry, take your pipe cleaner and loop it around the ornament (example below).  Then cut two 3 inch pipe cleaner pieces and twist them over the ends of your pipe cleaner to form antlers.

If you want to take it a step further, use a red craft pom pom for the nose or a red rhinestone or give it an even more festive feel by outlining the paint with glitter glue.  Share your photos below!

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