Better Budgeting: Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Jingle Bell Reindeer

Homemade Christmas Ornaments: Jingle Bell Reindeer

Submitted by Diane Black of Texas

Jingle Bell Reindeer Ornaments 1

"Jingle Bell Reindeer"

This ornament is so easy to make and looks lovely on the tree. It has an old fashioned, antique copper look to it.

Materials:

Brown paper grocery bag
white glue
paintbrush
tweezers
copper and dark aqua acrylic paint
small jingle bells (Wal-Mart)
1/8" red ribbon (Wal-Mart)
red string or crochet thread for hanging
candle

Directions:

This 3" reindeer is made from a brown paper bag.  The pattern is cut 3 times from the bag so the ornament has 3 layers.  Mix small amount of glue with a few drops of water in a dish.

Paint on glue mixture to adhere layers.  Do not let it dry.  Right away light candle in a holder.  Paint glue on top side of reindeer and pass glue side of the ornament through the flame holding it with tweezers to "burnish" the reindeer. There should be a blackish sooty look to it.  Turn reindeer over and paint the other side with glue.  Pass it through the flame.  Place reindeer on newspaper and immediately wipe each side with a Kleenex to shine it.  Let it dry and harden.

Put a small drop of copper paint on your fingertip and rub it over the reindeer lightly.  Do the same with the aqua paint in small areas.

Cut ribbon and tie around neck.  Glue tiny jingle bell to ribbon.  Poke a hole in between antlers with a needle for thread to hang on the tree.



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