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Friday, 9 January 2015

DIY Deer Head

What you'll need:
Deer Head pack (Amazon)
Assorted patterned papers
Strong Adhesive (I'm using carpet glue)
Craft Knife (not pictured, far too menacing to be on camera)
When you open your pack you will find four boards with various shapes all ready to be popped out that will then eventually make your deer head. I decided to do each board of 4/5 shapes one at time so I didn't confuse myself come the end...it doesn't take much.
You are also given a piece of sand paper so make sure you get all the edges as smooth as possible, this teeny tiny piece wasn't enough for me but luckily my dad has a vast supply in his shed for such emergencies. Then it's on to the fun part...
DECORATION TIME!
I opted to decorate my deer with different papers however you could always paint each individual piece or just leave it simple by not doing anything to it at all. 
Take whatever strong spray adhesive you are using and spray the smooth side of the wood (as this is the right side for your model) and leave to dry until it's tacky. Then place down the wrong side of the patterned paper you're using and smooth down with your hand until you're sure it's stuck down completely. Then (very carefully) use your knife to cut out the outline and any of the slots and holes your piece may have.
One you've cut everything you will need to sand it down a second time as some of the paper may be a little rough, then voila you're left with a pretty funky piece of your deer head.
Now continue this for each piece on that board, then the second, the third and the fourth...
Four hours later (seriously) you'll have your pile of patterned pieces ready to assemble.
You have instructions and they're pretty easy to follow, I only went wrong once as some of the parts do look a little similar, so make sure you take your time getting the right part in the right place.
And hey presto you have an amazing (if I do say so myself) deer head to add to your wall. For this to work you will need a heck of a lot of patience, something I do sometimes lack but it was an idea I'd had for a while so wanted to see it through. I think it looks perfect on my photo wall in my room. I want to try and do more of these sorts of posts in 2015, let me know if that's something you guys would like to see.

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20 comments:

  1. Ooooh wow! I absolutely love what you did with all the paper! I've got one of these deer heads made up, but for some reason, I feel like the antlers are too big, as when I try to hang it up, they hit the wall before I can get the nail in the back slot. If that makes any sense? Does that happen with yours? :( However, I'm definitely going to have to get some paper and transform it into a beautiful thing, like yours! x

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    1. I took a bit of time fiddling around with certain parts of it and the antlers were one of them. But it's now on my wall and never coming down haha. Glad you liked the post xo

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  2. That is so cool!

    Mel
    http://girlandthepolkadot.blogspot.com/

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  3. wow that looks amazing!! love the combination of papers :)

    Melissa || www.vintagemelissa.co.uk

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  4. WOW! These are absolutely incredible!!!!!

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  5. That looks absolutely amazing! I wish I had the time to do this and somewhere to put it - it's so fabulous! You should definitely do some more posts like this.

    Rachael at broomfie.blogspot.com

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    1. thanks lovely, more lifestyle posts coming atcha! xo

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  6. I have seen these deer heads floating around online and they look great, but I have never seen one like this before! Such a great idea, I want one now!!
    Sam xx
    knockoutcouture.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. they're everywhere aren't they! do it, it's worth the four hours of tedious sticking xo

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  7. This is amazing! What a good project to keep you occupied!

    Heather x
    http://heatherrrrm.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. thanks heather, it kept me VERY occupied! haha xo

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  8. Wow, they're so cool! x
    http://my--socalledlife.blogspot.com.es/

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  9. This is so beautiful, love your twist on it!

    thriftylilpixie.blogspot.ie

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  10. I love the idea of covering each piece in patterned piece of paper, it give the finished deer head such an incredible look and makes it looks so much more expensive.

    Beka. xo
    littleworldofbeka.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. thank you, such a cheap way to do it too xo

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