Santa's Sleigh and Eight Tiny Reindeer

Gather all your little painters around, read them "The Night Before Christmas" and then, with the help of their parents, help them create this adorable keepsake!

Products Used

  • MB-882 -Rectangle Tray
  • SC-8 Just Froggy
  • SC-12 Moody Blue
  • SC-15 Tuxedo
  • SC-16 Cotton Tail
  • SC-34 Down to Earth
  • SC-35 Gray Hare
  • SC-42 Butter Me Up
  • SC-74 Hot Tamale
Decorating Accessories
  • AC-213 - 1¼" Sponge on a Stick
  • CB-110 - #10/0 Liner
  • CB-308 - #8 Flat Shader
  • CB-404 - #4 Pointed Round
  • CB-604 - #4 Soft Fan
  • BT-910 - Synthetic Sponges
Additional Materials
  • Pencil
Project Info
  • Designer: Marcy Freed
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Time: 2 hours


  1. Begin with properly fired shelf cone 04 bisque. Moisten a clean sponge and wipe bisque to remove any dust.
  2. Using a No. 2 pencil, sketch or trace on the landscape and the house in the bottom right portion of the plate. Draw a white circle for the moon in the sky.
  3. Usiing a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, apply 2 coats of SC-16 Cotton Tail to the snow covered hills and the moon.
  4. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, apply 1 coat of SC-42 Butter Me Up to the house.
  5. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, apply one coat of SC-74 Hot Tamale to the roof of the house.
  6. Using a CB-110 #10/0 Liner, apply 1 coat of SC-35 Gray Hare, make a square around the windows and a criss cross "+" in the inside of the windows.
  7. Paint the door blue using SC-12 Moody Blue.
  8. Using a CB-404 #4 Pointed Round, loosely apply 1 thick coat of SC-8 Just Froggy to the trees and bushes. Add stems using SC-34 Down to Earth.
  9. Using a CB-110 #10/0 Liner, outline the house using SC-34 Down to Earth. Dilute the color with some water so that you can get a thin line.
  10. To create the night sky, dip an AC-213 Sponge on a Stick into SC-12 Moody Blue, blot on your palette and then press and turn it against the tree to create a swirl. Continue this process until the entire sky is covered. It is okay to overlap some swirls.
  11. Using a CB-308 #8 Flat Shader, dip your brush in a small amount of SC-12 Moody Blue and lightly pull the color down from the skyline outward.
  12. Dab a small amount of SC-12 Moody Blue in the shape of the trees in front of and to the left of the trees to create a shadow effect.
  13. Using a CB-604 #4 Soft Fan, coat the child's left hand with SC-74 Hot Tamale. Place the child's hand on the bottom left of the platter with the right side of the hand tilting up slightly.
  14. Paint the child's pointer finger with SC-34 Down to Earth and make eight tiny reindeer bodies and eight tiny reindeer heads - one finger print for each. Each head is above and slightly to the right of the reindeer body.
  15. Using A CB-110 #10/0 Liner, apply 1 coat of SC-15 Tuxedo, make a single line between each reindeer head and body. Paint 2 curved lines like this "( )" on top of each head. Place two small lines coming up and off of each curved line to make the horns.
  16. To make the legs, continue using 1 coat of SC-15 Tuxedo, and the CB-110 #10/0 Liner. Make two small lines coming out diagonally to the left to create hind legs. Next, make 1 line coming out diagonally downward to the right from the front of the body and one leg coming straight out, and then make a 90 degree right angle downward to give the reindeer the look of flying through the sky.
  17. Add a black dot to each head to make an eye on each reindeer.
    Add one dot of SC-74 Hot Tamale to the nose of the lead reindeer.
  18. Using a CB-110 #10/0 Liner with SC-15 Tuxedo, add definition to the "sleigh" handprint. Refer to the photo.
  19. Lightly sketch Santa in the seat of the sleigh, referring to the photo.
  20. Apply 1 thick coat of SC-74 Hot Tamale to Santa's hat, mittens and coat. Place one dot of SC-42 Butter Me Up for Santa's face. Dab on a dot of white to the end of Santa's hat as well as between his hat and coat for his hair and behind his mittens as the beard/fur of his gloves.
  21. Stilt and fire to shelf cone 06.