DIY Reindeer Magnet

Posted by the Mom (aka Kelly Biedny)

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Yes, it’s another bottle cap magnet…I love these things. They’re easy, fun and adorable! The truth is, I was in the craft room one night just sort of playing around with stuff and ended up making magnets.  This is the last one I promise…although a rabbit one for Easter would be cute, huh? ;D

You may have already seen our Turkey Magnet, or perhaps our Spider and Jack-O-Lantern Magnets…the instructions are very similar, but I’ve included them again here, for you if you want to try this one out, too.

The supply list is as follows:

  • Bottle caps
  • Magnets
  • Pipecleaners
  • Acrylic Paints
  • Paint Brushes.
  • Double-sided foam tape

The steps I took are below.  Again, I only took step-by-step pics of the spider magnets, so if you need a visual, check those out.

Step 1: Paint Base Color
Since reindeer are brown, paint your bottlecap brown first.  To ensure your reindeer isn’t bald, you’re going to want to do two or three coats making sure to let each coat dry well before the next.  Kids of a large age range are good at painting solid colors, so this is  a perfect step for them.

Step 2: Add Pipe Cleaner Antlers
Once your base coat is dry, it’s time to add the antlers.   I gold, but you could use brown or silver…I like keeping it festive with a metallic, but whatever you choose is fine. I cut strips about 2 inches long and then bent them into antler shapes like the picture.  To glue them on , first set the bottle cap, face down, on a table.  Use hot glue to attach each antler to back of the magnet (similar to how the spider legs are attached in the spider magnets).

Step 3: Add Magnet
Next, it’s time to glue the magnet in. Just like with the spiders, turkeys and jack-o-lanterns we have to add a few pieces of double-sided foam tape.  Use two or three pieces, cut to the size of the inside of the bottle cap and stack them until the surface of the back of the magnet is even with, or just higher than the sides of the bottle cap.  Hot glue the magnet to the top.

Step 4: Paint Reindeer Eyes
Now it’s time for making your reindeer’s eyes.  With white paint, paint two eye shapes like in the picture. You’re probably going to have to do more than one coat of white, so make sure it dries well between coats. Once the white has enough coats and is dry, dab on a black dot with black paint and tip of the handle of your brush. OR, you could also use a sharpie marker.

Step 5: Make Your Reindeer’s Nose
My reindeer is Rudolf, so I used red glitter, but you can use black, too, if you have a non-red-nosed reindeer.  Just dab on a dot of glue and sprinkle on some red (or black) glitter. Make sure it dries well before spraying it in the next step.

Step 6: Spray
After all your details are completely dry, spray your creations with a protective spray.  I used Modge Podge Gloss Clear Acrylic Sealer, but any craft/paint sealer will work.

That’s it! You’ve now got yourself an adorable reindeer bottle cap magnet to add to your collection.  Perfect for attaching Christmas lists to the fridge!

Happy Holidays Everyone!
Kelly, Alex and Sophia

1 Comments For This Post

  1. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet Says:

    My kids would love to make these types of crafts! thanks for linking this to Less Laundry, More Linking party!

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