DIY Chevron Wall Antlers

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The Video

Have you ever seen an expensive piece for your home and thought to yourself “I could make that for less”?

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We all have, right? There’s a secret to making sure these imitation DIY projects look right though that most people forget.

If you use budget materials and go for the high-end look, you’re inviting people to make an unfair and unflattering comparison. You either need to go all out at a high level and invest a lot of money into your materials and a lot of time, or you need to be smart. One way to be smart is to take your DIY piece in a whimsical direction — to make it your own, and make it clear this is an inspiration and not an imitation.

That is what I decided to do when I came across some paper mache antlers and a deer head at Michael’s arts and crafts. I wanted them to be a fun piece. Sometimes fun is just the right accent for a room — never take your home too seriously!

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The Design

Small, fun accent pieces are definitely the place to use trendy designs. You are not going to have a set of cardboard antlers on your wall forever!

 Chevrons are everywhere now, so I thought rather than trying to paint a deer face or mount the antlers on a log slice and pretend they are real (which honestly never works), I would go completely outside the box  with a bold, glossy chevron pattern.
You could use paper to decoupage your antlers but it’s hard to match the lines and design perfectly, so I decided to paint the design on myself.
antler materials boardThe Materials

  • Choose paper mache antlers or an animal head (you can find these online in many different styles)

For the chevron deer head:

  • White primer spray paint
  • High gloss spray paint in a color that works in your room – go bold!
  • Delicate surface painters tape
  • Pencil or marker to draw out the design
  • Exacto knife to cut away the tape to make your design

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For the antlers:

  • White primer spray paint
  • Spray chalkboard paint for the base, or color of your choice
  • Acrylic paint
  • Artist’s paintbrush small enough to hand paint on the chevrons

The Process

Watch the video first, these instructions are meant to help you remember the order or answer any additional question

  • First, spray paint the entire surface with white primer – the cardboard absorbs paint unevenly so a couple coats of primer greatly improves your final outcome
  • Cover the entire face with delicate surface painters tape
  • Draw marker lines to match up your chevrons, see the yellow lines on the drawing above

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  • Draw your chevrons, I did not use a ruler because the surface is uneven
  • Cut away every other line with an Exacto knife
  • Fill back in anywhere that the tape line cuts away unevenly with small pieces of tape, see inset photo above
  • Spray paint the entire head with gloss paint
  • After about an hour of drying remove the painter’s tape
  • Touch up lines with paint and a small brush

painting-antlersFor the antlers only:

  • Spray paint the entire piece with the white primer
  • Mask off the antlers (I taped a grocery bag over them)and paint the base with chalkboard paint
  • Use the acrylic paint and brush to paint bands and chevrons in the wider spaces (see below)

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Watch the video if you are confused about any part of this process, or comment and I will respond!

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The Outcome

I love these accents! They were perfect in this winter sport themed room, I even have one in my office. I like to surround myself with a sense of whimsy when I design.

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The Budget 

$14.99 – Deer head

$5.99 – Painter’s tape

$3.75 – Spray primer

$3.75 – Spray  gloss paint

$0.00 – I had the Exacto knife and artists brush for touch ups

TOTAL: $28.48

 

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  1. Check your addition on the costs of the materials. The rest must be for your expertise and time and labor.

    I like the whimsy. Love the snow board head board.