November 21, 2011

Reindeer Names Sign

Happy Monday everyone!!
Well it should be for some...because hopefully you'll be having short weeks :)

We get out Tuesday for Thanksgiving break and that means Monday isn't looking so bad right now!!

Plus I'm so happy to be back sharing a fun Christmas project with you guys!!
Last week was amazing with all the fabulous guests we had!
(and giveaways are still open until Wednesday so hurry and get those entries in!! Check out the sidebar.)

I know it's really supposed to be Turkey week but I'm dying to share Christmas projects and if I don't start now, I'll run out of time before it actually gets here :)

So anywho...
I've decided in the past couple years that I adore reindeer.
I always gravitate towards reindeer decor for Christmas and last year I picked up several way cute deer to add to my stash during after-christmas sales (those are the best!)

So I decided to just run with that and make a fun reindeer names sign- plus it makes little man want to sing Rudolph which makes me smile :)

I started with a plain white scrap piece of wood I had.
(imagine it white here...I forgot to take a before bad!)

And I painted it Rustoleum's enamel red.
I adore this stuff, not only because it's the prettiest red but because it is the SHINIEST stuff ever.
Perfect for a rudolph inspired project, huh?

I thought forever about how to do the letters.
I didn't really want to go the cricut route.
And I've gotten tired of printing them and cutting them out.
So I decided to try this really cool technique I picked up somewhere in the blogworld.

It involves this stuff...

Yup, just regular old wax paper...

And the letters are made with this awesome paint.
It's just regular white 3-D paint with the tip on the end.
Perfect for writing with and gives a pretty, pearl-y sheen.

I was a little nervous about trying this out but it worked like a charm.
Notice I only printed one name to begin with because I was that sure it would epically fail on me.

So Dasher was the guinea pig.

You take the printed name, slip it under the wax paper and then just write nice and slow with the paint.

The paint has a tendancy to bubble out sometimes but you can usually go back and fix it.
Or just do another letter over again.
I did that several times to get the letters looking the way I wanted.

I was so excited that it worked that I may have done a little happy dance :)

And then quickly printed out the rest of the names...

After I finished writing all the names, I carefully lifted the wax paper and slid it onto my dining room table to dry.
This is the part where homework took over my life and I ended up leaving them there for two or three days.
So they had a lot of time to dry...
but in all reality, they should be ready after 24 hours or so.

Once they were all dry, you can move them around without worrying about them cracking or smearing.
These things are tough.

I carefully peeled them off the wax paper and arranged them onto my board I had painted for them.

I was all ready to have to carefully hot glue them down but when I set them on the board, they stuck fabulously.
I pushed them down a bit more and they've completely stayed just like that.
And the sign has been moved and shuffled quite a bit now and they're still sticking good.

Call it luck or that super shiny spraypaint, but if yours don't mysteriously just stick to your wood, then a dot of glue should hold it fine :)

I scuffed my sign up a bit around the edges to bring out the original white.
And she's ready to go :)

I love the 3-d effect of the letters and the pearly color is perfect for the reindeer names!

I also glazed the sign before I put the letters on to mute the red just a bit and add a little more depth.
So pretty.

I'm thinking the reindeer will be making an appearance all over our house this Christmas :)

I'm trying to hold off on bringing out the Christmas boxes until after Thanksgiving but it's been so hard this year!
Little man asked me if we were going to decorate our tree today and I really wanted to say yes.
But we're holding off just a bit longer...

Plus I want lots of time to get things out and enjoy it,
instead of having to rush and get it done after classes one day :)

But I'm loving this new addition to our decor this year!!

And you know you want the reindeer to make an appearance at your home too!!

What's your favorite christmas decor?

I hope you guys have a fantastic start to your week!!
I have lots more to show you so keep checking back :)

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  1. Kelsey, your Reindeer Names Sign is so festive and colorful. It looks great and seems so simple. Great job and thank you for using Rust-Oleum to complete your project.

  2. This is such a cute idea! I would love for you to join my "Great Pinterest Finds" linky party and add your Reindeer Names Sign...

    Or stop by my blog, fb or Pinterest and say "Hi"...

    "Happy Thanksgiving" :-)

  3. I love it! Visiting from Kurtz Korner. I like that you distressed the edges a bit. Thanks for the great idea... I may have to try this! On another note, the Rustoleum red is just what I've been looking for to paint a metal daybed frame - it's for my mom's guest room and she wants it a shiny red... this would be perfect!!

  4. Love this! What size was the board you used?

  5. Deanna-

    I'm glad you like it- it was fun to do :) My board was an odd size since it was an old shelf board but it measured at 17 1/2 x 11 1/2.

  6. It's so cute!!! I do love the bright shiny red, very Christmas spirit.

    I love how you did it without the Cricut too. I've been over dependent on mine and can't imagine doing anything having to do with letters - without it hah!

    Well done! Pamela @
    Came from HomeStories T&T Party

  7. shame on you for not using your cricut!!! some of us would K I L L for one.... just joking :)

  8. Your sign is so cool!! I haven't seen this technique before...can't wait to give it a try! Thanks so much for stopping by and sharing your beautiful creation at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  9. Super cute! I wondered how the wax paper letters worked. Thanks for the inspiration.

  10. cute! I've actually never come across that trick - That's really neat!

  11. Loving that reindeer sign! I've seen this technique but not tried it yet. It's now officially on my to do list after seeing your post. Thanks for sharing and Southern Lovely :)

  12. What a wonderful Christmas decoration! And I really like your letter making technique. I'm going to have to give it a shot!

  13. What a wonderful Christmas decoration! And I really like your letter making technique. I'm going to have to give it a shot!

  14. Saw this on Design Dazzle & it caught my eyes - I love the look of this - you have more patience than me - well done.

    Linda x

  15. Oh I am adding that to my to do list for sure!!!!!Coming over from I heart Naptime!

  16. Love this idea! Going to try it! Thanks for the inspiration!!

  17. Love this idea! I'd love for you to link up to my Homemade in December Link Carnival.

  18. What a great project!

    I'd love it if you could share this over on my Simply Christmas Inspiration Party at

  19. This is so much fun! What an adorable idea! Thanks for sharing @ Show & Share! I will be featuring this on Monday!

  20. Your sign is adorable...great way to remember the names...I never can get them all! I saw this puffy paint idea on Pinterest and now I've seen it in action!

  21. Very cute! I hope you'll share this at The Corson Cottage for our {Home for the Holidays} link party every Friday in December. Carrie

  22. Way cute and awesome technique!
    Thanks for sharing at Show & Share!

  23. Can you please tell me what size font you used? I'm going to make this tomorrow !

  24. @Deanna- I used the Arial font at about 130. Good luck :) I'd love to see your finished sign!!!

  25. @Kelsey.. still working on it. I have so many projects in the works! Lol. My board is ready & I'm going to do my letters tomorrow. I'm a little worried about keeping the lines straight. Did you do anything special that helped you?

  26. Loved this idea from day 1 and tonight used it to make decorations for my Christmas ornaments me and a friend made! It worked perfectly!! Thanks Kelsey!!
    -Meesh :)


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