Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Faux Mounted Deerhead {from Outdoor Metal Yard Decor}

I have been dreaming about this project for quite some time now since last Christmas.
Now, finally I have my very own

Faux Mounted Deer Head

I have searched high and low in every Michael's stores, resale shops and Hobby Lobby's for some faux deer but they were either sold out or they wanted an outrageous price for them if I was just going to, excuse me for saying, but massacre the poor guy. 

Here are two images that I have been eyeballing:

Jennifer's "Reindeer turned Mounted Deer Head" 

and this "DIY Deer Head Sculpture"
over at Liz Marie Blog

This week when I walked into the resale shop I had a little "hallelujah moment" when I saw this mess...
a broken Outdoor Metal Reindeer Light frame for $20.

It was in a shambled broken mess so I asked the sales lady if she would consider marking it down and she agreed.  She wrote $8 on the ticket and with the daily discount I ended up purchased it for around $5. 

In his former life he looked like this:

Not anymore, sorry buddy!
I stripped off all of the lights and cut off the head to find the shell of my future faux deer head. 
My vision was starting to come to life.

I took many pictures of the process but it's getting late and I am super tired tonite but was so anxious to show him to you so I am! 
I'll just tell you that it took only about two hours to complete and lots of masking tape and shoe polish to turn him into my new faux beauty. 

I will try to post a full tutorial for you tomorrow.  I know you cannot wait to see my excellent crafting skills.  
Actually it's been awhile since this fall I have focused on primarily furniture, it felt good to work some of the creativity juices. 

And here he is in my living room dressed up for the holidays:

Maybe that's too close!
He looks more like "The Grinch" from this angle.
Moving on....

It's ironic because MyLove has lots of beautiful mounted ducks and other animals but I will not allow him to display them in our living room but for some reason I LOVE this one!  And I definitely love the price tag considering that last year I was actually CONSIDERING purchasing one of these guys for way more than the $5 deer I found: 

I actually have two of these pretty frames and like them better but would have to swipe them from my girls' rooms so for now used what I have available on hand. 

Not too bad even though mine looks a bit more like a swollen moosehead that just got his wisdom teeth removed!   
Let's just pretend it's a fabulous deer head, shall we? 
I LOVE it!  
And MyLove thinks it's cool that I did a bit of a manly crafty project that does not involve glitter!

Would you hang him up at your house? 

Happy Treasure Hunting! 

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Sherry at The Rusty Pearl said...

Can we say FABULOUS !!!!!!!!! OMGOSH your just amazing.. I love how you did that. NOW i want one lol ... YOU made that look beautiful and I love yours better !!!!!!!!! .. As always CURB ALERT does not let cha down... Love it sister ...just love it !!! and you ....... have a blessed week

Katie @ Creatively Living said...

Brilliant! What a great idea! Never would have thought to do that. So smart!


Maria Elena said...

Tami, this is amazing! It looks beautiful! You are so creative! Can't wait to see the tutorial!

Laura @ Our Prairie Home said...

Love this idea, Tami! Absolutely amazing! I am so jealous. I need a deer head!!!!

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Tami, how the heck you come up with this stuff just never ceases to amaze me! This is the most creative thing that I have seen in awhile! Awesome!

Jennifer @ Dimples and Tangles said...

Great job Tami! He's so full of personality! I love how you took your find and made it work for what you wanted...never would have thought of using one of those wire frames. Thanks for the shout out!

Shannon Fox said...

Tami that is completely awesome. I can't believe you whipped that up from a metal form. WOW!

Lindsey @ Better After said...

SO creative. What a great idea, this would have never occurred to me! He (she?) looks great!

DIY Show Off said...

Tami - it's so cute! I love it all the more because it has personality and you made it! It's awesome! I know I have two of those deer lying round in the barn. You did a great job!

Kathy Shea Mormino said...

I would love it if you would join me in linking up at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop:

I hope you can make it!
Kathy Shea Mormino
The Chicken Chick

Margo said...

You did a great job, thanks for linking it up!

Vanessa said...

This is awesome. Great idea I would have never thought of doing this.