Easy DIY Pattern for a
Deer Head Faux Trophy Mount
Don’t let the antlers scare you – this paper mache deer head is easy to make with the downloadable pattern.
You can add a natural, rustic look to your decor if you paint the deer’s fur like I did. Or use white spray paint or bronze coating for that awesome “faux trophy mount” look.
Watch the video below to see how easy it is to tape the cardboard pieces together and to finish your deer head with one layer of paper mache.
This is a downloadable PDF Pattern with full instructions. That means there’s no waiting and no shipping costs, and you can start on your project right away.
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Finished size: About 15 inches (38.1 cm) high, 16 inches (40.64 cm) wide and 13 inches (33.02 cm) deep.
To make your “DIY deer head”:
- Print the pattern on plain copy paper and attach it to cardboard with a glue stick, or print the pattern pieces on full-sheet labels instead. (See the materials list below).
- Cut out the pieces.
- Tape them together.
- Add a Styrofoam ball with hot glue for the eyes.
- Use foil to make the antlers strong and curve them the way you want them.(Be sure to look at photos, so you get the look you want).
- Add additional foil to the ears, eyelids and nostrils.
- Then turn your cardboard armature into a permanent sculpture by adding paper mache and paper mache clay. You can find the recipes in the Art Library on this site.
- And paint it. Use acrylic paint, like I did, or spray paint like the popular resin faux taxidermy sculptures. Or paint it with geometric designs or cover your deer head armature with colored cloth – it’s totally up to you!
Watch the video below to see how to use the deer head pattern:
To make this paper mache deer head sculpture you will need:
- The downloadable pattern
- Copy paper or full-sheet labels
- Glue stick if using copy paper for pattern
- Cardboard from 2 standard-sized cereal boxes*
- Pieces of corrugated cardboard from one or more shipping boxes
- Knife and sharp scissors for cutting cardboard
- Tape, both clear plastic tape and masking tape
- 1 ½” (4 cm) Styrofoam ball, cut in half
- Aluminum foil
- Glue gun
- Paper strips and paste or paper mache clay (or use both, like I did)
- Acrylic gesso or white spray primer
- Acrylic paint and matte varnish (or spray paint, if you want your deer head to be all one color).
*You can find recipes for paper mache paste and paper mache clay in the Art Library tab at the top of this site.
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