Deer template, which I got from this awesome website. Chroniclebooks.
Cardboard or Foam Core (Whichever you prefer)
Box Cutter or X-Acto
Metal Duct Tape (Optional)
Beer Can Tap
E-6000 Glue (This is stuff is the shit)
Cut out the template pieces, place them on the Cardboard or Foam Core and trace it with a pencil.
Cutting out the pieces was, in my opinion the hardest part of the project. It was time-consuming and rough on my hands. I started out using the box cutter, which didn’t work the best in rounded edges. So I had to cut out triangles chunks from the surrounding cardboard until I got close enough to the template lines. I eventually just switched to the X-Acto , this let me cut it out with ease. Box Cutter’s also seem to have a hard time cutting through,both the top and bottom layer of Cardboard, meaning extra cuts to be made.
Just use the X-Acto!
I then decided that I wanted the Deer to be white, because otherwise it would have blended in with my Mocha Brown Bedroom Walls. So I painted it with White Acrylic paint, which required three layers for it to look good.
You can use anything you want to decorate and personalize this project:
- Spray Paint
- Be-jewel it
Use your creativity! I bet you could come up with some neat ideas. If anyone decides to make one themselves. Send me a picture at Madtowngals@gmail.com and I’ll post your version of the project on our site.
While I let those dry, I worked on the Mounting Board. Yes, on the Chronicles Books website they give you a mounting board in the template,but I decided to make their mount into a 2nd neck piece. Instead, I traced my own mounting board from another taxidermy piece I had. I loved the shape of it.
Looking at the image. You can tell my mounting board isn’t very symmetrical,but you can’t notice it when the deer head is mounted on it. I then covered it in some Aluminum Metal Duct Tape, which you normally use for Air Ducts. I thought it would give the project a special touch.
The site I found this project on doesn’t really tell you how to mount it on the wall. I had to come up with my own hanging technique. How was I going to hang this? You can’t use anything like tape or stickers, because that will destroy the cardboard on the back. I didn’t want to put holes in the back either. That’s when I remembered seeing something on Pinterest about using Beer Can Tabs as hanging hooks. It was perfect!
I found some tabs in my recyclables,and bent the top halves carefully so as not to snap them. Using my E-6000, I glopped two spots of glue on the back, made sure they were level to each other and put down the Tabs. With the Tabs, you can either string some hanging wire through the bent, top halves of the Tabs or just use traditional picture hanging nails.
Once you paint is dry, you can put you’re template pieces together.
Since I decided to make a different Mounting Piece. I also decided I would Glue all the pieces together,so it would be sturdier. That means,I won’t be able to take it apart if need be.
I only glued the slits facing away, so it wouldn’t look messy from the front.
I also made sure my edges on the back were level, or it wouldn’t sit level on the mounting board.
The two edges I just leveled out, I put a bead of E-6000 on both of them. Then positioned the Deer Head onto the Mounting Board and pressed it down. Hold it there, pressed down for about One Minute. The glue should get tacky and hold up the head by it’s self. This will take a half an hour to dry. When finished drying, continue to glue the edges together to make sure it stays secure.
Voila!!! Now you have you very own Up-Cycled Deer Head. Ready to be hungon the wall!
Plus,it is a lot less creepy than the real thing.
Hope you enjoyed my first DIY on the site! I’m looking forward to many more DIY projects, even if it does take a lot of work to post them !