Handmade Christmas decorations have been a cherished part of my holiday memories since I was a little girl, so I make an effort to make something every year to decorate my own home. While browsing through ornaments at the store, I found a deer head and instantly knew that I wanted to mount it on an embroidery hoop:
Because my Christmas decor is a little bit woodsy chic, I went to the Outfitters collection for supplies. Using Outfitters Thickers and Papers 05 and 06, I was able to bring my idea to life. To make one of your own, you’ll also need a deer head ornament or figure, an embroidery hoop, glue, glue dots, scissors, and a leaf punch.
Begin by gluing the embroidery hoop to the background patterned paper. I used E6000, but any liquid, strong glue should work fine.
While the hoop is drying, make the flowers that go around the deer’s neck. I used a leaf punch, but you could easily hand cut your petal shapes. This particular leaf punch made me think of poinsettia petals. a) I punched five leaves per flower. b) Next, turn the leaves upside down and arrange into a flower shape, then secure with a glue dot. c) Add a rhinestone sticker to the center of the flower.
When the hoop is dry, cut it away from the patterned paper.
To dress up the edge, adhere gold foil washi tape. You could also do this to the inside of the hoop, but I would do so before gluing it to the background paper. Another variation would be to paint the hoop before beginning.
Next, adhere the deer to the patterned paper and place your flowers around the deer.
Last, spell out a message with Thickers.
Now I have a fun addition to my decor! My little girl loves the “reindeer” and I like the pop of red plaid that it gives my wall.
Do you DIY Christmas decor? If woodsy chic is your cup of hot cocoa, give this embroidery hoop a try! Happy creating!