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!
1/2″ wood button plug,
Two cacti wood cutouts
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
1.) Base coat the rulers with two coats of chocolate brown acrylic paint.
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.
3.) I thought it would be fun to give the antlers a little texture – so I sprayed them with Rustoleum textured spray paint.
4.) Paint the button plugs red, and add a thick coat of Extreme Glitter.
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.
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.