Reindeer Wall

I wanted to create a large feature wall in the Home Tour house and this Reindeer Wall was perfect! Since the reindeers are created from the homeowner’s 2 adorable kid’s hands and feet, it made this feature wall feel personal and meaningful.

The patterns and colours tied in with our traditional family Christmas throughout the home as well. Rudolph is featured in the center with a red nose and a tartan pattern for his antlers. This is the exact tartan I used in the master bedroom duvet cover.

This Reindeer Wall was such an outstanding success. I can’t even tell you how many amazing compliments I was given for this. It gives the home a real WOW factor and helps to create that fun and festive look while having some meaning behind it.

I started off by tracing the kids hands and feet. I brought it into my program, I use InDesign, and traced it using the pen tool.

I layed out the hands and feet to form the face and antlers and filled in the foot a solid tan colour. I drew the backround patterns, except for the tartan, that was just pulled off the internet. I turned the patterns into a jpeg and then placed them into the hands just like you would bring a picture into a box. I typed each reindeer’s name at the bottom in a font called Times.

I drew the eyes, nose and eyebrows and placed them on the face.
Don’t forget to make Rudolph’s nose red! If you are not computer savvy, you could always use patterned wrapping paper or scrapbook paper and cut out the shapes to form the antlers and face.

Once each reindeer was designed, I turned the file into a jpeg and sent it off to Walmart Photo Center. Each 11” x 14” print cost $5.00. I placed each on into a white matted frame that I purchased at HomeSense. These were the Colin + Justin Frames and they cost $14.99 each. For under $200.00 I have created an amazing feature wall that was a huge hit!

The homeowners are going to keep the Reindeer Wall up for Christmas and replace the prints with family portraits to keep up through the rest of the year. To hang the frames I used a great product called Command Picture Hanging Strips. These were fabulous and literally took minutes to put up. They saved me a lot of time and leave the walls damage-free!

Who is your favourite Reindeer?

This project was linked up to Centsational Girl, DIY Showoff, Skip To My Lou, I Heart Nap Time, Positively Splendid, Tatertots and Jello, The Shabby Nest, Coastal Charm, Keeping It Simple, Home Stories A To Z, Todays Creative Blog, Cherished Bliss and Craft-O-Maniac.

8 thoughts on “Reindeer Wall

  1. WICKED!!!!!!!!! So creative and a good way to add a personal touch. The home owners children will be passing those down to their own children. Merry Christmas!

    • Hi Heather! Maybe you could use paint and quickly stamp his hand and foot. That might be a bit easier than tracing, just more messy!

  2. I have to say this is one of the coolest projects I’ve ever seen!
    I can’t wait to show this to my sister…she has 5 little ones & they would LOVE this!

    • WOW what a compliment! Thank you Jen!!! Your sister could incorporate 4 hands for antlers, and one foot so all 5 kids could be part of each reindeer!

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