DIY faux deer taxidermy

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At the after-Christmas sales last year I picked up a few fun new pieces to incorporate into
my holiday decorating.  Yep, it’s almost October and I am finally doing something with them!

One thrifty find was a paper mache deer, laying and looking backwards.
It was $1, and I knew I wanted to upcycle it into a faux mount of some sort.

Going through some very old decorating stuff I came across something that must have been
a leftover relic during the country, duck/pig sponge-paint-everything days.
This little gem needed a makeover, but the frame was really cool, and I figured if I used
some chalkboard paint, I could bring it back from pastel-ville.

faux deer head diy


Here is what I used to make my DIY Faux Taxidermy project:

  • paper mache deer head
  • picture frame 
  • chalkboard paint
  • Martha Stewart rose gold acrylic paint
  • Chevron Frog Shape Tape
  • foam paint brush
  • white spray paint
  • hot glue
  • flowers to decorate deer

I began by using two coats of chalkboard paint on the picture and frame, allowing each to dry well
in between.  Once the frame and center were dry, I used the Chevron Frog Shape Tape to create the design,
and used the rose gold paint on the exposed areas.  It took three coats to look the way I wanted it to, a pretty
warm shimmery effect against the black chalkboard paint looks really cool.

 In the meantime, I used two coats of white spray paint to paint the deer head, and when it was dry,
brushed on two coats of the rose gold paint onto the antlers.  I love this color, it’s so pretty!!

 diy faux deer taxidermy head 3


The hot glue will make the paint peel if you aren’t careful, so I marked exactly where I wanted the deer
head to go on the frame, and glued it in place.  A little flower here and there, and I love how it turned out.

I decided to use fall colored flowers since we are half way through September already.  And I can always
change them with the seasons, or hang a pretty little bunting in those sparkly antlers.

Deer-friendly, and recycled, good for our furry friends and the budget too.

 diy faux deer head taxidermy

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Thank you so much for reading friends, wishing you a blessed & creative day!!


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  1. This is so cute! I love the makeover on the pastels and pansies…lol! Gorgeous!

  2. This turned out great and I love how you used the old frame! Did you get the deer head from Michael’s? I feel like I’ve seen them somewhere but now I can’t remember where.

    • Hi Katie!

      I found the paper mache deer at Salvation Army when they did their super clearance after Christmas, but I think it did originally come from Michael’s! Thank you so much for your sweet comment and visiting friend 🙂

      xo, Tanya

  3. such great vision! I love this! I need it in my house;) I’d love for you to come share it at Outside {the Box}

  4. This turned out so cute! Love it! Found you over at Outside the Box. Would love to have you link up with us at The DIY’ers!

  5. This is so, so awesome! Pinning it to the Monday Funday board! Thanks for linking!

  6. LOVE! This is FABULOUS! Would love to have you join us and link this up at the first Pretty Preppy Party this week (now thru next Thurs). Your awesome faux deer project links up to 5 blogs! xx, b @

  7. I love it T!!! Love how you re-purposed the frame! So pretty!!

  8. This is darling! Thanks for linking up to the Pretty Preppy Party! Heather @ Southern State of Mind

  9. That is a great tip particularly to those fresh to the blogosphere.
    Simple but very accurate information… Thanks for sharing this
    one. A must read post!

  10. YtrmHu that as why this post is outstdanding. Thanks!


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