Light Up Deer Silhouette

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Happy Friday! Today is the night before Saint Nicholas Day at our house where Sinterklaas comes and visits :) It's a Dutch tradition that we decided to carry along in our house even though we are far from the Netherlands. In our version, we put wood shoes (clogs) by the fire for the little one and then put carrots in it. The carrots are for Sinterklaas' reindeer to eat, but we just have our pup Max do the eating :) Then in the morning, there's a gift by the shoes. It's super fun to have something like this in the middle of December so it breaks up the long wait you have until Christmas.

DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Today I'm going to share with you a really simple craft that uses a cute deer head silhouette found in the Silhouette Design Store (which by the way, all the designs are 50% off until the 8th!). I don't know if any of you use a Silhouette machine, but these things are so amazing! You'll probably be seeing a few more posts featuring their designs and products. They integrate so well into home decor.
Here's what you need for the project:
Silhouette Portrait
Deer Silhouette
Silhouette Stencil Material
Burlap canvas (found at crafts stores)
Battery Powered Light Strand (I used just 10 lights)
Hot glue
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas
First off, get your design and cut it out on your Silhouette Cameo or Portrait onto the stencil material. I made sure the head was as big as I could get it but not too big to fit on the burlap canvas.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Once it was cut out, I grabbed the negative space of the deer stencil and placed it on burlap. I pressed along all the edges really well. The burlap tends to not like stuff to stick to it :)
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas
And since the burlap doesn't like to hold stuff so well, for the painting, I started on the stencil part of the edges and pushed in with the paint, rather than doing the opposite and pushing the paint towards the edges. This helped prevent bleeding. Really though, the stickiness of the stencil was amazing...even on burlap.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

I finished the painting, then waited for it to dry and did one more coat. When I took off the stencil, I got all perfect lines with no bleeding. Amazing :)
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

For the next step, mark where you want your lights (literally or just in your head), and cut a small X with your razor blade. Not too big though, just enough for the tip of the light to stick through.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Stick all the lights through your holes. This is how my back looked:
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

Now for the scarf. I just grabbed some scrap fleece I had lying around, but you can use any type of fabric for this. I just cut two pieces the same size and then hot glued the ends onto the deers neck and tied them together.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas

DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas
I love how festive this looks :) Plus, it will still be cute decor outside of the holiday season without the scarf and lights.
DIY light up deer silhouette on burlap canvas
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  1. This is so great! I created a big deer picture too this year. I like that you incorporated the burlap in it, it gives it great texture. Gorgeous!


happy DIYing! Alicia