Handmade Crafts for Kids !

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By: Meggan
Upcycle a plain ruler and turn into a reindeer! Use various types of paints to create a smiling face that kids will love to display during the holiday season. Don’t forget to create a red nose using a wood button plug!

Handmade Crafts for Kids !
Handmade Crafts for Kids !

 

Materials:

 Wooden ruler(s)
 1/2″ wood button plug,
 Two cacti wood cutouts
 Sanding block
 Acrylic paint: chocolate brown, white, black, red
 Spray paint: textured brown
 Plaid Extreme Glitter: Red
 Stylus for dotting eyes
 Appropriate-sized paintbrushes (1″ wash or sponge roller for rulers, 1/2″wash for noses, liner brush for mouths)
 Glue gun and glue sticks

 8″ length of ribbon for scarf

Instructions:
1.) Base coat the rulers with two coats of chocolate brown acrylic paint.

 

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2.) I like to use a sponge roller to apply the base coat when I’m painting multiples. It makes the job go much smoother and quicker.

 

Handmade Crafts for Kids !
Handmade Crafts for Kids !

 

Handmade Crafts for Kids !
Handmade Crafts for Kids !

3.) I thought it would be fun to give the antlers a little texture – so I sprayed them with Rustoleum textured spray paint.

 

Handmade Crafts for Kids !
Handmade Crafts for Kids !

 

4.) Paint the button plugs red, and add a thick coat of Extreme Glitter.

 

Handmade Crafts for Kids !
Handmade Crafts for Kids !

 

5.) Since the brown base coat is so dark, I needed the eyes to “pop” – so I used a paintbrush handle to dot the eyes with white.

 

Handmade Crafts for Kids !
Handmade Crafts for Kids !

 

6.) Once the larger white dots have dried completely, use a stylus to dot the centers of the eyes with black.

7.) Use the glue gun to attach the nose and the cacti for the antlers; then use the liner brush and apply the mouth with thinned white paint.

8.) To finish, tie the ribbon around the reindeer’s neck.