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

Download reindeer pattern

Download tree pattern

How to Make It:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Glue the snowbanks at the bottom of the page.
  6. Trim the remaining two blue sheets to 9x12 inches.
  7. Attach the snowbanks to the bottom of these pages. Overlap the pieces to create dimension.
  8. 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.
  9. Using a pencil, lightly freehand-draw the path of the reindeer to use as a guide for the black dots.
  10. 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.
  11. Erase any pencil marks with a kneaded eraser. Insert the finished piece into each corresponding picture frame.
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