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