Michaels Gold Paper Mache Reindeer Transformed

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I want to share a fun project I did two years ago for Christmas. At the time, I was trying to find snow covered reindeer without having to pay a ridiculous price. Seriously, why are these so expensive?
I am sure a lot of us have seen various plain reindeer in stores. Michaels carries these gold paper mache reindeer (in various sizes) and it dawned on me that I could use these reindeer to DIY into snow covered ones.
Michaels gold paper mache reindeer.
Before I explain how I transformed the gold reindeer, let me say that it took three tries to get it right.

My first attempt was to use, Glitter Blast (diamond dust color) to give it a glittery snow covered look. After I spray painted the deer white (base color to cover the gold), I sprayed on some Glitter Blast. Umm...that did not go so well. The amount of Glitter Blast needed for these large reindeer was a lot. Those Glitter Blast cans are small (and can be expensive) and I had two reindeer to makeover and the overall look was not that good.

My second attempt was to use epsom salt. This worked better, but I was not getting the twinkling snow covered look, I was going for.

Finally, it dawned on me to use Mod Podge and white glitter. Sometimes, I make things more complicated than they should be. ;)

Here are the supplies I used.
Note: I used plain white glitter that does not have a rainbow shimmer to it.
Again, the first thing to do is to paint (or spray paint) the reindeer white. This is the base coat. Next, I brushed on Mod Podge in sections and sprinkled the glitter onto the reindeer.

To avoid a huge mess, I used a cement mixing tray I had on hand, but any large tray or bin will do.
A little messy, but very easy.
Once I was done covering the reindeer in glitter, I gently tapped it to remove any excess glitter.

I wanted a little extra something on the reindeer, so I used my glue gun to add a red ribbon collar and silver bells.

Here is a before and after of the gold reindeer transformation.
Michales gold reindeer covered in snow.
For the record, I use these reindeer every year for Christmas and they still look new. As far as storage, I keep in each reindeer (standing upright) in a large kitchen garbage bag. Yes, some glitter naturally comes off, but there are no bare areas on either one of the reindeer
I normally use the two reindeer to flank each side of the fireplace for Christmas.
I really love how they turned out. It was an easy and fun process. I believe I spent about $30 for the my supplies AND the two reindeer. And yes, I used the Michales 40% off coupons. :)

Have fun making snow covered holiday items! :D

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