Holiday DIY Projects

Arts / For the Home / December 15, 2016


Materials needed:

  • Black paint
  • Paint brushHER DIY
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glitter wrapping paper
  • Glue
  • Computer paper
  • Canvas

1. Select the size canvas for your project. The canvas size featured in DIY is 16-by-20 inches. It will also be used in a portrait design.

2. With a ruler and pencil, measure along the vertical sides of the canvas marking how thick you would like the strips to be. We chose every 2 inches to mark.

3. After marking each side, take the ruler and draw a line from the left side to the right side, forming a straight line. Once all markings are connected by a straight line, you are ready to start painting.

4. Using black paint and a paint brush, alternate painting in between the lines. This will give you thick stripes. Let dry. Note: painter’s tape laid along lines can assist in making sure lines are sharp, but be mindful of the adhesive on the canvas.

5. If you do not have a reindeer stencil, search online for “reindeer stencil,” find one you like, print it out and draw out your reindeer head. Depending on what size canvas you have selected, taping together the computer printouts and then drawing out your stencil may help create a reindeer head that will be proportion to your canvas.

6. When finished drawing stencil, cut it out and place it on the back side of the glitter wrapping paper. Do not stencil the reindeer on the glitter side. Cut out reindeer out of wrapping paper.

Note: If using a small canvas, a sheet of glitter construction paper or scrapbook paper can be used in place of glitter wrapping paper. However, glitter scrapbook paper will not form a proportionate size reindeer. Use glitter wrapping paper with large canvasses.

7. Once the paint on the canvas is dry, measure the reindeer cutout to the canvas to make sure reindeer will be centered before gluing down.

8. Apply glue to non-glitter side of reindeer and place on canvas. Smooth out and let dry.
Supplies from Michael’s and Hobby Lobby.


Materials needed:

  • Wine bottles
  • Water
  • Baking soda
  • Red spray paint
  • Glue and/or hot glueHER DIY
  • Twine
  • Black glitter or velvet ribbon
  • Clear jewels
  • Paint brush

1. Remove wine bottle labels by soaking bottles in a mixture of 5-10 tablespoons of baking soda and water for about 30 minutes. Wipe off labels with a rag, and dry bottles thoroughly.

2. Spray paint bottles with red spray paint and let dry. Make sure to spray the bottles’ openings.
3. Using glue and a paint brush, paint glue onto bottle at the top where you will start to wrap twine. Repeat step 3 on base of bottle.
4. Wrap black ribbon around middle section of bottle once and secure with glue.

5. On the opposite side the ribbon is secured on, take five jewels and space them out along the length of the bottle forming a line. This will make your buttons.

6. To form the buckle, form a box around middle jewel that is placed within the black ribbon. The jewels on the top and bottom of buckle can be placed on the outer edge of the ribbon.

Supplies from Michael’s.

Photos by Mara Kuhn

Colbie McCloud

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