Saturday, December 28, 2013

Buck Head Wall Art

DIY wall art, wall art, silhouette, animal head silhouette

I covet animal busts. But with price tags for the real kind in the hundreds of dollars, I realize
I'm not going to get one any time soon.
However, I recently read a post by one of my favorite bloggers, Amy at Buffalo Roam HERE. She printed out animal silhouettes, and painted them on cork board for her little guys room. Brilliant idea!

Amy's idea gave me a plan for using a silhouette of an animal head in my home. Not to mention, this was such an easy and fun project, I just wanted to do it!

The Buck Head is free to print out HERE. Or, if you're looking for different silhouettes,
just look for free graphics on Pinterest or Google. There are TONS.
I liked this buck silhouette that Amy linked, so, I printed it out.  I wanted a larger silhouette, but my printer wouldn't allow me to print a larger copy over several pages, so I took the small print and had it blown up at Staples. (The cost was .18 cents!).

I then cut it out, and traced it on a large (24" x 18") canvas.


And super fun.

I filled in the traced head with black acrylic paint. I toyed with the idea of making him sparkly, but I'm trying to cut down on glitter...

(Painting is not shown - but in my defense - I got side-tracked because
I brewed pot of coffee, but forgot the coffee. Aaaaargh!)

While waiting for the paint to dry, I sulked a little about the coffee.  Meanwhile, I had the idea to cover the whole canvas with burlap. I checked with Big A, who can be somewhat suspicious of my (sometimes) impulsive ideas, and he actually liked this one! Woot woot!

To keep the burlap in place, I used the staple gun, and stapled the burlap in just four places. I then used hot glue on the back side of the canvas, and glued it all around.

At this point, because I was caffeine deficient, I thought it would be a good idea to use my bare fingers to press the burlap into the hot glue! Umm OW. (I suggest you skip this step, and use something besides your fingers - like an old knife.)

Anyway, it all worked out in the end!

I got a cool new deer head to hang on my wall.
Big A made me another pot of coffee, with coffee in it.
And, my fingers, well, they'll heal.

To hang, I broke a soda tab off of and empty soda and glued it to the center top of the back of the frame.  (Like THIS, only I used glue to attach it to the frame). The canvas is so light you could just use a finishing nail to hang it.

  •  I notice that there is a strip of the burlap across the deer nose that looks a little darker, or more dense. It's less noticeable in real life, but, I may have to re-do the burlap if my OCD takes over.
  • I loved this so much I made one for my sister.
  • There is some debate over whether this is a buck or a moose. The free graphic said it was a deer, but my kids say moose. What do you think?


Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

Julia, I LOVE how this turned out! Now I want to make one on burlap too! What a nice gift for your sister. :)

Also, I think we've all had those coffee minus the coffee days, but it still made me laugh! said...

Hate to be the bearer of bad new's ... but you have a moose head with deer antler's.Don't let the kid's know their right!! After the hot glue gun and the forgotten coffee, I almost couldn't bear to tell you. You did such a nice job and I love your quirky blog. Deer have little noses , moose have large muzzle's like a horse.Let's call it dermoose ,you know like a jackalope , a jack rabbit with antelope antler's,. Lol said...

I love, love , your project but...... It's a moose with deer antler's. Deer have a nose, moose have a muzzle like a horse. Sorry the kid's are right for once !! Lol. Love your blog, alway's give's me great ideas and sometime's a good laugh!!! Farm girl

Amy@BuffaloRoam said...

I think your friend is maybe looking at the silhouette wrong... the base is the deer's neck. Not a moose nose. :)

Unknown said...

Thank you for your comments!

Amy - I see!!!! I was at a loss too - then again, I'm coffee deprived! LOL!


Jamie Koenig said...

Thats such a cute little silhouette.

Melinda said...

This is awesome! I love, love, love it! I think I'll make one for over my bed. :)

Unknown said...

Thanks Jamie!

Melinda - I hope you make one! They come out super cute.


Deborah@Green Willow Pond said...

I love your faux deer head! And Amy is right, it's the neck of the deer. We live in deer country and I've seen lots of real mounted deer heads. But I can see how you might look at it differently and see a moose too. Great project. Thank you for sharing it at to What We Accomplished Wednesdays. Have a great week!


Shelly said...

OK I am totally diggin this!!


Unknown said...

What a neat project!!!

- Brooke -

Unknown said...

Stopping by to let you know I will be featuring you Deer Thursday on Made in a Day! Thanks so much for linking it up! I love it!

Unknown said...

Thank you so much Kim! See you Thursday! Julia

Unknown said...

Thank you everyone for stopping by!

Unknown said...

This is so pretty! I love it! I'm inspired to make one for my craft room. Yours turned out great! Sharing the SITS love today. ;)