Friday, November 22, 2013

Reindeer games

Hey folks! I’m going to keep this one quick because I have a cold and can’t focus on one thing too long. I looked for my keys for 30 minutes last night and looked for my phone for 20 minutes this morning. My brain is MUSH.

So earlier this week I took a break and went into TJMaxx for a bit. I found this lovely lady:

decorative reindeer

I put her on Instagram and mentioned I was going to glitter her up. I got some “Noooooo's” and some “heck yeah’s” and also a “I don’t think she’s a she,” which is true but it’s just to elegant to be a boy. So I’m saying girl. ;)

Anyway, I wasn't going to glitter all of her – just his her antlers. I used the bag to cover the rest of her up and then taped around the antlers:

Christmas reindeer

To make this as quick and easy as possible I used this Krylon spray paint to glitter them:

glitter spray paint 

OK -- I bought this a year or two ago and I don’t I’ve ever used it. These came out a couple years ago and I saw blogger after blogger had issues with this spray paint. I chose to believe that my can was different.

Well, it wasn’t. ;) It was a MESS. It sprayed great for a few seconds, then started sputtering and spraying all on it’s own. Then the glitter wouldn’t come out, just the coating stuff, and it was pretty much a disaster:

wow

That’s actually the good side – the color was horrible, it didn’t cover well and just looked like butt. Not the look I was going for. I think this paint would be good to give something a light, glittery sheen, but I wanted more for this project. 

Then it wasn’t drying so I ended up trying to wipe it all off and it was just a science fair. (That’s what we say when something is a disaster. This qualifies.)

So I was on to plan B -- the more time consuming plan. I grabbed my glitter glue and silver glitter and started doing it by hand. I got this glitter tray at Michael’s this past summer and it worked AWESOME:

glitter tray

You can lay items on it to dry and then when done just take that top part off and there’s a hole in the corner so all the excess glitter goes back in the container. It worked great, I just wish it was a little bigger!

So, after about 20 minutes of glittering she ended up with some major bling:

Christmas reindeer

I actually REALLY love how it turned out! She’s beeeeautiful! Yes, it was pretty to start, but I can never leave well enough alone, you know this.

The silver is SO pretty:

glittered antlers

Who knows if it will last till next year, but for now she looks lovely:

Christmas reindeer decorHave you tried that glitter spray paint? Did you have the same problems I did? Have you started decorating for Christmas? This is my first piece – more will come out this weekend. :) By the way – have a great one!!

42 comments:

  1. She looks so pretty! I love that you just did the antlers!

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  2. I'm sorry you feel so terrible. And, I love that you shared that it originally looked like butt. But, boy did it turn out beautifully. I've seen many decorating ides already this season, but this may be the first one I actually try. And... you showed me something new with the glitter tray from Michaels. I'm getting one. So glad you shared. Can I tell you how nice you were to be one of the first to comment on my new blog (it's just been out since Sept.)?!! You are one of the nicest people. Feel better.

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  3. I LOVE glitter spray paint! SHE looks great!!

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  4. Love it!! I think if it wasn't a she to begin with, it definitely is now after that glitter. Have a happy weekend!

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  5. I tried the glitter spray paint. Made some crown headbands for my daughter's birthday party. I finally got the hang of the spray paint by the third headband. So the last three looked great, and the first three... well I'm glad the girls were 4 years old. Glad to hear its normal for the glitter spray paint to annoy the users.

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  6. Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!! Love this so much!! And going to have to look for that glitter tray. Hope you feel better soon!

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  7. the Queen of Glitter - Martha Stewart - suggests giving glittered object a thin coat of shellac. very thin!!! and that will keep the glitter from rubbing off. i am going to look for a glitter tray - i really wish i had it when i made the pledge/glitter ornaments!

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  8. I like the idea of glittering just the antlers.

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  9. Oh so it wasn't just me with the glitter spray! I used it to cover some old C7 lights and it was all mud pie looking. Thanks I feel better. Your reindeer is fab.

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  10. 'It looked like butt' is probably the funniest line I've ready on a blog in a long time. The end result is awesome though. Feel better, we've had this crap for five weeks now.

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  11. I love her!!!!! Used spry glitter to add sparkle to a pair of ice skates. It worked fine for a light coating, just sparkle not actual color. I painted the skates the color I wanted them and just gave a quick squirt of glitter.

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  12. Very pretty, now if 'she' just had a diamond necklace :)
    Vicki.

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  13. she's FABULOUS!! i can totally picture her as one of those "i'm fabulous" memes... haha!! great choice on just the antlers, it brings the perfect detail to that piece! love it!!

