Papier-mache Project

I was shopping at Hobby Lobby when I spotted a papier-mache deer head that I just knew that I had to have.  Anyone who knows me knows how much I love the whole deer and antlers motif.  Of course I could never hunt or kill a deer, or any animal for that matter, so I thought it was quite fitting for me to buy a premade one to decorate in my own style.  I purchased the deer head for $24.99 I believe but of course I have a Hobby Lobby app on my phone and used a 40% off coupon 🙂

I started the deer by painting the entire thing with gesso.


Next I glued napkins on to the head (not the antlers) with Matte Medium and painted the antlers with acrylic craft paint.  Be sure that you peel off only one layer (the printed layer) of napkin to use for this method.  Use the printed layer to glue on the deer head.  After the matte medium and paint dried, I distressed the deer a bit with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


I then painted a wooden base, found in the wooden objects section of Hobby Lobby, white before I used E6000 glue to adhere the deer to the wooden base.


After looking at it for a few days, I decided that the base needed a little something extra, so I used Liquitex heavy body gold paint to add gold around the outer edge of the wooden base.

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I scrounged up all of my paper flowers that I have accumulated over the years and glued them randomly on to the antlers with E6000 glue.

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And there you have it!  A deer friendly mounted deer head with flowers 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this project and if you give it a try, I would love to see what you create!  Thanks for stopping by 🙂


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