2.25.2010

Mini Mounted Buck for the not so woodsy

I have always said you will never find an animal stuffed and hanging on my wall, anywhere!  Not because I have an issue with people who do (we live in Wisconsin, it's not uncommon here), but just that it's so completely opposite of my style.  But then,  a LONG time ago, I saw this tutorial at Chronicle Books  and fell in love with it. And since it's not dead, or stuffed,  I decided it was finally time to make one, but I didn't have enough foam board on hand (or wall space at the moment in our little apartment) so I made this little mini version and put it up on my inspiration wall!
I won't retype the whole tutorial here but I did want to give you a few tips, and the template for the mini version like mine.  There are two pages here, click on each image to see full size then right click and "save image as"
 
 


It took me a while to figure out what the body piece was when looking at the template, I guess they break it up due to printing size for the large one, so when you see the pieces that are open ended they are supposed to be cut out and taped together before cutting out of your foam board.  I did not realize this about the head when I made mine though which was a real pain in the but!  So I ran some hot glue down the two pieces and luckily it's hidden enough on the little guy that you'll never know.  Would have been helpful to have a few more directions though (ahem, who ever wrote this tutorial to start with!). 

Since mine is little I used 2 sheets of scrapbook paper.  I wish I would have had the wood grain paper like they used, I need to get one of those woodgrain tools from home depot so I can make my own.
Since mine was going on fabric and not directly on the wall, I used hot glue to mount it, it's really light from the foam board and mini size.  If you are going to hang on the wall you could use the wire technique from the tutorial or hot glue a ribbon across the back to catch a nail. 

I'm so going to have my husband make me a big one out of wood to hang my necklaces on, that would be quite the jewelry holder! You'll have to wait until probably 2013 to see that blog post! 

8 comments:

  1. I oddly love this! lol I am from Wisconsin too and have always had a distaste on dead animals being displayed, but I could live with this. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I love this! I've been admiring these things for a while!

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  3. That is cute. I love how it looks on your board. I might heart pink and green together. I am starting a friday post feature called "Just Another Fabulous Blog" and I am going to put you on the list tomorrow. Hope that is okay. My blog is tiny now with an awesome handful of followers (haha you are one of them), but hey any blog love is good right!

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  4. AH! While reading your post I seriously felt like I was reading something I wrote but don't remember doing! I just made that buck head from the same site and it is hanging in my living room. I never thought I'd ever want one or have one but deep down recently I've been secretly longing for one. I love the pattern of the paper you used. Love it!

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  5. I love the name of your blog!!! So clever and oh so cute!!!

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  6. This is too much! I love it! My father died about a year ago in a car accident and we were cleaning out the garage and trying to decide what to do with the antlers...I put them in my pile. I was actually thinking about pinking/glittering to hang in my craft room. Now there's a tutorial! Keep up the good work.

    Rebecca
    pinkpearlstudio.blogstpot

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  7. WOW, now you have skills! That is amazing!!
    Thanks for stopping by Shes.No.Martha. Come back again!

    A fellow Capricorn...so, yes, I know exactly what you mean...

    Kacey
    Shes.No.Martha

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  8. Such a great idea! I love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this.
    xo Jessica Rae
    {lovely ugly design}
    http://lovelyuglydesign.blogspot.com/

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