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You may have noticed a bit of a deer head trend running rampant in bloglandia. Deer heads are all up in the hizzy, all day errday. Behold:
I’m not one to snub my nose at a trend, but I did shy away from all things antlered for a while. Probably because I’ve never quite recovered from growing up in a little hunting town where decapitated deer heads were commonplace decor. Much like this:
Watching … always watching.
But there are so many great faux incarnations out there these days, that the almighty deer head has finally won me over. And they’re so cute at Christmas time!
I specifically like the silhouette look, so I set out to recreate some deer silhouette art for myself. It was a simple project, you can do it too!
Here’s where I started:
- a 2′x2′ sheet of 1/4 inch plywood, mine was around $6
- 12″x 12″ gold glitter scrapbook cardstock
- paint color of your choice
- 3M™ Sandpaper with NO-SLIP GRIP™ Backing
- Holmes Workwear™ Premium Safety Eyewear
- Corded Reusable Earplugs
- 3M Command Picture Hanging Strips
I used my skill saw to cut the board down to four 1′x1′ squares, with the help of my 3M™ Safety Products. I’m a safety girl, so I always protect my eyes and ears. You lose either of those, it’s permanent man.
This was my first time trying out 3M’s no-slip grip sandpaper, and I give it two thumbs way up. It has a rubbery backing that makes it super easy to handle, and it lasted so much longer than the cheapy sandpaper I usually use. (Up to seven times longer, according to the product description!)
I sanded the boards down, then proceeded to waffle for DAYS on paint color. I originally wanted white, but then I didn’t think the gold would stand out enough. Then I tried a gray stain, which didn’t work at all. Then I tried a maple stain, and my eyeballs almost barfed. Then I just mixed some silver craft paint with a little black for the semi-shiny gray you see before you, and sanded it down a bit so some of the wood grain would show through. The life of the decision-impaired.
After that, it was just a matter of cutting out the deer silhouettes I found online with my Silhouette. However, the paper I used was actually embedded with real lace (who knew) and my Silhouette was having none of it. I ended up tracing the silhouettes and cutting them by hand. So if you don’t have a fancy cutting machine, don’t you worry.
Then I Mod-Podged the deer to the boards and used the picture hanging strips to attach them to the wall, easy peasy.
Frugal Tip: My hanging strips were size large, and could hold up to 16 pounds or something crazy. Well, this project weighs like half a pound, so I just cut the strips in half!
Another tip: Use a matte Mod Podge. Mine wasn’t and now it’s much sheenier than I intended. (Sheenier is too a word).
Come back later today, and I’ll share a mini-tour of my house and more of my Christmas decor!
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