silver & copper reindeer

I had a lot of fun playing with some new (to me) craft products. I made metal reindeer ornaments. Come along and I'll show you how.

I started by tracing a deer from a magazine onto a piece of tissue paper.

I then cut out the tissue paper deer and traced it onto a piece of cardstock and then cut it out. Now we have our pattern.

I used rolls of soft metal for embossing. I used copper and silver, they also had gold at the craft store. I asked two different employees at the craft store where to find this product and they didn't know what I was talking about. After roaming the aisles forever I finally found it myself.

I glued the 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of thin metal onto a piece of cardstock of the same size and color as the metal. Then using a dull pencil I traced my deer onto the metal sheet. I then cut it out.

Then I used my FUN new toy! It's a roller that embosses different shapes and designs onto the metal. This one has three different tops that screw on and off to give you three different designs for embossing. I went to the craft store on black Friday so I got all my new craft goodies at 20% off!

See how I've outlined one of the legs with my roller.

A copper reindeer.

I used the roller to outline.

A silver reindeer.

This reindeer has "diamonds" all over it.

These were so fun to make. My son made an ornament with some of my scraps. He made a star by tracing a star cookie cutter. He loved using the embossing roller too. I forgot to take a picture of it. Let me know if you decide to try this, I think you'll love it!


  1. Great job Lisa ! Think of all the different things you can make !

  2. You creative crafter you!! I love them!!
    That tool looks fun!

  3. I love this! I have never used metal like that! I need to go check it out! Thanks for linking!

    Becca @ BCD

  4. Wow! I've never seen anything like this before. LOVE the silver one!! What a beautiful decoration, very tasteful too.

  5. Seriously?!?!?!?!? I can make metal stuff? And maybe even rust it up? eeeee!!!

    How did you cut it? Tin snips? Plain scissors?? Do tell!

    Thanks for linking up to SNS! This one has me excited to try!

    FJ Donna

  6. This looks like you had fun! These are so cute.

  7. Your reindeer ornaments came out great! They look like lots of fun to make! Very clever!


  8. Beautiful. Wow I am thinking of all kinds of shapes that would be fun!

  9. i love this idea! i actually have some rolls of metal, and have been a little afraid to use them! i especially love the detail you did on the edge. thanks for the great inspiration!

  10. Lisa--This is beautiful and so many people are using the gold, bronze and silver theme now! I love the copper and the different edging!i

  11. I'm so into silver right now. What a great way to create affordable decorations! And, I need more silver ones.

  12. That looks fun and they turned out great. Very creative!