Love the idea of a Reindeer Feed design for Christmas decorating? Here’s how to stencil a grain sack Reindeer Feed throw pillow plus rustic burlap Santa sack to wrap gifts in! Two must-make accessories perfect for a rustic Christmas!
I’ve always loved the term ‘Reindeer Feed’. To me, it emphasises a grain sack, so I couldn’t wait to create a Reindeer Feed stencil using it several different ways!
So today I’m going to share two projects using the stencil Reindeer Feed, perfect for Christmas decorating!
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Create a charming DIY Reindeer Feed Pillow and Santa Sack
About Reindeer Feed Stencil
Reindeer Feed is a festive Christmas stencil designed in a super versatile size (within 10″ x 10″) to fit on most any surfaces!
So here’s how easy it is to design your own Christmas pillow with this charming design… grain sack vintage style!
Reindeer Feed Grain Sack pillow
Supplies you’ll need
- Reindeer Feed Stencil from HERE
- Grain Sack Stripe stencil G5L from HERE
- 20″ grainy pillow covers (the cover I used is no longer avail)
- Fusion Mineral Paint’s Fort York Red & Coal Black
- dome-tipped stencil brush
I filmed the tutorial part of this project which you can watch below, however here’s a brief written description as well.
1. Use a pillow cover of choice.
I love the Jofrid pillow covers from IKEA. (no longer available) They have a textured surface which resembles a vintage grain sack.
2. Insert something waterproof inside the pillow. I used a plastic bag.
3. Position stencil in the centre of the pillow.
4. Load the stencil brush with paint of choice, remove most paint onto a rag until brush feels ‘dry’.
5. Tap or swipe brush along the stencil until desired effect is achieved
6. Add grain sack stripes in red to each side of the pillow design.
There are 6 grain sack stripe stencils to choose from. I used G5L for this pillow for a subtle effect. It ended up looking so perfect!
Video tutorial: achieve an authentic grain sack look on pillows
Click above to watch a short video how the Reindeer Feed pillow was stenciled!
Stencil tips include:
- How to stencil with a dry-brush effect
- How to stencil on fabric pillow covers
- My favorite fabric paint
- How to stencil with Grain Sack Stripes
The finished Reindeer Feed Christmas pillow!
Didn’t the Reindeer Feed pillow turn out amazing?!
I love how it has a weathered appearance, which is exactly the look I was going for!
The red stripes add just the right amount of ‘Christmas’ and vintage appeal without taking away from Reindeer Feed.
Adding Grain Sack Stripes really add such a vintage timeless look to any design.
Because the Reindeer Feed stencil was designed to be a grain sack, it is positively perfect for a fabric project, just as if you repurposed a real grain sack!
Which makes the most adorable Christmas throw pillow in the land.
Visit the pillow sitting in my Christmas living room tour HERE
So… let’s make a Reindeer Feed Santa Sack next!
Burlap Reindeer Feed Santa Sack
You know about the Christmas Santa sack craze right about now, yes?
Basically put, a santa sack is a reusable bag of sorts to wrap presents with.
I love the concept! There’s no need to keep buying endless rolls of Christmas paper if you have a cute bag handy!
So I decided to try my hand at my own version of a Christmas Reindeer Feed Santa Sack… but maybe one you may find buried in the back of Santa’s reindeer stalls…
How’s that for repurposed authenticity?
And… made with a pre-sewn sandbag from the local hardware store that cost a whoppin’ $1.50!
Use a sandbag
Sandbags are so cheap, and of course, ready made which makes them fabulous for repurposing into other projects. I’ve used them for a Christmas burlap coffee pillow HERE, for various other everyday pillows HERE, and for covering a bulletin board HERE.
I mean, for around $1.50 for a small 16″ x 24″, and about $2.50ish for a large, those are pretty cheap project supplies!
Plus I love easy projects that look cool.
So let’s make this!
Supplies I used:
1 small burlap sandbag. Mine measures 16″ x 24″.
Something waterproof to slip inside the sandbag (I used a garbage bag)
1. Place something waterproof inside the sandbag to avoid the paint bleeding through to the other side.
I used a black plastic bag.
2. Position the Grain Sack Stripe stencil in the middle of the burlap sandbag, then attach with masking tape.
With long even strokes, paint over the stencil. If the stencil moves around, use your hand to hold the stripes in place as you work.
There’s a mini video tutorial at the end of this post so you can view the method I used.
Now that is one gorgeous grain sack stripe… in seconds!
It really does resembles a real coffee bean sack pretty closely.
So let’s add some graphics…
4. Stencil in Coal Black with a stencil brush.
Learn more about how to stencil from THIS post, or watch the short video at the bottom of this post.
5. White snowflakes were also stenciled in around the deer head.
It turned out perfectly cute and rustic, just as I intended!
Grain Sack gift wrapping ideas
Because this burlap sandbag is a little transparent, wrapping gifts in brown paper or newspaper prior to stuffing the bag would be ideal.
I filled this Christmas Reindeer Feed Santa Sack with some brown paper for the photo, then gathered the top together, tied with raffia, added an ornament and called it done!
Without even dusting off my sewing machine. Now that’s a win!
Well, I really wanted a rustic authentic looking Christmas Reindeer Feed Santa Sack this round, and I do believe I got it!
It’s currently sitting on top of a vintage sleigh tucked in front of the Flocked Christmas tree… and it’s perfectly adorable. My Christmas theme this year is Antiques, so this Reindeer Feed Santa Sack fits right in!
Video tutorial: how to stencil a Reineer Feed sack
Click above to watch the short video above to watch how I stenciled the burlap Reindeer Feed Santa Sack!
Things are starting to take festive shape thanks to these DIY Reindeer Feed Pillow and Santa Sack projects!
And it sure doesn’t hurt when you can whip up your own accessories to suit, does it?
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