I gathered a few junky stuff from my hoard and turned a paddle ball racket into a Reindeer Christmas Wreath. You could call him Rudolph because he has a red nose. I used Mod Podge Extreme Glitter to make the wreath all sparkly.
Isn’t he just the cutest? Rudolph was fun to put together. The eyes are wood furniture knobs, and the nose is a finial. I save everything! You just never know when parts and pieces will come in handy.
How To Make A Reindeer Christmas Wreath
The horns are made of decorative paper modpodged onto cardboard. Can you tell what I used for the wreath frame?
All the parts for the wreath were in my junk stash except for the roll of plaid paper. It came from the $1 bin at Michael's. I bought the paper a few months ago with no particular project in mind. The colors and design were calling my name.
I used FolkArt Acrylic Paints and FolkArt Brushes for this project. I use colors to match the wrapping paper.
I painted the wood knobs with FolkArt Acrylic paint, color Wicker White. The eyeball color is Pure Black.
Rudolph’s nose is Imperial Red. The color dries to a deep rich red.
Next comes the sparkly part. Did you know Mod Podge comes in an Extreme Glitter formula? Right up my alley.
I applied one heavy coat of Extreme Glitter Mod Podge to Rudolph’s nose.
I made a template for the horns and cut two horns from cardboard. Next time, I’ll do things a little differently. I should have Mod Podged the plaid paper to the cardboard and then cut out the horns.
Instead, I cut the horns out and adhered the paper to the cardboard using Matte Mod Podge….then trimmed the paper around the horns. In other words, I did the job the hard way.
The JTS (aka Junktion Technical Specialist, aka hubby) cut the handle off of the paddle ball racket for me. He's sooooo handy.
The grapevine wreath was wrapped really tightly. I cut the outer vine holding the wreath together then pulled and stretched on the vines until they fit the shape of the racket. I used wire to attach the grapevine to the racket. After the painted and Mod Podged parts were dry, I hot glued them in place.
He’s so darn cute. I’ll move Rudolph to the mantel when I start decorating for the holidays.
Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer Christmas Wreath
Check out my Nutcracker Soldier made from Vintage Wallpaper here.
See the repurposed Gumball Machine here....Gumball Winter Snow Scene
What do you think of Rudolph? I can’t wait for Sofi to see him. Kids are so much fun, especially during the holidays.
Author: Kathy Owen
Kathy Owen is the founder of the home decor blog Petticoat Junktion where she shares tutorials on painting furniture and upcycling thrifty finds into unique home décor. Her DIY projects have been featured on the Home Depot Blog, Plaid Crafts, Behr Designer Series, and in numerous magazines. Kathy’s newest website is HappyHomeDIY.com