For the last few weeks, everywhere I have gone it has been Christmas. The grocery store, the mall, Home Depot, and the craft stores have had it up for months.
Has any of this bothered me? Nope.
I love everything about Christmas (except this extremely sucky cold weather). Usually we put up our tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. Last year we bumped it up to the week before Thanksgiving.
But this year … I actually talked Topher into doing it last weekend.
A bit overkill? Probably, but as a blogger I have Christmas home tours coming up soon, and it takes me a while to get everything all organized and tweaked. Luckily, Sunday turned out to be the perfect day. The unnamed child didn’t have to work, her Confirmation class got cancelled on account of all of the snow we got (hence the suckiness). So after church we changed back into our jammies and settled into a cozy and warm afternoon — we listened to Christmas music and put up the tree (which I look forward too all year). To top things off, I made a big turkey dinner, and we had so much left over we ate it last night also.
Don’t worry, the big tree reveal will be coming soon!
When I was at Michael’s a few weeks back, I saw these cardboard deer heads, and I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but I knew I needed one. I held onto it for a while and then inspiration struck.
First, I spray painted the antlers gold (I covered up the head with a paper towel while I did this).
Then, I painted the head with brown craft paint. I used two coats allowing 20 minutes of drying time in between.
Next I scavenged some boards from an old pallet, cut them down to equal size (using my Ryobi cordless saw), and sanded them smooth.
To secure them, I used my Kreg Ripping Jig to cut across a plank of scrap wood (actually the bottom of a dresser drawer I tossed out a while ago), glued the pallet boards to this piece, and then used an air stapler for a little extra security.
I painted all of the boards with one coat of Ivory Lace Plaster Paint. Once that dried I painted every other board with Plaster Paint’s Red Ruby.
After the red dried, I went over the boards lightly with my sander to distress it.
I then used Gorilla Glue to glue the the deer head to the painted planks.
Next, I glued on a little red ball (that I got a Michael’s from a previous project) to the tip of the deer’s nose since Rudolph is my favorite…
I finished it up by gluing on some red glitter letters (also from Michael’s) and spelled out N-O-E-L underneath.
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