Make Your Own Deer Plaque

Deer everything and anything is always trendy around the Christmas season. Personally, I love deer all year long. If you’re like me and hold anything deer-themed dear to your heart or you’re just decking your halls for the holidays, you might find this deer plaque tutorial to be just the thing to work on . . . with maybe a cup of hot cocoa nearby and Christmas tunes blazing in the background.

deer 1


  • foam egg
  • plastic bottle
  • wood plaque
  • newspaper
  • masking tape
  • cardboard
  • Mod Podge
  • twigs or small branches (for deer antlers)
  • paint
  • hot glue gun

Animal-head plaques are all the rage right now, but they’re also quite pricey. Making your own will be a bit more time consuming and could possibly cause temporary frustration, but you’ll save yourself a lot of money. This project is made with many affordable items plus supplies you might already have on hand. With some patience and imagination, you will have a unique deer plaque to display on your wall.

For starters, you will carve down the foam egg to the shape you want it for your deer’s head. I shaped one end to create the deer’s nose. After scraping down the foam egg some, you can cut the top of your bottle off and attach it to the foam egg to make the nose more prominent (this will also save you some carving). Save the remaining part of your bottle. This will soon become the deer’s neck.

deer 2

Next, cut some cute ears out of thin cardboard. Fold the ends of the ears over to make a tab. This will make it easier to attach the ears. Tape your ears in place by wrapping masking tape around the head.

Remember the neck of your bottle you saved? Now it’s going to be transformed into a deer neck. Cut a 2-inch-wide slit at the top and bottom of the cylinder. Now use tape to secure the bottle to the deer head. Once attached, stuff the bottle with newspaper. Then continue wrapping the entire form in masking tape.

Once you have your deer form completely covered in masking tape, you are going to take it back to your childhood art days of decoupaging. Warning: this step may be a bit messy. Take newspaper and cut it up in long strips. You will then soak these strips in Mod Podge and place them all over your deer form. Keep this up until you have your deer covered with newspaper. Now allow it to dry for 24 hours.

Once your deer is decoupaged and dry, it’s time to paint the deer your color of choice. I used a light brown acrylic paint. Let dry.

deer 3

Just a few steps left, I promise. They are easy steps, too! It’s time to attach antlers. Drill small holes in the top of the head and insert twigs. Keep in place by adding a few dots of hot glue.

Now take your glue gun and glue the deer to your plaque. Finish it off by putting some ribbon or embellishments around the deer’s neck.

deer 4

Your prized possession is complete and ready to hang. This project does take some time to finish and you may get your hands sticky from all that decoupage, but I’m sure it’s less messy and gruesome than killing an actual deer to bring home for the wall. It also looks more dainty and feminine.

Thanks for being a “deer” and reading. Happy crafting!

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