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  14. look so much better now Sarah. I tried the glitter spray once for my cone glitter trees and they worked fine, the only complain I have was how small the glitters were, i had to do something similar to what you did too!

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  15. Apparently, according to various sources (like Snopes), it's said that Santa's reindeer would actually have to be female, as males lose their antlers around November, while females retain them throughout some of the winter. SO, yes, it's a SHE! ^_^

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  16. I think she needs a glittery bow or rhinestone necklace to add to the beautiful antlers!

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  17. She is beautiful! I hope you feel better soon. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  18. Yep I tried it a couple of years ago, took a few cans back, tried buying new cans and it still was garbage. I'm not going to spend anymore money on the stuff. The one thing I will add is if you didn't finish off that can you might as well throw it away, if you think it was bad before it is even worse once you use it. I guess the glitter dries in the sprayer, just junk! I hope you get well soon!

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  19. I like the lines of the Reindeer, you could probably use the Krylon Clear spray (if you aren't spray shy after the glitter paint fiasco) on the antlers to seal the glitter. Hope you feel better soon, can't wait to see what else you end up decorating for Christmas.

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  20. Give her a coat of mod podge and you will be set for years to come!

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  21. Love her! I just bought a can of the spray paint to do some letters. Uh oh! I love the glitter tray.....but you are right, needs to be soooo much bigger!

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  22. Sarah, this is so beautiful! You got me all exited about the glitter paint - what a bummer that it didn't work. Still turned out great though - might have to invest in a glitter tray. Whenever glitter is in da house it's usually EVERYWHERE in da house. (I even banned glitter items as gifts for my daighter's birthday). ;-)

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  23. I'm glad you only glittered the antlers. Really came out great , by the way boy deer have antlers not girl deer so you nat need to call it a "him". Unless it's a reindeer, then the girls have antlers too! :)

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  24. I love the deer either way but the glitter sure makes her festive!

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  25. So cute. Ongoing to have to go there and get one myself;). Feel better!!

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  26. It looks so cute! Love HER! haha
    I would love it if you could check out my little itty bitty baby home decor blog I just started a couple weeks ago :)
    www.FortheLoveofDecorating.com

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  27. Thank you Sara! I just bought 2 cans of Krylon glitter spray (one gold and one silver) paint that will be going straight back to the store. I do not need headaches from a failed project. I will use the metallic spray paint I already have (also Krylon). I really do like your deer. "she" came out beautifully. Great job!

    Candy

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  28. Heard lots of similar problems with that paint. She/he looks awesome. The world needs more glitter! !!!

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  29. Heard lots of similar problems with that paint. She/he looks awesome. The world needs more glitter! !!!

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  30. "It looked like butt.". I'm so sorry you feel bad, but that was the funniest post I've read anywhere in a long time! Then, the line about it turning into a Science Fair had me laughing hard out loud, I am SO borrowing that description! Love the project and the glitter!

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  31. You're brave, we know that, & it turned out GREAT! Love it. Well done. Chrissy

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  32. Sorry you feel bad...nothing like Indy weather! From tornadoes to snowflakes, well you know, you live here. Indy's weather is kinda like butt too! I want one of those glitter trays. Will be heading out tomorrow to check it out.

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  33. I have tried glitter spray paint, I thought it was just me cause I tried it on glass but it clumped and ran and was butt ugly. Usually I use glue or modge podge and just glitter.

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  34. It worked out after all. I love the glitter.

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  35. I tried the glitter spray paint and it was disastrous for me as well...ended up wasting most of the can because it wouldn't spray out. :(

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  36. I will never use Krylon glitter spray paint again. The coverage was awful and it ended up sticking so I had to put it in a box and let it run out. Your dear came out beautiful!!!!

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  37. Love your glittered antlers! They turned out fantastic. I need to go looking for one of those glitter trays.

    Glad to hear that I am not alone in the Krylon Glitter Blast disasters! My first can went perfectly. Several cans after that, did not go well at all! Krylon needs to go back to the drawing board with this product. http://www.thepauperscastle.com/2011/10/krylon-glitter-blast-heres-my-blast.html

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  38. You did an awesomejob looks very pretty with just the antlers glitterfied!

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  39. I just saw this via Pinterest and I don't know why because I follow your blog anyway! LOL This turned out gorgeous! And, I too have had bad experiences with that spray paint. I even have about 4 cans left. I should just throw them away. Mine did the same thing --- started out well then started sputtering and wouldn't stop and didn't spray out much glitter. So when I want to glitter something up, if it needs painted, I spray paint with the ole tried and true regular spray paint, let it dry. Then, I spray some spray adhesive and then glitter away! I usually do the spray adhesive in patches or sides as spray adhesive is REALLY sticky and if you touch it it's hard to get off your fingers.

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