Thursday, December 19, 2013

DIY Rudolph Silhouette with Marlene of Jade and Fern!

Hi guys! Today, the lovely Marlene of Jade and Fern is back to share an amazing holiday DIY! Marlene's DIY projects totally blow me away, so I was tickled that she wanted to do another guest post. I hope you enjoy her awesome tutorial, and be sure to stop by Jade and Fern for more DIY goodness!
Thank you, Becca, for having me back on your fabulous blog! 

Ever since the deer/antler silhouette trend exploded, I’ve wanted to make a “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” version. Mostly because I need more excuses to use glitter. And aren’t the holidays the perfect time to add some sparkly glitter to our nests? 

Bonus: I’ll show you how to make a stencil out of contact paper, which you can apply to any painting project! Here we go:
  • a piece of plywood, size is up to you (mine came from the hobby section of the craft store, in a 12”x12” square)
  • contact paper
  • red paint and red glitter
  • a second paint in the color of your choice
  • clear acrylic glaze (such as Mod Podge)
  • brushes
  • scissors
  • pencil

Find a reindeer silhouette image that you like, print it on regular computer paper, and cut it out. I ran a Google image search on “deer silhouette” to find the one I used.

Trace the silhouette onto the back of the contact paper. You are creating a stencil, so trace the image flipped opposite of how you want it to look. Since I wanted my reindeer facing to the right, I traced the cut-out facing left

With a pencil, give Rudolph a nose job to emphasize that glowing schnoz. If you are anxious about free-handing a circle (I was!), you can trace a round object, like a toothpaste tube cap.

Cut out the reindeer and apply the contact paper to the plywood. The easiest way to do this is to start with the widest part—the neck—and work your way up bit by bit. Smooth the contact paper down and press down the edges firmly. Press the edges down again. And again. Seriously, do not skimp on this step! The contact paper is acting like painters tape, so you need to create a good seal to get clean lines.

Now paint all the exposed plywood. I used minty green craft paint to tie in to the rest of my holiday décor. You’ll probably need several coats to get smooth coverage.

When the last coat of paint has dried, gently peel off the contact paper. 
Paint that nose red and allow to dry.

Finally, mix red glitter with clear glaze and paint the glitter over the red nose. And that’s it!
I hope you enjoyed this little DIY project! Are you ready for the holidays? (Because, they’re next week—yikes!).


  1. Thank you so much for having me back on Ladyface Blog!! xoxo! - Marlene

    1. Of course! Thank you for posting! You're welcome back any time!

  2. So cute! This looks like something that should be sold in stores. <3<3


  3. Wow, this really looks amazing! What a lovely DIY!

    Sofie x
    Little green Sofie

  4. this is such a freakin' awesome idea! wow!

  5. Un trabajo precioso.
    Bss. y felices Fiestas.

  6. Gah that is SO cute!! I wish we still had another 3 weeks til christmas so i can have enough time to make all this wonderful stuff, haha!

    xo Marlen
    Messages on a Napkin

    1. Man, me too! There's never enough time!

  7. Aww, thanks for all the lovely comments everyone!! xoxo - Marlene @ Jade and Fern

    1. Definitely a total hit! Thanks again for sharing!

  8. I love this! What a great idea :)

    Tiffany Ima
    Style Honestly

    1. I'm so glad you like it! Marlene is super talented!

  9. love this DIY - super cute and seems easy :)

  10. oh why oh why did I have to find this DIY after Christmas? Think I might just have to make one without the red nose to make it less christmassy. You have lovely blog :)

    1. Oh no! It would definitely be fun to try to make this for just some standard decor!


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