Reindeer Frames on a Christmas Mantel
Propped on a Christmas mantel, these animated reindeer pictures bring life to the holiday season.
What You'll Need:
- Pencil; tracing paper
- Scissors or crafts knife
- Two 12-inch squares of black card stock
- Two 12-inch squares of white card stock
- Paper punches: circle; large and small snowflakes
- French curves template
- Three 12-inch squares of blue solid or subtly patterned scrapbook paper
- Glue stick
- 11x14-inch card stock, any color
- Kneaded eraser
- Two 9x12-inch black frames
- 11x14-inch black frame
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How to Make It:
- Trace deer and tree patterns onto tracing paper. Cut out and trace onto black card stock. Cut out a total of eight deer and one tree using scissors or a crafts knife.
- Punch out large holes from black and white card stock with circle punch. Punch out small holes and snowflakes from white card stock. Set aside.
- For snowbanks, use French curves template to draw random curves along the straight edge of white card stock. Make the curves at least 2 inches thick at their narrowest point. Cut out with scissors.
- For the 11x14-inch frame, trim the blue paper to measure 11x12 inches. Use the glue stick to attach it to the 11x14-inch piece of cardstock, aligning it at the top and sides. The snowbank will cover the gap at the bottom edge of the paper.
- Glue the snowbanks at the bottom of the page.
- Trim the remaining two blue sheets to 9x12 inches.
- Attach the snowbanks to the bottom of these pages. Overlap the pieces to create dimension.
- To help determine the layouts, lay the three pieces on a work surface and line them up across the bottom. This will help make the design continuous from one frame to the next.
- Using a pencil, lightly freehand-draw the path of the reindeer to use as a guide for the black dots.
- Lay all pieces on the backgrounds to achieve the desired look. Adhere the pieces in place with the glue stick. Glue on snowflakes and white dots.
- Erase any pencil marks with a kneaded eraser. Insert the finished piece into each corresponding picture frame.