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Canning Jar Reindeer


This cute little reindeer makes for a great ornament to decorate your tree. It's easy to make and you can use household items for it. The base is a canning jar lid. Then you take some paints, add a face and you're done.


  • DecoArt Products Required
  • No-Prep Metal Paint
    • DMP01 - Bright White
    • DMP11 - Real Red
    • DMP29 - Burnt Sienna
    • DMP32 - Coal Black
  • Foam plate
  • 1" wood split ball, Lara's Crafts U10722
  • E6000 industrial strength craft glue
  • Lo-temp glue gun and glue sticks
  • Craft foam in beige, brown
  • Small sharp scissors
  • 1/2" flat brush
  • Liner brush
  • Regular-mouth metal canning jar lid
  • Pattern



  1. Use flat brush and Burnt Sienna to paint top of lid.
  2. Mix one part Bright White with one part Burnt Sienna. Use mixture to paint split ball.
  3. Refer to photo for placement of muzzle and glue flat side of ball to jar lid.
  4. Use end of brush handle dipped in Bright White to paint ovals for eyes.
  5. Use end of brush handle dipped in Real Red to dot nose on muzzle.
  6. Use liner brush and Coal Black to paint line for mouth and dots for pupils of eyes.
  7. Trace and cut two ear patterns from brown foam; cut two antler patterns from beige foam.
  8. Refer to photo for placement and use glue gun to attach ears to back edge of lid; glue antlers behind ears on back of lid.
  9. Finish item as desired to create ornament, gift tag, pin, or magnet.

Pin: Attach self-adhesive pin back to upper center at back of completed lid;
Magnet: Attach 1" piece of self-adhesive magnetic strip to back center of completed lid;
Ornament or gift tag: Form loop from 10" length of 3/8" wide ribbon and glue between ribbon ends, aligning edges; glue ends to upper center back of lid.

Note: Let dry after each step.

Helpful Tip: We used a new lid with silver finish and minimal lettering. Using lids with printing or colors may require basecoat of Bright White.

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