Hello Liz Marie Blog Readers! I’m Hannah from We Lived Happily Ever After, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am to be here!
I have a super fun tutorial for all you animal lovers. Today I’m going to share with you how to make your own Stuffed Animal Deer Head.
I recently designed my daughter June’s room in a Rustic Prairie Theme (see the whole space HERE), and one of the biggest highlights of the room was all of the DIY’ed animals I made (like this bear rug for $6 found HERE)
I love Stuffed Animal Taxidermy. It’s a fun way to showcase your love for animals without hurting any of them. And lets face it, they look so adorable!
To make your own deer, you will need to download the below pattern.
As far as pattern assembly goes, the only pattern pieces that need to be attached before using are the two head pieces.
Next, you will need:
-A pair of Antlers
-Wood for the Plaque & Stand
(I used a 1×4″ for the plaque and a 1×2″ for the stand)
-Fabric for the Deer
(I used Burlap for the face, and Faux Fur for -the chest and ears)
-Black Felt for the eyes and nose
-1 bag of Poly-Fill for stuffing
-And finally a Needle & Thread and a Hot Glue Gun.
The first step to our DIY Deer Head is building the frame for the antlers. My husband has a box of antlers he collected when he was growing up, so we used a pair of them for this project.
Cut a 1×4″ into a 3.5-4″ block as shown above. Set aside.
Next, you need to use your drill to pre-drill holes into the antlers. This step is very necessary, because bone is much harder than wood, and you won’t be able to screw directly into the antlers.
By the way, I would not recommend drilling into your hand – the above photo is for illustrative purposes on where to drill – not how to do it. Taking pictures while balancing a pair of antlers and a camera is hard without an assistant. Haha! 🙂
Add two screws halfway into the block where the antlers should go. Then, one at a time, place your pre-drilled antlers onto the screw and gently attach using your screwdriver drill.
They don’t have to be super tight, but just make sure they are securely attached to the board.
Next, cut your 1/2″ board to about 10″ long, with a 45 degree angle that tips at about 10″
Pre-drill a third screw halfway into your antler plaque.
Attach the 1×2″ to the plaque as illustrated above, with the 45 degree angle on the bottom, facing the wall.
Now we need a plaque to attach our antler creation onto.
I screwed 4 12″ long 1×4″ boards together using the 1×2″ board on the back.
Now that we have a solid plaque, we can screw the 45 degree angled board to the other boards. You can prop it up using another 45 degree angled board, attaching it with wood glue.
Now for the sewing part! Each pattern piece will tell you not only what color the pieces should be, but how many of them to cut. Cut out as indicated.
Lay the face piece on top of the head piece and sew the outer edge together, as illustrated by the dashes in the above photo.
There should be one un-sewn edge on the nose piece. This is where we need to attach the neck piece.
Here are the 5 pieces all sewn together.
Now you can turn your creation inside out and attach the chest.
Here is the deer with the chest sewn on, turned right side out.
Now for the exciting part. Drape your deer head over the antler frame. Partially stuff it so that you know where to staple it in place.
I just went around stapling with a 1 inch hem allowance. Try to make the deer as centered and symmetrical as possible.
Here is what it looked like after I added the staples to the chest. Now we need to cover up that open hole in the back.
This is a piece that I didn’t include in the actual pattern, because it’s size depends on how much you stuff your deer, and the placement of your antlers. But basically you need to cut out a square of fabric to cover the back of the head, and attach the shoulders to the plaque. Mine was about 8″ – 12″ long.
I just folded it into this triangle-ish shape to give it straight hems.
Then I attached it to the top of the head, covering the antlers.
Lastly, sew the triangle’s edges to the rest of the deer to completely seal up the deer.
Now we are going to create a strip to go side the edges and hide all the messy staples.
To give the strip crisp edges, fold the edges behind the strip, and iron it so that the crease stays permanent. Lastly, hot glue the edges to the deer head.
Next sew the ears together by placing one brown, and one white piece together with their fronts facing each other. Leave the bottom un-sewn. Turn inside out & repeat with the second ear.
Sew onto the deer’s head.
Now all that’s left to add are the eyes and nose! You can use felt or even black tape for this step.
Now all that’s left for you to do is enjoy your new Deer Head Decor!