Faux taxidermy, deer heads, and antlers have been an ongoing trend for the last 4 years or so. Admittedly, it’s not for everyone, but I’ve always liked the look of the antlered creatures just not the price—or labor involved in creating my own. Most large white deer heads for sale range between $100-$250. Yikes!
I considered paper-macheing my own for about a second, but elementary school flashbacks of nauseating glue and globs of wet newspaper haunted me. Let’s just say the “bowl” I made in Mrs. Peterson’s third grade class still traumatizes me. So I decided to “Sandra-Lee-it” and find a semi-homemade way of creating my own deer head for less.
Amazon sells this frighteningly realistic resin deer head for $50 including shipping.
$50 is still a lot for me to spend on one accessory, but I consider him an early Christmas present.
I couldn’t wait to paint him so he’d stop staring at me :). I used two coats of Annie Sloan Chalk Paint in white and he looked fantastic. You could use any primer and white paint you happen to have on hand.
I wanted my deer to have brassy antlers, so I used Martha Stewart’s gilding liquid in brass. I also happened to have this on hand. For the same look for less money, you could use Rub ‘n Buff. I love both of these products!
And here is our reindeer looking magnificent after his makeover! For the scarf, I used the same technique that I used on my duct tape curtains.
He adds some whimsy to our dining room and I just love him! I think I’ll enjoy him all year round :).