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Modern Paper Mache Reindeer DIY Tutorial

You know those inexpensive gold paper mache reindeer that you see at all the craft & hoilday decor stores this time of year? Here’s an easy way to update them with a fresh, modern feel: spray paint + fun trims (ribbon, yarn, etc) + mod paper patterns!

Modern Paper Mache Reindeer DIY Tutorial

These particular reindeer are from a brand new HWTM theme we just shot, where they were used as the table centerpiece. More on the full theme coming soon, but I wanted to highlight this project separately because it’s super easy and can be customized to ANY color palette and style you might be doing for your own home decor/party – from vintage to rustic to glam! I’m actually loving the idea of a vintage spin utilizing Anthropologie-like patterns & colors with lace & burlap trims.

And even if you don’t have time to bust out the spray paint or if you want to keep the reindeer gold, you can still dress them up with paper and trims to make them a little more exciting. Here’s an example sans the spray paint that was used as side table decor:

Modern Paper Mache Reindeer DIY Tutorial

I’m a huge fan of all-white statuettes & figurines myself though, so this little guy is still my favorite!

Modern Paper Mache Reindeer DIY Tutorial

Happy holiday crafting!


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POSTED BY:jenn s.JENNIFER SBRANTI is the Founder and Creative Director of Hostess with the Mostess®, a hip and modern party planning resource.

4 responses to “Holiday DIY: Mod Paper Mache Reindeer”

  1. roberna potts says:

    Jennifer, where can i buy the reindeer in bulk just plain and never painted at wholsale

  2. linda wicker says:

    I also would like to know where to buy them in bulk, I have been making these for yrs. until Rag Shop went out of business. I want them unpainted and I will spray paint myself. Thanks

  3. Barbara Duncan says:

    I would also like to know where I can buy 10 unfinished for my church ladies to do

    • jenn s. says:

      Hi Barbara –
      I usually buy them at Michaels, so you might check there first – and then you’ll also find some on Amazon if you search for “paper mache deer”. Hope that helps!