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DIY Children’s Reindeer Name Sign

DIY Art has come a Long Way

I have a real fondness for DIY artwork, I think it comes from the many years I rented my home.  I could freshen up a room and cover the oh so beige walls. DIY art has come a long way from the days when we taped posters to the walls, hung carpets up (ugly lol) or stretched material around frames.  Almost anything was better than that basic beige.

I have several DIY artwork posts I will be sharing this Christmas.  This one if for my grand daughter’s guest room.  The girls are getting too close to the age of questioning Santa.  I decided to encourage them to believe just a little bit longer by celebrating Santa and Rudolph in their room.

I have seen various reindeer signs online including this one from the LisaMarie Blog.  I love it, but its a bit too mature for my needs.

This version is in cheerful bright children’s Christmas red, with glittery reindeer.  Although the reindeer outlines are not absolutely perfect I wanted them to sparkle with glitter.  This sign turned out exactly like I hoped it would.

Here how I made my version:

Stencil the Reindeer Names

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freezer paper

paint – red, dark grey, and white

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red glitter

two- 1″by 2″ pieces of lumber.


Paint the entire canvas surface white and and let dry.  Then create your stencils.

Using a Silhouette

I purchased and modified a silhouette template to create and cut  one solid long template   I explain the process more in this earlier post –   diy sign post.

Without Using a Silhouette

To create this without owning a Silhouette cutter, Design each name in a font you like onto a  8 by 11 inch piece of paper.  You can use either card stock, or regular paper and a and scissors.  Make sure your letters are thick enough, pretty thin fine script fonts can be very tedious and difficult to cut out by hand.

Secure the template (s) to the canvas with painters tape.  Using a small sponge and a tiny little bit of paint start dabbing on the paint.  Make sure that the sponge is almost free of paint before you start dabbing the paint to the canvas.   This helps reduce the likelihood of bleeding. Keep dabbing until the paint is as dark as you want.

Let everything dry thoroughly,  remove the template.  Tidy up any bleeding that occurred with white paint and a fine paintbrush.

Once painted let it dry.

Create the Reindeer

Make two stencils by either method and place them where you like.    You can purchase a reindeer template through silhouette, or find a free one through www.pixabay.com where I found this one.

Create the templates and attach to the sign where you like.  Paint the reindeer red and immediately cover them with lots of glitter.  Let dry overnight.

Pour the glitter off of your painting onto a newspaper or paper towel.  Place the excess glitter back into its container.

To get the edges crisp, wet Q-tips with water and brush away any glitter that remains. (Mine had quite a bit clinging to the canvas by static, it came off very easily.)


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Make the Frame

Measure your canvas,  ours was 15″ by 30″ .

Cut the long sides (30″), place along the canvas.  Measure the top (Ours was 16 1/2 inches).  Doing it this way leaves you the overhang necessary to account for the thickness of the side frame.

Sand the frame thoroughly then apply primer and two coats of red paint.

Christmas, Reindeer, Art, Crafts, DIY, FrameOnce dry nail the long side pieces to the frame.    Attach the top and bottom portions o the frame to the canvas making sure the ends are square.



I wish I had made something like this when my boys were little,  not sure how long the girls will love it, but if I convince them to believe in Rudolph one more year it was worth the effort.

Its cliche but what the heck  ….

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas






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  1. Adorable! Thanks for sharing at the Monday Funday Party. – Emily

  2. So delightful! I purchased a Brother Cut n Scan last Christmas with my Christmas money and have yet to use it. So this year I bought one for my son’s girlfriend so she will be able to teach me :). Hoping to have some great projects to share like you~

  3. Jann Olson says:

    Hi Leanna, just hopping back to let you know that you will be one of this weeks features at Share Your Cup.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      That’s just great Jann. I can’t wait to see your post. Receiving a feature is so uplifting. Thank you for featuring my garland.

  4. Love this, its lovely and fun! Thank you for sharing with us at the To Grandma’s house we go link party! Hope to see you tomorrow when the next party starts!

  5. LeannaForsythe says:

    Hi Jann:: I sure hope that it does. I wish they could stay this age for a couple extra years. They grow up so fast. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  6. Jann Olson says:

    This is so cute! I hope it makes the little ones believe a bit longer, it sure does me!! 🙂 Thanks for sharing it with SYC.

  7. Such a pretty and festive sign. Love the reindeer. Thanks you for sharing your creativity at DI&DI.

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Linda: I like artwork for the holidays I was not able to find one like this I liked, so I made my own. This week I have to try and make one or two more pieces of artwork. Thank you for posting. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      I first saw this sign on the LizMarie blog, loved it and wanted one to inspire my grand daughters. I like how it turned out. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  8. Adorable!! I am now following you where ever I can. I also added your blog to my blog roll on my regular blog…
    Thanks for visiting again!!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Debbie: Thank you very much for the follows. Your house looks like a Christmas wonderland. You could give house tours. Thank you for commenting. Leanna

  9. Love your sign Leanna. The red and the glitter letters making such a cute, festive combination. I’m sure the girls will love it for a long time and they’ll never forget all the reindeer names, which something I’ve never been able to do 😉

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Michelle:

      I am really hoping they keep up with the Santa idea this year. Do they have the Santa reindeer where you are? Or is there a different custom?

  10. This is so cute and fun Leanne! I am sure my girls would love this in their rooms! Why didn’t I think of this before?? Love the fonts you used and how cheerful it looks! Beautiful!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Thanks Katrin. How old are you little girls? For a very long time my Christmas decor was more calm and bling then fun. I love the Rudolph story, especially the clay animation tv show. Thanks for the feedback. Appreciate it. Leanna

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Melissa. Thank you, this is the first of a few diy Christmas art signs I am hoping to get completed in time for the holidays. Excuse the pun, but the extra bling on this really gave it some sparkle.

      Thank you very much for the pin and share. If you decide to make one I will answer any questions you may have. Leanna

  11. My favorite color is red, especially during the holidays, and I think your sign is perfect for believers and non-believers alike. I’d hang this in my home for sure!

    1. LeannaForsythe says:

      Hi Marie: I gave it some bling. I am new to red, preferring the joyous calm of all white. I am finding the red really fun to work with, especially in the girls room.

      I really love the red table you created. Thanks for you input, very nice to hear. Leanna

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