DIY: Cheap Glittered Reindeer

December 8, 2009

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I love glittered reindeer, but at $17 dollars each, they fall into the category of Christmas decorations I somehow never get around to actually buying. Thanks to a genius tip from my neighbor Stephanie,  I bought two toy reindeer at Michaels ($4) and with some Aleen’s Tacky Glue ($1.59) + a small sponge brush (.59 cents) + some Martha Stewart silver glitter ($5) + some dried moss, I created a mini winter wonderland in under 10 minutes.  The display case is vintage and a total ebay folly  — I got into a bidding war last year and spent much more than I had planned ($70 bucks!). I’m glad to finally have found a use for it. Anyway, I use the search term “antique glass front box” and you can find similar ones here. I particularly like this one (currently $62).

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joanna goddard December 8, 2009 at 2:12 pm

oh my goodness, fantastic! can’t wait to see these in person!!!

Elizabeth December 8, 2009 at 4:01 pm

This is such an inspired idea! I’m off to buy some small plastic animals and glitter on ebay!

(PS – $75 dollars is bargain if you ask me – love the little cabinet)

Jane Flanagan December 8, 2009 at 4:38 pm

Amazing! I love this.

Jules December 8, 2009 at 5:40 pm

I LOVE this! Great job.

stephanie December 8, 2009 at 6:14 pm

They came out really great – welcome to the world of glitter!

Vivi December 10, 2009 at 2:00 pm

LOVE this idea! I’m totally saving it for next year!

valerie December 10, 2009 at 4:17 pm

ah i loooooove your mirror! i’ve been looking for one just like it but i can’t find one anywhere :(

Michelle December 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm

what a great idea

abby December 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm

Very cute!! I love them!

The Lil Bee December 11, 2009 at 3:24 pm

You are so crafty! That is darling…I can’t wait to see it in person!! xx

Susan December 11, 2009 at 6:11 pm

I couldn’t find the reindeer at Michael’s I am poised with glitter, glue, moss and a cute tray. What section was it in? Love the idea!

Abbey December 11, 2009 at 6:25 pm

hi! in the Micheals in nyc, they are hanging on the end of an aisle…just ask for the toy animals .. they have tons of different ones! good luck!

Martha B. December 11, 2009 at 8:24 pm

Abbey- You are too clever! I love these. :)

{tig} December 11, 2009 at 8:42 pm

how perfectly fun! adore these + the entire display — so crafty!

pixie December 11, 2009 at 8:56 pm

THIS is why I stalk design blogs! Because I’d NEVER think to do that myself…I’d just sit here pining away for expensive glittered deer.

ana patricia December 11, 2009 at 11:51 pm

What a GREAT idea!!! I want to go to Michaels now!

Christa December 12, 2009 at 3:53 pm

this is the most perfect gift for my niece whose only request to santa was a glittery ball she saw at old navy :) she would totally dig these reindeer!

Colleen December 13, 2009 at 12:03 pm

This is great. I love the big silver reindeer at Pottery Barn but they’re ridiculously overpriced.

May December 14, 2009 at 3:00 am

Anything glittery is simply fun! Your blog is full of creativity, great finds, and inspiration. I’m so glad to have discovered it. Thank you!
Feel free to check out mine, if you’d like.
wwww.mayperia.com/blog

HopelessChest December 19, 2009 at 11:24 am

So cute!! I never would have thought to display them like that.

Looks great.

Emily December 22, 2009 at 8:59 pm

I love this and just completed it – super easy! However, I did confirm that glitter is, in fact, the herpes of craft supplies. Any tips on managing it so it doesn’t get everywhere? And what about the excess that you get off the animal after it is done…is there any way to seal it all in?

Thanks for the great idea!

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