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Monday, November 26, 2012

DIY Personalized Reindeer Plate with Mod Podge



I'm switching gears a little bit today to share with you an easy and cheap craft project that would make a great Christmas gift. I was THRILLED to be selected by Mod Podge to create something with their amazing products. Check out what arrived at my doorstep...



Jealous, right?? It was truly like Christmas had come early for me!! I had no clue there were so many varieties of Mod Podge! Antique, glitter, photo transfer medium, three kinds of dimensional magic... I seriously had a million ideas in my head. 

I wanted to make a Christmas decoration personalized for our family so I decided to do something with a clear glass plate I found at Walmart for around $3. Here is a list of what you'll need:

clear glass plate
plain white cardstock
various Christmas themed papers
classic Mod Podge
glitter Mod Podge
Plaid acrylic red paint
Plaid acrylic brown paint
black sharpie

Directions:
Print out your family's names on plain white cardstock. I used brown acrylic paint to make our fingerprints. This worked much better by blotting a few times before making the actual fingerprint. I LOVE how Wesley's fingerprint is tiny and smudged. :) 

Use a black sharpie for the antlers and eyes, and a dot of red for the nose. 

Cut out a square of background cardstock and various other layers of patterned paper.

If desired, ink the edges of the papers. I've found with papercrafting that inking the edges really make the layers stand out. Just drag the edges of the paper across an inkpad, it's really that simple and it makes a dramatic effect. I didn't go out an buy the Christmas themed papers because I have a ton of scrapbooking supplies as it is, so this part was free for me! I just played around with the layers until I was satisfied with the layout and glued everything down. 



To adhere the reindeer collage to the plate, apply a thin layer of Mod Podge to the center of the plate and then placed the paper over it face down. 



MAKE SURE to press out all the bubbles before it starts to dry. Some air pockets got trapped in the front, but I actually think it adds to the character. 

Apply a layer of glitter Mod Podge to the outside square edges and allow it to dry.

Apply two coats of Plaid's red acrylic paint and allow to dry.



I'm really loving that we'll have this keepsake to display every Christmas. It will be really fun to compare the kids' fingerprints as they get bigger! You could easily make this into a Santa cookie plate as well, there's just so many possibilities with these fabulous Mod Podge products.

Make sure to follow Mod Podge on these social media site for lots more awesome ideas:




I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Mod Podge and Blueprint Social. The opinions in this post are my own.

19 comments:

  1. I love this! Wesley's little smudged fingerprint is too cute! :)

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    1. I agree! I smile every time I walk by it in the kitchen. :)

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  2. That is too cute! What an awesome idea!

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  3. Very cute, I love projects like this!

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  4. This is so pretty and creative! Would love if you'd join our Countdown to Christmas link party! Hope to see you there! Have a great week! :)
    http://dixie-n-dottie.blogspot.com/2012_11_27_archive.html

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  5. Great project and so cute! Cheers.

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  6. This idea is so cute!! (and as a first time visitor, I must say I love your blog name :)

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    1. I'm so happy to have you! I definitely tend to do things "semi homemade" lol. :)

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  7. This is so sweet thanks for sharing.

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  8. Ahhhhh! Cute Cute Cute- and so simple! LOVE it! Thank you for linking up at the No Rules Christmas Party!
    Jen

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  9. Kelly,
    This plate came out so cute. I love it. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednedsay's Adorned From Above Blog Hop. This weeks party starts Wednesday at 12:00 AM. Have a great week.
    Debi, Joye, Myrna, and Linda

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  10. What a cute plate :) Thank you for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I can't wait to see what you share this week.

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  11. That is adorable...I love the littlest smudged reindeer too. So cute!!!

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  12. Thank you for sharing your project on A Crafty Soiree, cohosted by myself and Malia at Yesterday on Tuesday. I've featured yours on this week's linky party. It will be up on Thursday at midnight EST. Please come by and see it & join us again by showing off more of your crafty skills!

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  13. So cute. I have never tried modge podge. These are so cute I really want to. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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  14. I just made these as gifts for grandparents this year and LOVE the way they came out. Thanks

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  15. Looks so cute! Thanks for linking up at Romance on a dime.

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  16. Oh my goodness I love this! Such a cute idea; I may have to try this! Umm... yea and I love Mod Podge too! ;) You are a featured favorite this week on Saturday Show & Tell on Cheerios and Lattes! Thanks for sharing your great ideas with us each week; we love having you! Can't wait to see what you've been up to this week!
    Mackenzie :)
    cheeriosandlattes.com

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