Faux Taxidermy Christmas Ornaments
Okay, I will admit it, this is totally ‚Äúout of the box‚Äù for me.
In fact, I am having palpitations writing this post right now!
But when Dean and Shannon of AKA Design invited me to be part of a Christmas Decorating blog hop ‚Äì I wanted to do something different.
I think this fits the bill!
‚ÄúAntler Art‚Äù has been popular for a while ‚Äìbut it can be very expensive.¬† So why not make your own for Christmas?
So, if you want to make your own faux taxidermy ornaments ‚Äì here are the step by step instructions.
Step 1: Gather all of your materials.
- Random plastic animals that you have no emotional attachment to.¬† I found some at Tractor Supply and some at a craft store.
- Wood plaques of varying sizes.¬† These were found in the wood craft department at a craft store.
- Craft paint and glitter of your color choices.
- Adhesive of some type. I used the above pictured adhesive for some ornaments and other I used hot glue.¬† I especially found that the antlers set quicker with the hot glue.
-Varying sizes of paint brushes for painted, adding glue and a dry one for dusting away extra glitter.
-A cutting board and cutting tool of choice (more details below).
Step 2: Prime your wood plaques and upper portion of your animals.
Turn on a Christmas movie and sit back and prime away.¬† I just used white craft paint and I found it did need two coats.¬† If it were warmer weather, I may have taken them outside and used spray paint.¬† There was something relaxing however about painting them by hand.
Step 3: Paint the plaques and animals your desired colors.
I chose to use bright blue, green, red and silver.¬† However, it could also be done in metallics or neutrals would be really nice as well.
As you can see, I have painted most of the animals ‚Äústill intact‚Äù.¬† I tested it both ways, some I cut before I painted and some, after.¬† It is definitely easier to paint before you cut them even if a little touch up is required.¬† I also decided to add a subtle coat of glitter paint over all of the animals as well as the animals so that they would reflect light better.
Step 4: Cut your animals heads off.
Sorry, there is no gentler way to say that.¬† And, there is no picture because this is a tedious part that is impossible to complete and photograph!¬† The antlers easily clip off with heavy duty scissors.¬† The smaller deer removed with a kitchen knife on a cutting board.¬† The moose required time, patience, a kitchen knife and strong utility knife.¬† The last two, I will admit, Hubby took out to the garage and cut with his band saw.
My point, you can try a multitude of methods ‚Äì just understand the bigger animals are surprisingly stubborn.
No matter what method you use ‚Äì please use common sense and tons of caution.¬† Keep all fingers out of the way and cut away from your body!
Step 5: Adhere head to wood plaque.
Using hot glue sets up pretty quickly and holds quite well.¬† However, I did use another adhesive on some to ensure it was a long lasting hold.
For the antlers, the hot blue is better since it sets up quicker.
This is also the step where I added glue to the certain places to accent with glitter.
Step 6: Add glitter and other details.
I added the glue to the edges of the antlers, the edge of the plaques and in some cases, all over the back.¬† Mixing up each one and putting your own spin is the best way to go.¬† Honestly, the possibilities are kind of endless.¬† It all depends on your own taste and the direction you want to go.¬† You could even make them ‚Äúyear round‚Äù in colors that work in your home and maybe minus the glitter.
Step 7: Hot glue a loop of floral wire in the back to have something to hang from.
They can then be hung as a display‚Ä¶
Or on a tree‚Ä¶
We all voted in our house ‚Äì which one is your favorite?
And don‚Äôt forget to stop by and visit all the other blogs for Christmas inspiration!