No Taxidermy involved here – this is a Reindeer friendly project. Make this cute Christmas Deer Head decoration for Christmas.
How I did it
- Supplies – Silhouette Cutting Machine & Accessories || Cutting file for a Reindeer/Stag Head (I used this one from the Silhouette Store) || My free File for the Reindeer’s Neck and the shield. (see end of tute) || Silhouette Chipboard or flattened Cereal box (I used cereal boxes) || Double sided foam tape || Woodgrain style contact paper, paper or cardstock || Scrap of Ribbon/Twine and Red Paper/Card ||Hole Punch
- In the Studio software adjust the page setting to suit the size of your Chipboard or cardstock.
- Open the Reindeer File & Select the Reindeer head, Resize as desired or to suit the card stock you are using. I resized mine to approx 18 x 14 cm
- with the Reindeer still selected, Choose: Offset > Internal offset > Set the offset size to 0.200cm > Apply.
- Then Select the new offset you have just created and repeat. Keep repeating until most of the internal space of the reindeer is filled with smaller shapes. I had a total of 5 off sets plus the original – giving me 6 layers. How many layers you need will depend on how big you made the reindeer. If you make a really large reindeer you may like to make the offset bigger than .200cm) Mine looked like this:
- Delete all the bits that are too small to cut – I’ve highlighted them in green below. Also, I had a tiny dot to delete near the arrow
- Now separate and spread out all the layers – I filled them with colour so they were easier to see. Also I noticed that the antlers in the purple reindeer were a bit too skinny to cut so I sliced them with the knife tool and deleted the top part.
- Now you are ready to cut – Re arrange the pieces first so they fit on the mat and cut them out. I needed 2 pieces of cereal box. I used the settings for Chipboard – they mostly cut all the way through although I did have to finish a few spots with my scalpel. My cereal box had a glossy finish, which I think made it more tricky to cut.
- To assemble, put little squares of Double sided foam tape on the back of all 5 offset pieces, Don’t put them too close to the edge or they’ll be visible when the finished piece is viewed from a side angle. Carefully center each one – I worked from the back putting the next smaller one on top….etc etc. Set aside.
- Make the shield – I lay the contact over plain cardstock first then cut the shield from the joined materials.
- Cut the neck from a scrap of cereal box/chipboard. Attach this with tape to the back of the head.
- I tied a small length of butchers twine around the neck and made a red nose from a scrap of red card with a hole punch
- Position and attach the head and neck to the shield with Double Sided Tape.
- All done!
The Reindeer is really light so I’m just popping mine on the wall with a little blu tack.
The Free File
Here’s the Free File for the Reindeer Neck and the Shield.
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