Faux Antlers

12:30 pm Clay Crafts, Crafts, Home Decor, Wall Art
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By Home Decor Contributor Jennifer from Brave New Home.

DIY Faux Antlers for an unexpected wall hanging. Tutorial at ThinkCrafts.com

I created a mood board for our bathroom and one of my inspiration images contained a pair of antlers.  I’ve never really considered decorating with them but I thought I’d give it a try since I knew I could whip some up for next to nothing.

2 - faux antler materials

3 - spray painting wood disc

4 - drilling holes for antlers
The only thing I went out and bought for this project was a wood placard– everything else I already had on hand!  I started by spray painting the wooden placard black.  Then I tried out one of my new drill bits to expose some of the wood for my faux antlers to adhere to.

5 - using sticks for antler frame

6 - applying clay over wood

7 - smoothing clay over

I hot glue gunned some branches to my placard then built them up simply using masking tape to add smaller branches.  After I achieved my desired shape, I covered them with clay.  I went back with water to fine tune the shape after the branches were covered.

8 - painting clay antlers

9 - gluing antlers to wood disc

10 - antler closeup

By now the placard was a mess.  I let the clay dry over two nights and by then the clay had separated from the placard so I popped them off and gave the placard another coat of spray paint.  Then I used acrylic paints to paint the antlers.  I used hot glue and wood glue to secure the painted antlers in place.

DIY bathroom art - faux antlers from ThinkCrafts.com

It’s a bit offbeat but I’m pretty pleased with my little pair of antler alternatives in my bathroom of all places!

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Jennifer will be sharing DIY projects, home decor ideas, and other budget friendly inspiration to help transform your house into an authentic home. Jennifer lives in San Diego with her military husband and their toddler son—so you can expect some kid friendly crafts, too! She believes you don’t need the biggest budget or the largest space to start creating a home true to its inhabitants. Her favorite crafts are adapting off-the-shelf items into affordable projects. Catch up with Jennifer at her blog born from decorating paralysis, Brave New Home.

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2 Responses
  1. Virginia in TX :

    Date: August 17, 2013 @ 3:21 PM

    a great way to not feel guilty about a “babmi” in my house thanks for the tut

  2. Jennifer :

    Date: October 7, 2013 @ 8:28 AM


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