DIY Reindeer Food Box

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Do you remember when you were little and you mom giving you the reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn so Santa’s reindeer would find your home?I remember sprinkling the reindeer food when I was little and I always did it with my boys when they were little now I give my grandchildren the reindeer food to sprinkle on the lawn.I have always mixed the oatmeal and glitter in a baggie for them to sprinkle until this year.One of my friends here at The Crafty Decorator asked my if I could create a reindeer food box and this is the box I came up with and I just think it came out adorable.I made two of these for my grandchildren I can’t wait to give it to them on Christmas Eve.

Here is a list of what you will need:

  • Reindeer Food Printable
  • Wooden Box( I used a 4.92”x3.54”x2.44” wood box I got at Hobby Lobby)
  • Red Paint or Stain
  • Paintbrushes
  • Rustoleum Matt Sealer
  • Mod Podge or Elmer’s Glue
  • 2 – 3”x4” Baggies
  • Red Glitter

Making the Box

The first thing you will need to do is print out the reindeer food printable label.  Using a fine grit sandpaper lightly sand the inside and outside of the wood box.  I used a red wine color wash I got at Hobby Lobby it is called Tattered Angels color wash tint, it is sold by the paints.  You can paint your box red with acrylic red craft paint if you prefer.   After you have sanded the box apply two coats of the color wash or acrylic paint letting dry in-between coats.  Once dry I used a matt sealer over the color wash if you used the acrylic craft paint you won’t need the sealer.

Once the box is totally dry cut out one of the reindeer food labels and trim down to fit the top of your box.  Apply either mod podge or Elmer’s glue to the back of the label.  Place the label on top of the box and smooth out using your fingers.  Let the label dry about 10 minutes then apply a coat of the mod podge or glue to the top of the label, let dry.  The next step I did was just a little something extra.  Have you every tried using a glitter nail polish to any of your projects, it is amazing.  I buy the glitter nail polish either at the dollar store or Walmart then I just brush it on my projects where I would like a little glitter.  I added a red and gold glitter nail polish to the red on Santa’s suit then I added gold glitter nail polish to the top where the stars are.

Adding The Red Glitter and Oatmeal

I purchased 3”x4” jewelry zip lock bags for the Oatmeal and small round plastic jewelry bead containers at Walmart for the glitter.  You can use what ever you would like to put the glitter and the oatmeal in.  I liked the little round plastic container for the glitter because they only need to add a little not the whole thing and they can save the rest in the box for next year.  All that is left to do is add your bags of glitter and oatmeal in the box.  You can also add the child’s name on the front of the box I think that is what I am going to do for my two grandchildren.

I hope you enjoyed this idea of the Reindeer Food box and make a few for your children, grandchildren or nieces and nephews I think they would get a kick out of it.

15 thoughts on “DIY Reindeer Food Box

  1. Jackie Champlin says:

    I’m definitely going to do this I have 10 grandchildren so I might do one box per household, I have 5 sons and I wish I knew about this when they were little . I love everything you create Sherry God Bless you my friend

  2. Katherine Eubanks says:

    I watched you make this box and I was thrilled at how it came out. I have to confess that I’m new to watching everyone crafting and always wondered maybe one day I would try making something. Many of your items that you have been making sure looks easy and I’m getting excited to try my hand. Thank you. Katherine Eubanks from Warner Robins, Georgia

  3. Vicki Wells says:

    I love watching you. I have made many of your crafts and you are such a down to earth lady. Thankyou for sharing your talents . 😊

  4. Theresa Libert says:

    Thanks so much for sharing this Sherry. I am going to make it for my great grandchildren. They will love this. They are at a precious impressionable age. 5 and 3, so this will definitely give them something to look forward to with Santa and his reindeer 💜

  5. Kaye F Dinsmoore says:

    Ok peeps looked it up no sugar, but I found a safe one for them I’m so going to make this for my girls
    2 cups uncooked oats
    Edible decorating sugar: white, red, and/or green (optional)
    1/4 cup birdseed mix (optional)
    1/4 cup dried, sugar-free cranberries or fresh uncooked cranberries (optional)
    6-8 resealable sandwich bags
    Free reindeer food printable poem (bag topper) –see the post
    Stapler glitter

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